Cub Scouting is a family program. Family involvement is vital to Cub Scouting’s success. Our Pack is a family-based organization run by parents who volunteer as Den Leaders, Assistant Den Leaders, Committee Members, or as planners for a special event. In order to successfully achieve the goals of Cub Scouting, we need all parents to be involved in the Pack. Please consider volunteering for a Pack or Den activity. Your participation benefits the scouts in the Pack, the community, yourself, and your child. Cub Scouting also gives families an opportunity to spend quality time together. Each parent is expected to volunteer to lead or assist with two pack events per year.
- Lion and Tiger Parents work and learn side by side with their Scouts. The Lion Guide and Tiger Den Leader guide the activities for the dens and the Parent/Scout team work together to complete the activities.
Role of Parents
Cub Scouting encourages closeness of family. The program will give you opportunities to take part in activities with your son that you normally might not do. It provides a positive way for parent and son to grow closer together and encourages you to spend quality time together. In this way, Cub Scouting is a program for the entire family, and your involvement is vital to the program’s success. Some specific things you can do to help your son in Cub Scouting are:
- Work with your son on projects
- Help your Cub Scout along the advancement trail
- Participate in monthly Pack meetings
- Be an active participant in the Pack committee
- Go on family campouts with your child
- Provide support for your child’s den and Pack
Each parent is expected to volunteer to assist with two pack
events per year. Without parent
volunteers with often very minor tasks, we cannot put on the program your kids
Work with Your Scout on Projects
Scouts often begin projects at den meetings and finish them at home with the help of a parent. Such projects become the catalyst for parents and scouts – frequently joined by siblings and friends – to interact with each other in a relaxed way. Because the purpose of a project is to teach a new skill, a project will challenge your scout to do tasks that they haven’t already mastered. It’s not uncommon, therefore, for a scout to need help from his or her family to complete some of their projects. In Cub Scouting, Cubs are not expected to do things entirely on their own. So long as a Scout does their best to do as much as they are capable of, it’s perfectly acceptable for a parent or sibling to help. Some other at home activities you can do with your Cub Scouts include…
- Cyber Chip – Today’s youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies. Cyber Chip can be done at the following link https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/cyber-chip/
- Religious Emblems – To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, many religious groups have programs for young people to earn a religious emblem. The Boy Scouts of America approves of these programs and allows the religious emblems to be worn on the official uniform. https://www.scouting.org/awards/religious-awards/
- Cub Scout World Conservation Award – The World Conservation Award for Cub Scouts provides an opportunity for individual Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts to “think globally” and “act locally” to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources, and that we are interdependent with our world environment. Requirements for this award must be completed in addition to any similar requirements completed for rank. This award may not be earned by Lions or Tigers.
- STEM/Nova Awards – The Nova awards for Cub Scouts are for Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts who are interested in learning more about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These awards may not be earned by Tiger Scouts. For their first Nova awards, Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Nova award patch, followed by three more π pin-on devices. The patch and the three devices represent each of the four STEM topics. The Supernova awards have more challenging requirements and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM related activities.
Help Your Cub Scout along the Advancement Trail
The advancement plan is designed for parents to use to create a learning environment in their home. With the Cub Scout handbooks as a resource, parents and scouts work together to complete the achievements required for each badge. The advancement plan provides fun for the Scout’s, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with Cubs on advancement projects.
While Cub Scouts learn skills, and begin projects in their den meetings, the parent remains at the center of the advancement program. As each task is done or each skill is demonstrated, the parent signs the Cub Scout’s handbook to record its completion. It is also important for the scout to take his handbook to den meetings to allow the Den Leader to see the parent’s sign-off on the achievements. And when the Scout has completed all of the requirements to earn an award, the completion is acknowledged before the entire Pack of Scouts at the next Pack meeting.
Participate in Monthly Pack Meetings
The den meetings are for Cub Scouts and their Adult Leader. The Pack meeting is for the entire family of every Cub Scout. At Pack meetings, parents see their sons and daughters in action with their friends, meet other parents, and join with neighbors in the fun of Scouting. These opportunities are scarce, and Pack meetings highlight how Cub Scouting teaches our Cubs cooperation and collaboration. The Pack meeting is also a monthly showcase for all that the Scouts have worked on in their Den meetings. Craft projects are on display, skills are demonstrated, and skits are performed. While boys and girls at this age may seem to be struggling toward independence, having the approval of their parents and other adults whom they admire remains important to them – so your presence at these meetings is critical to underscore the importance of the lessons your child has learned.
Pack Meetings held on the 4th Wednesday of the month in the gym/parish center at SUMC.
Be an Active Participant in the Pack Committee
Boy Scouts is a scout-led program; Cub Scouts is a parent-led program. As the parent of a Cub Scout, you have a responsibility to be an active member of the Cub Scout Pack. Attending the monthly Parents/Leaders Meeting is an excellent way to help guide the entire Pack and impact your son’s scouting experience. Our Monthly Pack Committee meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the scout room in which our den meetings take place.
We know that it may be difficult for parents to attend meetings without siblings “in tow.” Remembering that the meeting is to help the scout learn and grow, we welcome siblings. Den leaders plan crafts and activities to suit the Den members present. Please bring things for your other children to enjoy and we will do our best to include them in our activities where and when appropriate. If your child’s sibling is in grades K-5, considering having them join the pack.