Table of Contents

I.      CUB SCOUTING AND YOUR FAMILY

II.      Your Son, Scouting, and You

III.      Boy Scout vs. Cub Scout

IV.      Tiger Cubs Program

V.      Cub Scouting program

VI.      All Pack 532 Parents Are Leaders

VII.      Cub Scouts : What is a Den

VIII.      Pack 532 Uniform Requirements (Where to get the Uniform)

IX.      Cub Scout Ranks

X.      Activities & Event Descriptions

XI.      Pack Service Projects

XII.      How Is Pack 532 Financed?

XIII.      Committee ORGANIZATION AND DUTIES

XIV.      PARENT LEADERSHIP Positions

XV.      THE PACK Committee Positions

XVI.      Meetings

XVII.      How to Run Den Meetings

XVIII.      Appendix

      Cub Scouting & your Family

You are reading this because you have shown an interest in becoming a Cub Scout family.  You have chosen Cub Scouting because you know it is home and neighborhood centered.  You know that Cub Scouting is designed to support family life.  The program also helps to meet your boy's growth needs such as:

•To learn new physical skills.  He can do this through games, sports, and crafts.  As he develops his coordination, he gains a sense of worth and acceptance by his peers.

•To learn to get along with boys of his same age.  He needs to form friendships with other boys.  He needs to learn how to balance giving and receiving affection if he is to relate well to his peers. He needs to belong to a group of boys his own age.

• To develop his mental processes.  He can develop his mental process by reading, writing, and calculating.  He needs opportunities to use language to express ideas and to influence others.  He must move from a preoccupation with self to understanding how and what others think of him.  Opportunities for observation and experimentation will help him learn self-reliance.

•To develop a conscience.  He must begin to develop a sense of what is right and wrong and what is fair and unfair.  He will do this by cooperating with other boys, by being taught, by examples of adults, and from positive reinforcement.  He begins to develop cooperative social attitudes.

•To develop personal independence.  He needs to be less dependent on adults.  His same age buddies become important to him.

These are the developmental tasks a boy of this age needs to begin working on.  He needs to belong to a group of boys his own age.  This is exactly where Cub Scouting comes in.  A Den is like a neighborhood gang of six or eight boys in which he will achieve status and recognition.

As you learn more about how Cub Scouting works and what goes on in a Den and a Pack, you will see that the program helps your boy in these five important developmental needs.  The uniqueness of Cub Scouting is that you, as his family, join the program with your boy. You will help him all along the way.

Pack 532 welcomes you and your family to our organization and we hope that your experiences will be as beneficial to your family as it has been to all of our families.

                                                                                                        Sincerely,

Bob Mueller

                                                                                                Pack 532 Cubmaster


Your Son, Scouting, and You!

As a father or mother, you want your son to grow up to be a person of worth – a self-reliant, dependable, and caring individual. Scouting has these same goals in mind for him.  Since 1910 we've been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, developing good citizenship, and enhancing physical fitness in youth.

These values help your son make good decisions throughout his lifetime and give him confidence as he becomes an adult leader of tomorrow.

With all the negative influences in today's society, Scouting provides your son with a positive peer group and a program that is fun and adventurous and helps him to "be prepared" to shape his own future.

Boy Scout vs. Cub Scout:

  What is the difference?

When your son graduates from Cub Scouting, there is more in store for him.  Boy Scouting awaits him as he grows older.  The local Boy Scout Troops in Easton, Maryland, are called Troop 532 and Troop 190.  There are 2 Packs of Cub Scouts in Easton that feed into the troops – Pack 532 and Pack 190. Each of these Packs works in cooperation to prepare the local Cub Scouts to enter Boy Scouting.

Boy Scouting: A Brief Overview of Troops 532 & 190, Easton, MD

• A troop- and patrol-centered program for boys in sixth grade through senior high school designed to build and foster lifetime skills.  As Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting, said, "The patrol method is not (just) a method.  It is the method."

• The program builds self-esteem, self-reliance, and self-respect through a blend of outdoor experiences, educational and instructional skills, recognition, value building, and fun.

• Among the activities offered are: more than 120 hobby and career skills available through the merit badge program, year round camping and outside activities, an honor camping society, recognition, leadership training, service projects, and special events.

