What does Cub Scouting offer my son?
Cub Scouting offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide boys through the core values and offer them a sense of personal achievement. Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, boys also learn honesty, bravery, and respect.
How does participation in Cub Scouting affect participation in other activities?
The Cub Scout program is designed to compliment many other extracurricular activities. Typical time commitment is three Den meetings and one Pack meeting per month. Boys who participate in organized sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, etc, or academic-based extracurricular activities like music, art, science etc., can be recognized for these activities though Cub Scout belt loops and pins which are worn on their uniform.
What if my son misses a lot of meetings?
Don't worry, We are not about to send the Scout Police after you or kick anyone out. Scouting runs on the basic idea that the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. Nothing is required on attendance on any activity. What is required is that a boy is working toward his achievements as laid out in his handbook. Work missed can be made up. This will be easier and more fun if he attends the meetings regularly. Group participation as created in Den meetings allows for game play, traditional chants and songs to be learned, skits and Pack bonding that just can't be experienced working alone.
A warning: If the boy doesn't put the work in to meet his requirements, he won't receive his next level Den Patch. For example, if a Tiger fails to complete his objectives, he may join the Wolves the following year, but he will not have the Tiger Patch to display on his uniform. If this seems to be a possibility, speak to your Den Leader and support will be provided to help him and you succeed.
What are the responsibilities of a parent?
- Participation in Fundraising as needed. The money raised goes to pay for the outings and summer camp. The more we raise, the less we pay! Summer Camp this year cost the boys only $60 for a 3-night stay, a T-Shirt, patch, all the activities/crafts and 3 meals!
- Work with your son on advancement projects and activities.
- Attend pack meetings with your son.
- Attend and assist with den outings as needed.
- Attend Cub Scout Family campouts with your son. Tiger Scouts must have a parent or guardian present on campouts.
- Purchase the needed Book for your child’s Den Placement.
- HAVE FUN!
What are the fees? What do they cover and NOT cover?
A yearly fee of $45 is due with the appropriate paperwork upon signing up.
This will cover the cost of achievement patches, pins, beads, etc. for the year. It also covers insurance while on Scouting events and a year's Subscription to Boys Life Magazine. It also covers all the costs and activities associated with Den meetings like PineWood Derby Car kits or Raingutter Regatta boats, etc...
Outings: (Outings are Off-Site Pack excursions.)
The Pack tries to pay costs associated with Outings for the Scout. These activities are 100% paid for by fundraising. We work hard to keep costs to a nominal level for families. These may be costs of tickets to a WFU Basketball game, entrance into In-Door Rock Climbing, Pack Trip Fees or other similar Pack activities.
Scouts that help at fundraisers will reap the benefits of their work.
Camping at Raven Knob and Day Camp are not covered by the $40 fee.
These activities are organized and administered through Old Hickory Council and are large District Events. A large portion of our fundraising goes to cover the costs of these events. Scholarships are also available for Scouts as well. Fees for these types of events range from $65 or more. The more elaborate the event, the larger the fee. The most charged is approximately $125.
Guidebooks and Uniforms:
Parents are also financially responsible for the Scout's Handbook. It costs between $8-$10. They are also required to purchase or acquire the uniform and appropriate ID badges. Uniforms are also recycled and it is possible to attain pieces as needed as they are made available.
We feel it is important for a Scout to participate in as many activities as possible and we strive to omit any financial barriers to prevent a boy from experiencing all that Scouting can offer. Scholarships are available and attainable to those that inquire.
Can We Join mid-way through the school year?
Yes. Depending on when he jumps in may determine his ability to achieve his advancement badge. He would still be eligible to earn special belt loops or achievement pins and be recognized in many other ways. He would still participate in all the Den and Pack activities. He would also be able to go to the outings and sign-up for Summer Camp. It will still be a rewarding way to spend a Monday night.
What type of training do Leaders go through?
First, all leaders are required to pass a criminal background check before they are allowed to proceed with any training. After that phase, each leader must go through official Boy Scout Training which often involves a full-day workshop to learn specific skills. Depending on what Leadership Role a volunteer agrees to will depend on the type of training that will be required.