Interested in joining in Cub Pack 404? I consider it a privilege to be involved with the Boy Scouts of America; an organization that knows what it stands for – the character development and Spiritual Growth of young boys and girls into strong leaders through fun and adventure. The Boy Scouts America has several divisions, Cub Scouts is only one of them. We are bound and follow guidelines set forth by Boy Scouts of America’s National Office. Cub Scout Pack 404 is chartered by St Catherine of Sienna Parish and the Diocese of St. Petersburg and is a part of St. Catherine’s Youth Ministry program. The pack is operating in compliance and is conforming to the policies/procedures of the Boy Scouts of America and our Charter Organization, along with the Diocese of St Petersburg.
An open letter from our Cubmaster
In my years of experience with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, I have yet to meet a person who regrets their scouting experience. However, I have met many who have expressed a deep regret because they either never joined Scouting or left the program early. If the pack you have joined doesn’t match the needs of your child, please don’t give up on the Scouting program – it works! You can easily find a new Pack at http://joincubscouts.com. Being a Cubmaster has taught me a lot over the years. I have not always been a Cubmaster, at times, I have had to be Janitor, Coach, Leader, Den Leader, Therapist, Boo-boo Doctor, and many more official and unofficial positions. As I reflect over my scouting years, I can see where we have had a real impact on our youth.
Scouting isn’t for everyone – but for those who stick with it, can lead to amazing things. Remember, Cub Scouting is just the first part of the journey. Boy Scouts is a whole other animal and operates completely different. I have seen boys grow from being a Cub Scout, and now preparing for their eagle ceremony. It’s an amazing site to see. If you would like to get involved in Scouting or would like to learn more about how you can help a Pack, District, or Council – please feel free to reach out to me, and I will do my best to connect you with the people who can make it happen.
Also remember, if you are a leader, and you are not having fun then you are doing it WRONG!
- Have I worn a chicken suit during a pack meeting? YES!
- Have I taken a pie in the face for someone who sold the most Popcorn? YUP!
- Have I cried when I have seen our boys progress along the trail of cub scouts, YOU BETCHA!
- Do I regret spending hours with other planning a single meeting? NOPE!
The Purpose And Methods of Cub Scouting
Just remember, Cub Scouts is a family activity – We need everyone involved! Typically, when we have activities we hope everyone gets involved. The Cub Scouting program has several purposes related to the overall mission of the Boy Scouts of America – to build character, learn citizenship, and develop personal fitness. Every Cub Scouting activity should help fulfill one of these purposes. When considering a new activity, ask which purpose or purposes it supports. Not everything in Cub Scouting must be serious – far from it! Silly songs, energetic games, and yummy snacks all have their place in the program.
- Living the Ideals – Cub Scouting’s values are embedded in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Cub Scout motto, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, and salute. These practices help establish and reinforce the program’s values in boys and the leaders who guide them.
- Belonging to a Den – The den—a group of six to eight boys who are about the same age—is the place where Cub Scouting starts. In the den, Cub Scouts develop new skills and interests, they practice sportsmanship and good citizenship, and they learn to do their best, not just for themselves but for the den as well.
- Using Advancement – Recognition is important to boys. The advancement plan provides fun for the boys, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members and their den leader work with boys on advancement projects.
- Involving Family and Home – Whether a Cub Scout lives with two parents or one, a foster family, or other relatives, his family is an important part of Cub Scouting. Parents and adult family members provide leadership and support for Cub Scouting and help ensure that boys have a good experience in the program.
- Participating in Activities – Cub Scouts participate in a huge array of activities, including games, projects, skits, stunts, songs, outdoor activities, trips and service projects. Besides being fun, these activities offer opportunities for growth, achievement, and family involvement.
- Serving Home and Neighborhood – Cub Scouting focuses on the home and neighborhood. It helps boys strengthen connections to their local communities, which in turn support the boys’ growth and development.
- Wearing the Uniform – Cub Scout uniforms serve a dual purpose, demonstrating membership in the group (everyone is dressed alike) and individual achievement (boys wear the badges they’ve earned). Wearing the uniform to meetings and activities also encourages a neat appearance, a sense of belonging, and good behavior.
Parent and Guardian Involvement
What is your commitment as a parent? EVERYTHING!!! The Pack will quickly fold if it does not receive support from all parents and/or guardians. For a Pack to deliver a good program you need to:
- Encourage your cub to wear his Class A (Field) uniform correctly and neatly
- Ask your cub how YOU can help him or the Pack.
- If you volunteer, please follow through!
- Attend campouts with your cub and be sure to come to family camping.
- Support Pack leadership – offer constructive criticism and help where you can.
- Share your skills with your cub’s den – be an activity counselor and/or a Pack Committee member or an Assistant Den Leader.
- Practice your religious convictions and encourage your cub to do the same.
- Attend an occasional parents and leaders meeting.
- Assist with fundraising where possible, it saves you money and teaches life lessons.
Please note, with Cub Scouts, typically a parent or guardian must stay for the entirety of the meeting, fundraiser or other activity. These above points are not listed in any special order. They represent just a portion of obligations and commitments you make when your son joins a Cub Scout Pack. While it’s true that Scouting is a more enriching, engaging and affordable alternative to leaving a child at home to watch movies with the next-door neighbor, remember that BSA doesn’t stand for Baby Sitters of America.
Families get the most out of Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting when everyone is involved. You would not lend a stranger your car or a sum of money, so why lend your son to people you do not know? Reach out and get involved so that you can enjoy and share your son’s future with him and others.
Yours In Scouting,