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 into strong leaders through fun and adventure. The Boy Scouts America has several divisions, Cub Scouts is only one one of them. We are bound and follow guidelines set forth by Boy Scouts of America’s National Office. 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.
Cub pack 404 = Family FUN!
Every Cub Scout Pack is a little bit different, each with its own characteristics and focus. At Pack 404 we are focused on Scouting Skills and values while having fun. That means we like to have a good time while we “Do Our Best” to learn about the world around us. As parents we all want our boys to learn important life lessons, values they can pass onto their children and skills they can employ every day. At pack 404 we try hard to keep Scouting fun and interesting for the boys. If it’s fun they will continue with the program and learn great lessons, values and skills along the way. As parents we have an obligation to our children to give them the best possible chance to succeed in life. With all the options available today we must make the hard decisions on which activity best equips our children for success.I believe you will find that what your child learns though his years of Cub Scouts will help your child be more successful and better prepared for any challenge that comes their way.
In my years of experience with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, I have yet to meet a man who regrets his Scouting experience. However, I have met many men who have expressed a deep regret because they either never joined Scouting or left the program early. If Pack 404 doesn’t match the needs of your child, please don’t give up on the Scouting program – it works! http://www.joincubscouts.com is a good resource to find other program locations.
Just remember, Cub Scouts is a family activity – We need everyone involved! Typically, when we have activities we hope everyone gets involved. No need to leave anyone out. Younger Brothers, and Sisters Included!
The Aims and Methods of Scouting
The Cub Scouting program has 10 purposes related to the overall mission of the Boy Scouts of America – to build character, learn citizenship, and develop personal fitness:
1. Character Development
2. Spiritual Growth
3. Good Citizenship
4. Sportsmanship and Fitness
5. Family Understanding
6. Respectful Relationships
7. Personal Achievement
8. Friendly Service
9. Fun and Adventure
10. Preparation for Boy Scouts
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 has to be serious – far from it! Silly songs, energetic games, and yummy snacks all have their place in the program.
- The Methods of Cub Scouting – To accomplish its purposes and achieve the overall goals of building character, learning citizenship, and developing personal fitness, Cub Scouting uses seven methods:
- 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.
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Yours In Scouting,
Charles J. Love – Pack 404 Cubmaster