Parent Handbook Cub Scout Pack 373

Dear Parent:

Welcome to Pack 373. We're so glad you've chosen to enroll or re-enroll your son in our Pack. I know that you and he will be so glad you did. We've planned an exciting year and your son will have a great time learning, advancing and playing.

The Pack Leaders in Pack 373 seek to provide activities that provide opportunity for physical fitness and educational value. Every member of a Cub Scout’s family can enjoy many of our planned activities.

Scouting places significance on Duty to God and Pack 373 is firmly committed to teaching this important responsibility. Pack 373 is open to all boys regardless of their church home. If, however, you've come to our Pack without a church home, we invite you to join us here at Sierra Madre Congregational Church. You and your children are welcome to join us for worship and Sunday School on Sunday at 9:30am and along with other activities and programs that minister to every member of the family.

This booklet will provide an overview of our program. If you have questions or concerns about our program or leaders, please call the Cubmaster or your Den Leader or the Pack Committee Chair.

At the end of this booklet is a Parent / Scout information sheet. Please complete it and give it to your son's Den Leader at his next meeting.

Thanks again and Welcome!

In Scouting,
Cubmaster – David Sargent 2003

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Pack 373 Goal

The Committee and Leaders of Cub Scout Pack 373 are committed to providing a quality, year-round program of Cub Scouting activities. Special emphasis is placed on character development, spiritual growth, citizenship and family.

Cub Scouts are required to memorize the following pledges and motto. We seek to make them real in their lives and hope that you will encourage your scout as he strives to do so.
 

The Scout Promise:

On my honor I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my country

and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong,

 mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,  courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

The Cub Scout Motto:

Do Your Best

Akela: A name given for a parent, a leader, or a other scout role model. (In the "Jungle-Book" story, Akela is the leader of the wolf pack).

Wwhat WEBELOS means:

            "WE'll BE LOyal Scouts "

Purposes of Cub Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America began Cub Scouting as a program for younger boys more than 50 years ago. The purposes of Cub Scouting states that Parents, Leaders and Organizations work together to achieve the following:

1. Influence the development of character and encourage spiritual growth.
2. Develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship.
3. Encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body.
4. Improve understanding within the family.
5. Strengthen the ability to get along with and to respect others.
6. Foster a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills;
7. Show how to be helpful and to do one's best.
8. Provide fun and exciting new things to do.
9. Prepare Cubs to become Boy Scouts.

Pack Structure

Like every effective organization, Cub Scout Packs have a structure. Understanding this structure and how it works will increase your Scout's enjoyment of the program (and leave the parent far less confused).

Dens

Groups of 6 to 12 boys meet weekly together as a Den. A Den Leader and an Assistant Den Leader(s) and/or Parent(s) lead each den. Dens in Pack 373 meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. during the School year. Den meetings are not held during the month of December or when they conflict with church events. Tiger Cubs Dens meet once a Month. Dens are organized by age groups. We have one (or more) Dens for each group of 1st Graders (Tiger Cubs), 2nd Grades (Wolf), 3rd Graders (Bear), 4th Graders (Webelos - 1st yr.) and 5th graders (Webelos - 2nd yr.). In February of the 5th grade, boys move up to Boy Scouts, usually to Troop 373 of SMCC.
Pack
 

The Pack consists of the Dens and their Families. Pack 373 meets monthly and for special activities. The Pack serves as a "parent" organization to the dens and provides direction, program support and budget for Awards and other expenses. The Cubmaster leads the Pack. He plans and directs monthly pack meetings and other special activities. Pack meetings are typically held the last Tuesday of the month from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
 
 

Pack Committee

The Pack Committee consists of representatives from each Den and other volunteer adults who are charged with managing the pack and its programs. Parents are encouraged to volunteer to serve on the committee. The Pack Committee Chairman and the Cubmaster must be a member of SMCC.

Sierra Madre Congregational Church

Every Cub Scout Pack must have a sponsor. Pack 373's sponsor is Sierra Madre Congregational Church. SMCC has been a generous sponsor since May 1990 and provides a terrific meeting place and additional help. Our Charter Organization SMCC approves Pack leaders. Troop 373 started in 1924.

