For Parents/Guardians of potential and registered Cub Scouts. Tigers (first grade - 7 years old with a Tiger partner) to Webelos (fifth grade).
First, I want to thank you for considering a great FAMILY program that will grow with your son. What other national program covers citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness in all aspects of its program.
See CS Outdoor Program Guidelines (5.07MB) and Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities Den meetings each week, the monthly Pack meetings, special fun filled activities through the Districts/Council are all designed to cover the
10 Purposes of Cub Scouting:(Page 2-2 of the Cub Scout Leader Book) You don't have to be a leader to read the BSA program materials!
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
Cub Scouting uses 7 specific methods to achieve Scouting's aims and they are ncorporated into all aspects of the program.
The Methods of Cub Scouting:
1. The Ideals
2. The Den
3. Advancement (see Tiger, Wolf, Bear & Webelos pages) 4. Family Involvement (attending the pack meetings so the Scouts can receive the recognition they deserve)
5. Activities (Dens, Pack Meetings, Field trips, Camps)
6. Home and Neighborhood Centered
7. The Uniform
Okay, now you know about the program, you're wondering where do you come in?
As a parent myself, I wanted a program for my son that would help me teach the ideals that I use in daily life. At first I helped the leaders set-up, run small jobs (Jack-of- all trades gofer) and as I got familiar with the program I volunteered for bigger jobs.
As you look at the registration form look at the back of the first page. On the right side you will see a Parental Agreement :
I have read the Tiger Cub Promise and/or the Cub Scout Promise and I want my son to join the pack. I will assist him in observing the policies of the Boy Scouts of America and of his pack's chartered organization. I will
- While he is a Tiger Cub, serve as his adult partner and participate in all meetings and activities.*
- While he is a Cub Scout, help him and approve his Cub Scout advancement.
- While he is a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout, attend monthly pack meetings and take part in other activities; assist pack leaders as needed.
*If the parent is not serving as the adult partner, the parental signature on the application indicates approval of the adult partner, and a separate adult application is required.
To help you support your Den and Pack, please fill out the Parent Interest sheet (27KB) and give that to the leaders of your Pack. This will let them know what you are interested in and good at.
Get a copy of the Cub Scout Leader Book (this covers everything you could ever run into). The more you know about the program and more FUN you will have helping! Download the Generic Pack Guide (509KB) that lists positions and support jobs that you can volunteer for. This guide can be adapted to your Pack if you don't have one yet. Even though you aren't a Den Leader (it gives you some idea what your sons den meetings are like).
As the nation's largest youth-serving organization, the BSA has a unique opportunity to make an impact on child abuse. All adults, whether they are leaders or parents/guardians should take the 45 minute online training at http://www.scouting.org/pubs/ypt/ypt.jsp
Contact your Council to see what their link is so you get credit for your training records.
Cub Scouts should see the video "It Happened to Me" there is also a Boy Scout age "A Time to Tell" and a Venturing Youth Protection: "Personal Safety Awareness".
If you leaders have outside commitments that conflict with their attending the District Monthly Roundtables volunteer to attend and pick up information and meet other Scouters who can mentor you. A lot of information can be learned about upcoming events in the area or council, changes in BSA policies or forms. Great boost each month to gather with seasoned Scouters who have been through the program! If your Roundtable Commissioner does not have the Treasure Chest Password have them contact me to put them on the RT list. Click on the blue link to see past issues of the RT newsletters.
Hope that this page and web site will grow with your involvement in Scouting! Welcome to Scouting!! CubRT