• Boys and adult Leaders meet weekly as a Troop, and monthly for an overnight or weekend campout or other outdoor activity.

 

Cub Scouts: what is it all about?


 

Tiger Cubs Program
Motto: Search, Discover, Share

Tiger Cubs BSA is a 1-year program for first-grade boys.  Each boy participates with a parent (or another adult family member) in family-oriented activities.  These include things from family camping to preparing for emergencies to several Go See It outings.

The time you and your son spend in Tiger Cubs is meant to be fun, a chance to get to know one another better, and do things with your family as well as other members of the Tiger Cub group whom you see at monthly meetings.

Cub Scouting program
Motto: Do Your Best

Cub Scouting is a home-and neighborhood-centered program designed to support family life for boys in second through fifth grades.  Each Cub Scout learns to respect his home, country, God, and other people.  The program also helps boys this age to

• Learn new physical skills through sports, crafts, and games.

• Learn how to get along with others through group activities.

• Develop new mental skills such as tying useful knots and using a compass.

• Develop personal independence.

In a society where your son is often taught that winning is everything, Cub Scouting teaches him to “do his best” and be helpful to others as expressed in the Cub Scout Promise.

A Cub Scout Den provides your Son a group of boys his own age in which he can earn status and recognition.  In it he will also gain a sense of personal achievement from the new skills he learns.  Usually, second graders join a Wolf Den, third graders join a Bear Den, and fourth and fifth graders join a Webelos Den.

All Pack 532 Parents Are Leaders!

Scouting operates through volunteer leadership.  Volunteer unit Leaders are an example of Scouting’s principle of service to others.  Naturally, parents are a primary source of Leaders in the Scouting program.  You volunteer not only to serve Scouting, but also to serve your son and his friends, and to have the chance to be a positive influence on the youth in your community.

As a Parent-Leader, What do you receive in Return?

Being a Leader is fun, challenging, and rewarding.  Leaders find that their experience helps them to become better parents.  The following are some of the many dividends that will enrich your life as you dedicate your valuable time, talent, and enthusiasm to Scouting:

• Fun and fellowship with other families

• Sharing your pride in the boys' accomplishments

• The privilege of helping to enrich and strengthen families

• A chance to help boys learn good citizenship and to help shape them into men who have strength of character and are sensitive to the needs of others

• The opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of boys as they grow strong in mind and body

• A code to live by which will set a worthwhile example for both boys and adults

• The satisfaction of being a member of a worldwide movement, and pride in being publicly identified as a part of the organization – wearing the Scouting uniform is a visible means of showing you believe in and stand up for the ideals, and objectives of the Boy Scouts of America

Cub Scouts

  What is a Den, Pack, Committee, and Chartering Organization???

I. Your boy is a member of a Den.  (Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I or II)

A. A Den has 4 to 8 boys.
B. The Den meets at least once a month.
C. The Den is led by a Den Leader (usually a parent of one of the Den members)
D. The Den Leader is usually assisted by an Assistant Den Leader, and a
      Denner (a Cub Scout elected by Den members.)
E. Den Meetings have games, crafts, stunts, songs, ceremonies, and lots of fun.

II. Your boy is a member of Pack 532 .

A. A Pack is made up of several Dens.
B. The Pack meets once a month (see calendar for dates) – all Cub Scout families
     attend.
C. The monthly Pack Meeting is led by the Cubmaster.
D. The Pack Meeting is the climax of the month's Den Meetings and activities.
E. Pack Meetings have games, skits, stunts, songs, ceremonies, and presentations
    of Badges that the boys earned that month.  These are held at the Church of
    Nazarene.  Pack 532 may occasionally opt not to have a formal meeting and
    attend a special event such as a Pack picnic, parade, or camp outing.

III.   The Pack is run by the Pack Committee.

A. The Pack Committee is made up of Den Leaders and assistants, Webelos Leaders and assistants, and the Cubmaster and assistants.  Most of these Leaders are parents of boys in the Pack.
B. The Committee meets once a month at the monthly Committee / Leaders' Meeting.
C. The Committee is led by a Committee Chair and the Cubmaster.
D. The Committee plans Pack Meetings around the monthly theme and assigns the Dens activities for the Pack Meetings.
E. The Committee selects Leaders, performs record keeping, manages Pack finances, orders badges, maintains Pack equipment, helps train Leaders, and recognizes Leaders.

