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Serving Jarrettown and Maple Glen Elementary Schools


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Pack 405 Campership Program
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BSA Health Forms

In the unlikely event of a medical issue arising during a Cub Scout event or trip, the pack needs to have a current medical form on file for each cub.  This ensures we can promptly alert medical professionals to any specific health issues or allergies if necessary.  The medical form can be filled out electronically by a parent or guardian, a doctor's signature is not required.  Download the form from the link below, fill out and email the completed form to the Cubmaster.

BSA Health Form

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What is Cub Scouting?

In 1930 the Boy Scouts of America launched a home- and neighborhood-centered program for boys 9 to 11 years of age.  A key element of the program is an emphasis on caring, nurturing relationships between boys and their parents or caregivers, adult leaders, and friends.  Since 1930, the program has expanded to include all boys in 1st through 5th grade. 

The Purposes of Cub Scouting

Cub Scouting has ten purposes:
  • Character Development
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Good Citizenship
  • Sportsmanship and Fitness
  • Family Understanding
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Personal Achievement
  • Friendly Service
  • Fun and Adventure
  • Preparation for Boy Scouts

Membership

Cub Scouting has program components for boys in the first through fifth grades (or ages 7, 8, 9, or 10).  Members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys.  All dens are organized by grade; Tigers - first grade, Wolves - second grade, Bears - third grade,  Webelos - fourth & fifth grade.  Dens typically meet two or three times a month.

Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and pack committee.  The committee includes parents or caregivers of boys in the pack and members of the chartered organization.


Activities

Cub Scouting means "doing."  Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the boys doing things.  Activities are used to
achieve the aims of Scouting - citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.

Many of the activities happen right in the den and pack.  The most important are the regular den meetings
 and the monthly pack meetings.


Volunteer Leadership

Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions, as everything from unit leaders to pack committee chairmen, committee members, den leader coaches, and chartered organization representatives.

Like other phases of the Scouting program, Cub Scouting is made available to groups having similar interests and goals, including professional organizations, government bodies, and religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor, and citizens' groups. These "sponsors" are called chartered organizations. Each organization appoints one of its members as a chartered organization representative. The organization, through the pack committee, is responsible for providing leadership, the meeting place, and support materials for pack activities.


Who Pays for It?

Groups responsible for supporting Cub Scouting are the boys and their parents or caregivers, the pack, the chartered organization, and the community.  Pack 405 dues are $75 per year, per child, and most Pack events are at no additional charge - external events such as museum visits or sleep-overs have additional fees.  Packs also obtain income by working on approved money-earning projects (our pack is using the annual "Popcorn Sale" - please contact our Cubmaster for more information).  The community, including the cub's parents, caregivers and families, supports Cub Scouting through Friends of Scouting enrollment, bequests, and special contributions to the BSA local council.  This financial support provides leadership training, outdoor programs, council service centers and other facilities, and professional service for units.


Advancement Plan and Achievements

Recognition is important to young boys.  The Cub Scout 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 work with boys on advancement projects.

The Cub Scout program underwent a major update in 2015.  The ranks have not changed, but the requirements to achieve each rank have been completely updated.

Bobcat
The first rank, Bobcat rank is for all boys who join Cub Scouting.
Tiger
The Tiger program is for boys in the first grade (or are age 7).  The Tiger program places extra emphasis on parent/family involvement and fun group activities.  Cubs earn the Tiger rank by completing 7 adventures from the Tiger handbook.
Wolf
The Wolf program is for boys who have completed first grade (or are age 8).  
Cubs earn the Wolf rank by completing 7 adventures from the Wolf handbook.
Bear
The Bear rank is for boys who have completed second grade (or are age 9).
Cubs earn the Bear rank by completing 7 adventures from the Bear handbook.
Webelos
This program is for boys who have completed third grade (or are age 10).
Cubs earn the Webelos rank by completing 7 adventures from the Webelos handbook. 

Arrow of Light
The Arrow of Light award is Cub Scouts highest rank and may be worn on the Boy Scout Uniform.  Cubs earn the Arrow of Light by completing 7 adventures from the Webelos handbook.  New Webelos Scouts do not need to first earn the Webelos rank to attain Arrow of Light (new for 2015), although Bobcat is always required for new scouts.


A summary of the rank requirements can be found at the following link:
Rank Requirement Summary


Camping

Age-appropriate camping programs are packed with theme-oriented action that brings Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts into the world of imagination.  Day camping comes to the boy in neighborhoods across the country; resident camping is at least a three-day experience in which Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts camp within a developed theme of adventure and excitement.  "Cub Scout Worlds" are used by many councils to carry the world of imagination into reality with actual theme structures of castles, forts, ships, etc.  Cub Scout pack members enjoy camping in local council camps and council-approved national, state, county, or city parks.  Camping programs combine fun and excitement with doing one's best, getting along with others, and developing an appreciation for ecology and the world of the outdoors. 


Publications

Volunteers are informed of national news and events through Scouting magazine.  Pack member ship includes a subscription to Boys' Life magazine.  Both are published by the Boy Scouts of America.  Also available are a number of Cub Scout and leader publications, including the Wolf Cub Scout Book, Bear Cub Scout Book, Webelos Scout Book, Cub Scout Leader Book, Cub Scout Program Helps, and Webelos Leader Guide.


Cub Scouting Ideals

Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, a number of ideals are expressed
 in the day-to-day life of the boy and his leaders.

Cub Scout Motto
Do Your Best.
Scout Oath (Promise)
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people at all times, and
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally wake and morally straight.
Scout Law
A scout is
trustworthy, loyal, helpful,
friendly, courteous, kind,
obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean and reverent.
Colors
The Cub Scout colors are blue and gold.
The blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above.
The gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness.
Together, they symbolize what Cub Scouting is all about.

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The Pack 405 Campership Program
 

It is the policy of Pack 405 that no child should ever be denied the opportunity to join our Cub Scout Pack or attend a Pack event because his family cannot afford to send him.  In order to ensure that our Pack serves all of our community's boys regardless of their family's economic status, the Pack 405 Committee has created the "Pack 405 Campership Program".  This program will support any Cub in need of financial assistance by waiving either full or partial costs for that Cub's programs and/or events.  Funds will be provided  from the Pack 405 General Fund and replenished via annual Pack fund raising events or via specially designated "Campership Program" fund raising if so required.

Should your family require the services of the Pack 405 Campership Program, either for a single event or for a longer term, please do not hesitate to contact our Cubmaster or Assistant Cubmaster.  You may be assured that your request will be handled with the utmost understanding and compassion, and will be managed  in strictest confidence.  Our goal is to ensure that every boy has the chance to enjoy Cub Scouting to the fullest!