Membership Notes

Boys age 6 years (1st Grade) to 10 years are eligible to join Pack 373. Boys work toward a specific rank during each year in the Pack, the Year Start is June 1 and continues to June 1 of the next. See http://home.earthlink.net/~basargent/faq.htm for more info on or pragram.  In September, we provide information about Scouting to boys in grades 1 to 5. The best time to join is at the beginning of the school year in September or anytime from March to May.  But talk to us we have membership openings thru the year.

When you join the Cub Scouts, no matter how old you are, you become a Bobcat first.
You must complete eight steps to become a Bobcat, these are the basics of Cub Scouts.

First Grade boys are Tiger and work on the Tiger Rank 
Second grade boys work toward their Wolf Rank 
Third grade boys work toward their Bear Rank 

Fourth grade boys work on their Webelos rank


Fifth grade boys are second year Webelos and work on Cub Scouting's highest award, the Arrow of Light


See our Web page for More in on each Rank: http://home.earthlink.net/~basargent/dens.htm
 
 


Registration

Current annual registration for membership in Pack 373 is from $0 to $60.00 and $0 to $40.00 for Tigers and new Scouts check for this year. If fundraising is good one year the fee can go down (or a little up if not good). The registration fee pays for registration with the Boy Scouts of America, Pack insurance, an annual subscription to Boys Life and for the awards and supplies for each boy. This "once a year fee" also avoids the hassles of weekly dues. Boys must, during their first year in the Pack, complete a registration form for the Boy Scouts of America. Parents are also asked to complete a parent / boy registration questionnaire to provide some additional information to the Den Leader.Annual fee may vary next year, depending on Pack expenses and success of our only fundraiser, popcorn sales.

Regardless of church affiliation, boys are welcome to attend and participate in all Pack programs.
 

Scholarships

Should fees or any costs become a burden for your family, please contact the Cubmaster or the Pack Committee Chairman. Scholarships are available and all requests will remain confidential.

Volunteers

Parent volunteers/helpers are always needed. Registration and training are provided by the Pack for those who are interested in helping/leading. If you'd like to help in any capacity, please contact the Pack Committee Chairman, Cubmaster or your Den Leader. All types of help are needed: drivers for trips, assisting in Den Leader absence, etc. Remember that Cub Scout Packs don't exist without volunteer leadership and do your part when asked, if able.

Uniforms

An essential component of Cub Scouting is the uniform. Cubs are made to feel part of a group and have a place to display their awards when they wear their uniforms. Your Den Leader will provide you with specific information about what is needed. All uniform items can be purchased at the Scout Shop located in Pasadena. See Below for details. Uniform should be worn only to scouting functions.The Pack maintains an experienced uniform program. Families with uniform no longer needed can donate uniforms to the Pack. Families that need low cost uniforms can ask the Cub Master, to see if any experienced uniform are available.

Pack Program Highlights

Pack 373 plans a full calendar year. Although we don't expect every boy to attend every function, we encourage him to be as active as he and his parents want to be. Pack outings and special events will be led by two or more leaders and parent volunteers. Permission slips will be given for outings and special events if a Scout wants to attend without his parent. Boys without signed permission slips will not be allowed to attend without a parent. We'll do our best to help you remember but please make every effort to help us. Leaving a boy behind is something we and the boys hate to have happen. Tiger Cubs must have a parent or other family member over age 18 with them at all times.


Program Calendar

The Web  Pack Calendar  is the current calendar of events for Pack 373. We realize that boys and families have different needs and we've attempted to plan a program that meets as many needs as possible. It is not expected that each boy will attend each and every event. Please note that dates are subject to change, as we get closer to events. Announcements of special events and calendar updates will come by email or if you don’t have email, will come home with the Scout from Den meetings, or be in the mail. If you have suggestions for our program, please let a Leader know. Our major calendar planning is done in May and September.
Current Web Pack Calendar can be found at

http://home.earthlink.net/~basargent/w-99.htm

At this web site you will also find additional information about Pack 373.
 