IV. The Pack is owned by the chartered organization (The Church of Nazarene, Easton).

A. The Church of Nazarene operates Pack 532 within the guidelines and policies of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.
B. The Church of Nazarene provides a Pack Meeting place, a place for Dens to meet, and a room for Pack 532 to store materials owned by the Pack.

Pack 532 Uniform Requirements

Pack 532 Leaders and Scouts wear Scout Uniforms to all meetings and functions.  A uniform consists of shirt, hat, neckerchief, and neckerchief slide.  The uniform pants are not required to start, however, blue pants or shorts are acceptable.  The Cub Scout handbook is also required.  These may be purchased from a Scout distributor such as Cherry's in Easton.  Uniform Inspection of each Scout will be held in November.  Below are the class "A" uniform requirements.  Class "B" uniform (yellow Shirt) is provided by the Pack.  Contact the cubmaster for ordering information.

Uniforms may be purchased at:

Cherry's 111 Dover Street, Easton    410-822-4750   (Down the hill from the Clay Bakers)

Tigers

Wolves

Bears

Webelos

•Tiger Cub Cap

•Cub Scout Shirt

(Blue-Short Sleeved)

•Tiger Neckerchief and Slide

•Cub Scout Belt

  (Not a Tiger Cub Belt)

•Wolf Scout Cap

•Cub Scout Shirt

  (Blue-Short Sleeved)

•Cub Scout Belt

•Blue Trousers

•Blue Shorts

•Wolf Neckerchief and Slide

*See the last page of this booklet for uniform patch placement.

•Bear Scout Cap

•Cub Scout Shirt

  (Blue-Short Sleeved)

•Cub Scout Belt

•Blue Trousers

•Blue Shorts

•Bear Neckerchief and Slide

*See the last page of this booklet for uniform patch placement.

•Webelos Cap

•Boy Scout Shirt

(Khaki-Short Sleeved)

•Blue Shoulder Loops

•Cub Scout Belt

•Boy Scout Trousers

•Boy Scout Socks

•Webelos Neckerchief and Slide

*See the last page of this booklet for uniform patch placement.



CubScout Ranks

The responsibility for a boy's advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the family and NOT with the Pack.  Some advancement requirements are done at Den Meetings and camp outings, but most are completed at home with the family.

Teachers and educational authorities alike have long known the benefits of visual demonstrations.  Learning occurs faster and easier when the child sees the lesson being performed in addition to reading about it in a book.

 

Bobcat

All boys, regardless of age earn the Bobcat badge first by learning the Cub Scout Promise.  Law of the Pack, handshake, salute, sign, motto, and the meaning of “Webelos.” After receiving the Bobcat badge.  The boy works on requirements based on his grade or age.

Wolf

A Cub Scout who has completed first grade (or is age 8), works on 12 achievements to earn the Wolf badge.

Bear

A Cub Scout who has completed second grade (or is age 9) completes 12 of 24 achievements to earn the Bear badge.

After he earns his Wolf or Bear badge, a boy may work on electives in different interest areas until he is old enough to begin work on the next rank.  For every 10 electives a boy completes, he earns an Arrow Point.  A boy may earn as many Arrow Points as he wishes.

Webelos Scouts I and II

When a Cub Scout has completed the third grade (or becomes 10 years old), he transfers to a Webelos Den, led by an adult Webelos Leader.  The boy works on the requirements for the Webelos badge, 20 activity badges, and the Arrow of Light Award (the highest award in Cub Scouting) which prepares him for Boy Scouting in Troop 190 or Troop 532.

When a boy earns the Arrow of Light or reaches 11 years of age or completes the fifth grade, he may graduate from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting at an impressive graduation ceremony.  Pack 532 aims to graduate every Cub Scout into Boy Scouting.

Special Activities & Benefits of Cub Scouting with Pack 532

•Boys' Life Magazine – This magazine is for boys and adults and has interesting features on Scouting, sports, hobbies, magic, science, and U.S. history.  There are also jokes, comics, and short stories.  The price is included in the cost of registration for Pack 532.

•Pinewood Derby / Rain Gutter Regatta/Space Derby – Parent and son work together to build a gravity-powered miniature racecar from a special kit.  Most Packs conduct the derby races annually.

•Photo Derby – This activity is an ongoing activity that encourages the families to document the memories of their Scout.  Later in the year several of these memories are shared with the Pack and a Pack 532 album is developed.  Don't forget to document your Scouts' successes and get doubles!

•Easton Christmas Parade – This event replaces the Pack Meeting for the month.  Pack 532 Cub Scouts meet at a predetermined location to decorate a float for the parade.  Later that evening our Pack meets at the parade location and we participate in the parade.

•Blue and Gold Banquet – This is a birthday party for your Cub Scout Pack usually held in February.  Pack 532 has a seated dinner.  Each Den provides a covered dish.  Special programs, entertainment, and ceremonies are customary at this special event.  We encourage you to bring special members of your family.  RSVPs to this event are required.

•Pine Wood Derby Run-Off, Sleepover, Cub-o-ree – This is another opportunity for the family to camp together with Cub Scouts of the Del-Mar-Va Council.  The winner of Pack 532's derby will also have a chance to compete with other local Packs. Your family will not want to miss this event and the food is great!

•Scout Sunday – Each Cub Scout of Pack 532 is asked to attend a church service.  We would like to encourage that our Scouts attend the service at the Church of Nazarene (Our Pack meeting place) as a gesture of thanks for being our chartering organization.  Scout uniforms are optional.  However, we suggest that they be worn to this event.

•Fishing Derby – This is a great day to catch a few BIG fish.  The event is hosted by the Walker family at the end of August and may be offered as a family campout activity this year.

•Fall Encampment (Webelos II only) – This event allows the Webelos II members of our Pack to meet the members of Local Boy Scout Troops and give the Scouts a chance to see what's in store for them in the upcoming year when they become Boy Scouts.

•Day Camp at the 4-H Park in Centerville – Day camp is an exciting summertime activity that includes ~ archery, BB guns, crafts, games, sports, songs, and skits.  This is a 5-day program, conducted under certified leadership, and is held on an approved site during daylight hours.  Cub Scout Day Camp is an excellent way to introduce youth to the outdoors and teach them new skills.  It also helps strengthen the Pack's summer program.

•Resident Camp Henson – Resident camping is a theme-oriented outdoor program of 2 or more nights.  Outdoor program events include: Showmanship, Sportsmanship, Craftsmanship, Waterfront, Fitness, Camp Craft, and Nature.  This event is sponsored by the Del-Mar-Va Council at Camp Henson during July or early August.

•Shorebirds Game (and Sleepover) – Scouts have a chance to parade on the field prior to a game.  After the game, Cub Scouts set up tents and sleep over at the field.

•Webelos II Crossover Ceremony – This is the pinnacle event for Cub Scouts who are ready to graduate on to becoming Boy Scouts.  This is an impressive ceremony that is presented by Boy Scouts from the Choptank District Order of the Arrow.

•Pow Wow / Leader Trainings / Roundtable Meetings / Leaders Meetings – These events are scheduled throughout the year and are designed to help provide organization, leadership, and training for the parents and Leaders of our Pack.  These are sponsored by the Council and our Pack.

•Horn Point Camp-out – This event is a family camp-out held just south of Cambridge, MD. It is traditionally held during winter months and Scouts sleep in dorm facilities.

•Halloween Camp-Out – The camp out is an opportunity for the family to join members of the Packs of Choptank District in an evening of fun, stories, and a little bit of spookiness. All Packs in Choptank District are invited and it is held at the Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Fairgrounds.

Events that we share with Pack 190

•Cubmobile with Pack 190 – Cub Scouts are given an opportunity to race, steer, and drive a car that is provided by each Den.  This event is held in the morning and is the first opportunity of the year to meet other Cub Scouts from Pack 190.

•Y.M.C.A. Sleepover with 190 –   Sleep over may not define this particular event accurately. The Scouts of both Packs enjoy an evening of games, swimming, and entertainment....  Sleep is optional.