Pack Meetings

Monthly Pack Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month in the evening from 7:00 to 8:30. We attempt to keep these meetings to the time set. The meeting gives the boys a chance to demonstrate the skills they have learned and receive the awards they've earned. The entire family is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Many of the Pack meetings are based on a Theme. April is usually our Pinewood Derby Race and May our Year End – Rank Advancement meeting.
See for dates: http://home.earthlink.net/~basargent/w-99.htm

Blue & Gold Banquet

Pack 373 and Cub Scout Packs all over the USA celebrate Scouting's birthday each February by hosting a Blue & Gold Banquet. Our banquet is held on the last Tuesday evening in February with a special Pack Meeting in which rank awards are given. The Pack provides the meal at a small cost. Mark this special date on your calendar and make plans to attend.

God & Me  and God & Country Program

The Pack sponsors a religious education programs for boys of Protestant faiths. These optional programs are divided by age group. Boys in the first, second and third grades can earn the God & Me award. Boys in the fourth and fifth grade earn the God & Family award. Classes for both programs are held after February. More information and registration will be provided later in the year. Boys of non-Protestant faiths are encouraged to earn the award designed for their faith. At completion the Pack will award the Purple knot award for the Scout.     http://home.earthlink.net/~basargent/Faith.htm

Fund Raising

Once a year the Pack 373 participates in fund raising activities. We sell  Popcorn in the fall. Prizes are awarded to sellers. Funds raised from this activity go to defray Pack program expenses. Scouts are encouraged to participate but Parents may choose otherwise. We always want to respect the wishes of the parents without making the Scouts feel bad for not participating. Please don’t feel pressured to participate. Popcorn page
 

Special Programs

The Pack plans a variety of other special programs, like our monthly outings, that assist the Scouts in advancing and provides an opportunity for a good time. These events may be hikes, tours, or service projects. As mentioned before, parents and other family members are almost always invited to attend.

 Scout Expo is held around the first Saturday in June or Last Sat of May.
 
 
 

Council and District Activities

Several events are scheduled by the local council Greater Los Angeles Area Council  (was San Gabriel Valley Council )) and our District San Gabriel Valley (Lucky Baldwin). Pack 373 participates in the Council's Scout Expo in June or May and summer Cub Day Camps, which are sponsored by the Council. Some of these events may be held at the Council's Camp Trask in Monrovia Canyon or at Cherry Valley on Santa Catalina Island. More information and registration forms will be sent to you as they become available.http://home.earthlink.net/Camp.htm
 

Summer Activities

Den and Pack meetings stop at the end of May and start again in September. Pack 373 does not completely close down during the summer. Special activities are planned and boys are encouraged to remain active. Sierra Madre 4th of July parade, picnics, swimming, Dodgers games, outdoors games and other summer activities have been held in the past and will be planned again.
Pack 373 makes every effort to send Scouts to the Council sponsoredCub Scout and Webelos Resident Camps held at Camp Trask in June, July and August. Extra parent involvement is needed. We will begin promoting this event late in the spring, as the dates become firm.
Check the Pack web calendar for the planned dates.
Tiger Cub day camp is held in March.


Parent Responsibilities

When joining Pack 373, each parent or adult family member agrees to support their scout in the following ways:

1. See that he has the proper uniform and handbook.
2. Assist him in attending weekly Den meeting and monthly Pack meetings when possible.
3. Work with him at home to complete home achievements for his rank award. (Den Homework)
4. Return information forms and permission slips as asked.
5. Support his Den Leader as a resource person or substitute if asked and if able.
6. If able, agree to serve in some leadership or helper capacity as needed.
7. Provide input to the Den Leader or Pack leadership with regard to Pack or Den programming.

Uniforms, part 2
There is one way all Scouts are alike. Whenever a Scout sees another Scout in uniform he knows he is like that person because both have committed to the ideas of the Scout Promise and Scout Law. By wearing the uniform, Scouts and Leaders are taking an open stand for their ideas.

Tiger Cub Uniform
See Cub Scout Uniform below. With Official Neckerchief
Hat: (optional) Official r Scout baseball-style cap
The pack provides the Tiger Book to help you get started. (and each rank after that in May)
Cub Scout Uniform (Wolf, Bear and 1st year Webelos)

Shirt: Official Cub Scout dark blue shirt. The council patch, pack number, den number, and world scouting emblems need to be sewn on.