Pack Service Projects to Benefit the Community.

•Recycling and Treeplanting Projects – These events give the members of Pack 532 a chance to "give-back" to our community and the environment.  One of Scouting's main goals is to help each Scout develop a conscience by cooperating with the members of Pack 532 to do what is right.

•Cub Scout Caroling at Londonderry – This is a chance for the Cub Scouts to bring holiday cheer the residents of Londonderry.

•Scouting for Food Drive – Canned goods are collected during the holiday season to be donated to a local charity.

•Fund Raisers – Each of the following events are necessary to provide Pack 532 with the funds needed to provide a quality program for our Scouts.  We strongly encourage a devoted participation from your family in each of these events.

   – Water Fowl Festival – Pack 532 hosts a concession stand and allows the community to see us as a service organization to benefit the youth of our area.

   – Popcorn – This sale encourages Scouts to "earn their way" to Scouting events determined by the committee.  Part of the funds raised during this event are split between the Council and the Pack to help pay for activities such as Camp Henson.  Show and sell events and individual sales will be scheduled by the popcorn chair.

   – Car Washes – The funds generated from these events are returned directly to support Pack 532 costs such as trophies, badges, and derby kits.

   – Others – Pack 532 prides itself in supporting the community when called upon.  During the year, service projects may arise.  The Scouts of Pack 532 are always willing to Give a Hand!

How Is Pack 532 Financed?

• Money-earning projects such as popcorn sales and the fundraisers listed above.

• Many Packs charge members dues.  Pack 532 does not believe in "nickel and diming" the families at each meeting.  It is our philosophy that the Scouts should earn money and be responsible for fundraising activities.

• The money goes for Pack equipment, advancement insignia, special events, and program materials.

• A yearly registration fee for membership is collected from boys to register each Scout with the BSA ( Boy Scouts of America ) organization.  This includes the subscription to Boys' Life magazine.

THE PACK Committee:

ORGANIZATION AND DUTIES

Pack committee members and parent Leaders

perform the administrative functions of the Pack.

PARENT LEADERSHIP Positions

Program positions in the Pack are held by adults who work directly with the boys and organize the actual programs in which they participate.

TIGER CUB COACH AND DEN LEADERS

• Make sure that boys are completing their rank's requirements by keeping track of their progress.  Tigers, Wolves, and Bears wear advancement beads on their uniforms, earn the beads as they complete Achievements in their books, and receive the beads at Den Meetings or Pack Meetings.

• Encourage Scouts to participate in the Sports and Academics program to earn Belt Loops and Pins.

• Keep the Advancement Chair up to date when Scouts earn Badges, Awards, Belt Loops, and Pins, so that the Scouts can receive them at the next Pack Meeting.

• Encourage proper uniforms and respect for them.

• Plan Den Meetings and help out during the meetings as necessary.

• Assign each parent to run the major activities of a Den Meeting and provide guidance to them.

• Assign each parent Leader to attend two Leaders' Meetings.

• Attend the monthly Leaders' Meeting and at least one Roundtable Meeting during the year.


TIGER CUB COACH

• Helps the Tiger Cub Den stay active and participate with the Pack.

• Plans "Go See It" outings for the Den.


DEN LEADERS

• Lead the Den at weekly Den Meetings and monthly Pack Meetings.

• Help the Den choose a Denner and Assistant Denner.

• Assign leadership duties to the Den Chief during Den and Pack Meetings.


ASSISTANT DEN LEADER / COACH

• Meets with the Den Leader monthly to plan Den Meetings, Pack Meeting participation, and outings.

• Attends Pack Meetings, Leaders' Meetings, and Roundtable Meetings.

 

 

THE PACK Committee Positions

 

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Calls and presides at regular monthly Leaders' Meetings of the Pack Committee.  Works closely with the Church of Nazarene.  Promotes Leader Recognition, and provides information on Council and District Activities.  Maintains the Pack 532 calendar, develops meeting agendas, and assigns subcommittee leadership.  Also attends Roundtable Meetings along with the Cubmaster.  Ensures subcommittees stay focused and achieve their goals.


CUBMASTER / TRAINER

Helps plan and carry out the Pack program with the help of the Pack Committee.  Hosts the monthly Pack Meeting, and attends Leaders' Meeting and monthly Roundtable Meeting.  Informs the Pack of training opportunities.  Promotes attendance for District training courses, monthly Roundtables, Pow Wows, Den Chief Conference, and Den Leaders' Workshops.  Promotes use of program guides, Boys' Life, training of Den Chiefs, and secures special instructors and speakers when needed.  Encourages proper uniforming.


SECRETARY

Keeps concise but adequate records of all Leaders' Meetings.  Sends notices and answers correspondence.  Maintains the Pack Record Book by updating and tracking current membership information, registration.  Familiarizes Den Leaders with Den and Pack records. Responsible for inventory of Pack property.  Works with unit commissioner to renew the Pack Charter and apply for Quality Unit Awards. Sends monthly flyers to members of Pack 532.  Attends Pack Meetings and Leaders' Meetings.


TREASURER

Sets up and supervises the operation of the Pack 532 budget including Pack bank account.  Maintains Pack Financial Record Book. Guides Pack fundraising projects in line with Local and National Council policies.  Sees that every boy receives Boys' Life.  Attends Pack 532 meetings and Leaders' Meetings.  Works closely with the Secretary.

THE PACK COMMITTEE (Continued)


ADVANCEMENT CHAIR

Works closely with the Cubmaster in planning and conducting ceremonies.  Maintains advancement records.  Helps train Den Leaders in methods of stimulating and recording advancement.  Finds ways of relating monthly theme projects with advancement credits.  Trains Den Leaders on use of advancement wall charts.  Sends monthly Pack Achievement reports to the Council office in time to have the awards back for presentation at Pack Meetings.  Orders and obtains all badges, trophies, and insignia.  Attends Pack Meetings and Leaders' Meetings.


ASSISTANT CUBMASTER

Is the Cubmaster's right hand in planning and conducting activities. Secures necessary permits and permission for use of facilities. Anticipates first aid emergencies and is prepared to handle them. Secures responsible and safe transportation for Pack 532 outings. Develops a Pack list of sports outings.  Helps develop and carry out the Pack Summertime program.  Acts as the liaison for Pack 190.


PUBLIC RELATIONS

Carries on a continuous campaign on behalf of Cub Scouting to parents, Church of Nazarene, and the public.  Looks for opportunities to stimulate Pack Good Will Projects.  Promotes parent attendance at all Pack events.  Promotes regular Church attendance with parents (in uniform on Boy Scout Sunday).  Provides Pack announcements for regular release in official sponsor bulletin.  Has a welcoming committee greet each arrival at Pack Meetings.  Shares Pack's successful ceremonies, skits, ideas, or techniques with Cub Scouting Services.


MEMBERSHIP AND REGISTRATION CHAIR

Sets up and supervises a systematic, year-round recruiting program. Takes periodic inventory of the Pack to determine needs of boys and Dens.  Sends birthday cards to 7-year-olds.  Helps arrange graduation ceremony.  Calls meetings of Den parents when new Den Leader is needed.  Identifies and recruits adult Leaders.  Sets schedule for Back To School nights and gathers information for school recruiting.


FUNCTION AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRS

Function chair positions are auxiliary to the Pack committee and perform "one shot" program jobs, such as coordinating Pack participation in Scouting for Food, Popcorn Fundraiser, Waterfowl Festival Fundraiser, Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet, camp registrations, Horn Point, and many others.  Each of these jobs is of short duration.  The chair of a subcommittee will need to attend several Leaders' Meetings to inform the Committee about the event.

Meetings

Roundtable Meetings

The Roundtable is a monthly gathering of Cub Scout Leaders from all over the Del-Mar-Va Council.  They meet to share ideas, successes, and program possibilities related to next month's Cub Scout theme. Representatives from Pack 532 gather information and ideas that they can share with the other Leaders in your Pack, and also receive training.  This meeting takes place the second Thursday of each month.

Monthly Pack Committee / Leaders' Meetings

All Pack 532 Leaders are encouraged to gather once a month to discuss and coordinate plans for upcoming Pack Meetings and activities.  This meeting is usually held one week after the previous month's Pack Meeting on a Thursday so that final details can be checked and plans can be made for the next month's Pack Meeting and events.