Neckerchiefs: Official Wolf Neckerchief is worn by second-graders. Official Bear Neckerchief is worn by third-graders. The neckerchief is rolled and placed under the shirt collar. This is provided by the Pack in May.

Slide: Official gold metal slide with Cub Scout emblem this is provided by the Pack in May or handmade neckerchief slides may be worn.

Belt: Official navy blue web belt with metal buckle and Cub Scout emblem.

BSA Hat: (optional) Official Cub Scout baseball-style cap-navy with gold front panel and Cub Scout emblem. The hat is optional, but is the only hat that may be worn with the uniform.

BSA Socks  (optional): Official navy blue Cub Scout socks with gold tops.
Pants: Blue Jeans shorts or long pants or optionally the Official navy blue Cub Scout shorts or long pants.


Wolf          Bear            Tiger
(Hat are optional)  Pack 373 uses Blue Jean.

Webelos Scout Uniform:

The Webelos Scout may choose either the blue Cub Scout uniform, or the tan/olive uniform similar to the one worn by Boy Scouts. The location of badges and insignia is the same for both uniforms. Boys who are growing out of their uniforms should replace their blue Cub Scout uniform with a tan/olive uniform.
Blue uniform: The trousers, shorts, socks, and shirt are the same as those described for the Cub Scout uniform.
Tan/Olive uniform: When the tan/olive uniform is chosen official Boy Scout tan shirt with blue shoulder patches are worn. Blue Jeans or the official Boy Scout olive trousers or shorts and olive socks are worn.

The following parts are worn with both Webelos uniforms:

Neckerchief: Official Webelos plaid neckerchief. The neckerchief is rolled and placed under the shirt collar. Provide by Pack.

Slide: Official gold metal slide with Webelos emblem or handmade slides may be worn. This is provided by the Pack.

Belt:  Official Scout navy blue or olive web belt with metal Webelos belt buckle. Belt loops fit on the official Scout blue belt, so you may want to postpone using the olive belt until Boy Scouts.

Cap: (optional)Official Webelos baseball-style cap-navy blue with light blue front panel and Webelos emblem. The hat is optional, but is the only hat that may be worn with the uniform.

Scouts in Pack 373 buy their own uniform, including general patches. The pack provides advancement badges. Wolf and Bear cubs use the blue Cub Scout uniform, while Webelos can choose whether to wear a blue Cub Scout uniform or tan Boy Scout uniform shirt. Pack 373 accepts any blue jean pants or shorts worn with the blue Cub Scout shirt.

BSA uniform can be worn only to Scouting events, with one exception. On Scout meeting Tuesdays he may wear the uniform all day, as he is going to Scouts that evening.


     Blue                 Tan     (Webelos, move to Tan is Blue is too small, Tan is used in Troop 373 also)
(Hata are optional) Pack 373 uses Blue Jean.

Optional Uniform pieces

The patch vest (or Jacket) is not part of the official uniform. It can be worn by Cub and Webelos Scouts for the display of temporary and other patches that have been earned by the boy as a part of the Scouting experience. The patch vest should not be worn with the uniform for formal ceremonies or inspections.

Uniforms and books can be bought at the Boy Scout council store:

Smiser Scout Center
3450 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. , Pasadena, CA 91107-1934
(626) 351-3638 

Store Hours

Please check to see if hours have changed :https://www.glaacbsa.org/scout_shops

For more places to shop see the  Frequently Asked Questions about Pack 373 and Scouting page

Other facts:
Akela: A name given for a parent, a leader, or a role model. (In the "Jungle-Book" story, Akela is the leader of the wolf pack).

BSA Membership facts:

Cub Scouting, like its Boy Scouting and Exploring counterparts, follows a long-range plan to reach youth nationwide and of all ages. Cub Scout membership is currently:
973,442 Cub Scouts
570,889 Pack Leaders
819,296 Webelos Scouts
53,080 Packs
303,073 Tiger Cub Teams
In 1997, Cub Scouting membership (Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts) grew to more than 2.1 million, an increase of 2.7 percent and the third consecutive year of growth.
The percentage of trained Cub Scout adult leaders increased to 40 percent, a gain of 9 percent over 1996. Cub Scout day, resident, and family camping continued to grow in popularity, with more than 38 percent of members - almost 570,000 boys - participating in one of these outdoor experiences.