Monthly Pack Meetings

Once a month all of the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and their families gather for a Pack Meeting.  Pack Meetings have three main purposes: to recognize the achievements of the boys; for boys to show off the things they have done at Den Meetings; and fun for the entire family.  Each Pack Meeting should have a theme.  These are listed in the Pack calendar along with meeting dates.

 

 

Cub Scout Den Meetings

Even though we have covered what Den Meetings are earlier in this handbook, Pack 532 encourages the parents of Scouts to participate. Therefore, it is important that each parent understand the basic organization of a Den Meeting; as you may be asked to host this meeting by the Den Leader at some point of the year.  Remember: the Den Leaders are parents like yourselves!  We are all the experts.

There are usually seven parts to a successful Pack 532 Cub Scout Den Meeting:

I. Before the Meeting Starts

Before each Den Meeting the Den leadership team has a chance to make final preparations for a great Den Meeting.  This can take place the night before, or just before, the meeting.  Make sure you have everything you need and the meeting room is completely ready before the Cub Scouts and their parents arrive.  Check with the Den Leader to see the activities that are available in the program guides from the Leaders' Meetings.

II. While Cub Scouts Gather

It is important for active, excited Cub Scouts to have something worthwhile to do as soon as they arrive.  It could be a trick, a puzzle, or a simple game.  This is a good time to have fun and still accomplish several "business" details such as taking attendance and recording Achievements or Electives.  This is also a part of the meeting when parent helpers, a Denner (a Cub Scout elected by the boys), and a Den Chief (an older Boy Scout recruited from a Boy Scout Troop to help the Den Leaders) should be used.

III. Opening

A formal opening is important because it lets the boys know that the meeting has started.  A good opening may also provide a chance to help meet the citizenship part of Scouting's purpose, or to set the stage for the month's theme.  Pledge allegiance to the flag, make the Cub Scout Promise, and recite the Law of the Pack.  The opening period may also be a good time for an occasional uniform inspection.

IV. Business Items

Right after the opening is the time to discuss Den business. Usually, during the first meeting in the theme, business items would include Pack and Den Meeting theme ideas, plans for the Den's part in the upcoming Pack Meeting, and plans for special Den activities. Later it could be a time for Denner elections, creating a Den yell or cheer, or playing a game.

This may also be an appropriate time to check advancement and record progress if YOU couldn't do it earlier.  Keep this part of the meeting short.

V. Den Meetings Activities

Games, tricks, puzzles, and challenging handicraft are great ways to expel boyhood energy and to accomplish learning goals such as teamwork, sportsmanship, personal fitness, and "doing your best." Often, projects started at Den Meetings can be taken home for the boys to finish with their families.

Now might also be the time when the Den practices its part in the Pack Meeting.  Remember, when planning your part in the Pack Meeting, try to get everyone involved – even (or especially) parents and other family members.

VI. Closing the Den Meeting

A good Den Meeting closing can provide time for a Cub Scout to reflect, be recognized for achievement, or maybe even learn a new skill like folding an American flag.  Closings can be solemn, patriotic, inspirational, or fun.  It's a good idea to invite the parents to join the Den for the closing.

The relative quiet of the closing portion of the meeting is a good time to remind Cub Scouts of upcoming Pack and Den activities.  Keep in mind that you are dealing with second through fourth graders, so the reminders should also be in written form for their parents.

VII. After the Meeting

Immediately following the Den Meeting is the time to sit down with the Den Chief and assistant Leaders to evaluate the meeting, talk about the next meeting, and update records while things are still fresh in your mind.

Notice that there was no mention of advancement other than record keeping?

In Cub Scouting, most advancement occurs at home with the parents and family.  But don't treat it as homework.  The Wolf and Bear books are filled with more than two hundred pages of quality family time ideas.  Don't "steal" this opportunity from the boys.  BOYS get their daily fill of structured bookwork at school; so, Den Meetings should be fun, with some learning snuck in on the side.

Webelos Den Meetings are similar in many ways, but there are a few differences.  For instance, advancement does occur in the Webelos Den Meeting and it is based on the acquisition of Activity Badges. Consult the Den Leader for additional information.