CUB SCOUT PACK 989 by jianghongl


									Pack 989 Handbook                                                               Revised: 30 August 2009

                         CUB SCOUT PACK 989
                               COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
                                               Chartered to

                                    Mill Creek Parents for Scouting

                                           Columbia, Missouri

Pack 989 was established in 1989 and is one of the most active packs in Columbia. We welcome you and
your son and look forward to a most positive scouting experience!

Here are some things you need to know about our pack, how it functions and the responsibilities you and
your son are expected to accept.


   It is important that all leaders realize the “why” of Cub Scouting: the reason we are in business, so to
speak. Every leader, to do an effective job, should be thoroughly familiar with the purposes that follow
and include items in their pack and den program that will help the boys grow.

   Cub Scouting is for the parents, leaders, and organizations to use with boys in first through fifth grades
(or 6-10 years of age) for the purpose of:
·    Influencing the development of character and encouraging spiritual growth.
·    Developing habits and attitudes of good citizenship.
·    Encouraging good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body.
·    Improving understanding within the family.
·    Strengthening the ability to get along with other boys and respect other people.

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·    Fostering a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills.
·    Showing how to be helpful and to do one’s best.
·    Providing fun and exciting new things to do.
·    Preparing them to become Boy Scouts.

Tiger Cubs is an introductory scouting program for first grade boys and their adult partners. Tiger Cubs
are invited and encouraged to participate in all the Pack activities along with their adult partner or family.

Pack meetings are held on a regular basis during the school year, usually on the fourth Tuesday evening
each month from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:00 p.m. These meetings are held at Mill Creek School. Regular
attendance is encouraged for all boys and parents who join our pack. No meetings are held on a day when
Columbia Public Schools are not in session. In the event school is canceled due to inclement weather, our
pack meeting will be canceled, too.
A calendar listing monthly pack activities and local scout activities is distributed at the beginning of the
year and updated as changes occur. It is important that this calendar be retained as attendance at scout
functions ensures a successful scouting experience. The Pack also maintains a calendar on its website:
Den meetings are arranged at the discretion of the den leaders and are usually set to accommodate the
majority of the cub scouts’ schedules and the leader’s schedule. Once set, the den leader makes sure
everyone in the den knows where and when the meetings will be held.

The pack charges yearly dues of $45.00 for each Cub Scout or Tiger Cub, payable in
September. For families with more than one scout, the fee is $40.00 for the second boy and the
fee is capped at $115 for three or more boys. The dues paid by each family help defray the
cost of rank advancement patches and pins, Pinewood Derby car kits, Boy’s Life subscriptions,
national registration, pack insurance and other operational costs such as newsletter mailings.
Any fees can be paid with cash or checks made payable to Pack 989. Scholarships are
available! We don’t want finances to keep any boy from experiencing Scouting! Please
contact the Cubmaster or Committee Chair for information.
There is also a Friends of Scouting (FOS) drive each spring. At this time, you are asked to
contribute to a fund which, along with United Way, provides support for programs, support
staff and the Scout Service Center.
Costs associated with den activities (e.g., supplies, field trips, campouts, refreshments, etc.) are
paid by den members and their parents. Dens may have monthly dues for such expenses, or
they may choose to have other arrangements. If a den chooses to have a fund raising event,
they may not wear their uniforms during the event as it would not be an official Boy Scout
sanctioned event.

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Your boy is a member of a den. A den consists of 5 - 8 or so boys in the same age group led by
a den leader. This parent’s job is to help plan and lead den activities, and to be the point of
contact between the den and the Pack leaders. All parents are expected to help the den leader
throughout the year. Another parent should become an assistant den leader as two parents are
required at each meeting. The den leader and assistant must fill out an adult application and
attend one of the Cub Scout leader training sessions held several times a year. Pack 989 pays
both the application and training fees to show support and appreciation for our volunteer
leaders. All other parents should be ready to help with special projects, transportation and other
projects involving their den.

The Tiger cub program is designed to have an adult partner or parent work with the scout,
attending all meetings and outings together. This helps introduce both the boy and the adult
partner to Scouting and builds family bonds.

When cub scouts are in the fourth and fifth grades they may elect to switch from the “den”
status to a Webelos patrol. If they do, the patrol will select a new name for their unit; e.g.,
Cobra Patrol, Roadrunner Patrol, Owl Patrol. The patrol structure gives boys increasing
leadership responsibilities and helps prepare them for Boy Scouts.

The pack is made up of several dens and patrols. The pack meets once a month with boys and their
parents attending. The pack meeting is the climax of the month’s activities and consists of skits, songs,
ceremonies and presentation of awards that the boys have earned. The pack meeting is run by the
Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmasters, with the help of other parents who will help in ceremonies,
presentation of awards, activities and room arrangements.

The pack is run by the pack committee, which includes den leaders, assistant den leaders, the Cubmaster,
Assistant Cubmasters and a group of parents which provide the support needed to organize successful
pack programs. They meet once a month to establish pack policies and plan activities. Each member
assumes responsibility for one part of the pack program. Anyone may attend committee meetings.

All parents are invited and encouraged to lend a hand in the many support activities involved in
conducting an active scouting program. Scouting is a family enterprise and with your help, you can make
your son's scouting experience a memorable one for both of you. Below is a list of the volunteer positions

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                                  PACK 989 ORGANIZATION
                                      Assistant Cubmasters (2)
                                 Charter Organization Representative
                                     Pack Committee Chairman
                                            Pack Trainer
                                            Den Leaders
                                       Assistant Den Leaders

                                         Friends of Scouting
                                             Food Drive
                                           Pinewood Derby
                                             Space Derby
                                          Raingutter Regatta
                                            Popcorn Sales
                                    Quartermaster (Uniform Closet)
                                       Blue and Gold Banquet
                                          Summer Activities
                                          Outdoor Activities
                                         Camp Registrations


The Pack follows the youth protection guidelines established by the Boy Scouts of America. All adult
leaders are requested to participate in the on-line youth protection training (see the training links on the
pack website). BSA policy requires “Two-Deep” leadership, meaning there are always at least two adult
leaders at every Scouting event at the den, pack, district or council level. Moreover, we make every effort
to maintain a (1:5) ratio of at least one adult leader for every five youth.


The achievement plan is the heart of cub scouting and includes tasks and requirements which will
challenge your boy both mentally and physically. They will spur him to learn about himself and his world.
They will build self-reliance and help him discover he is old enough to accept responsibility. Be sure to
help your boy. Some projects he cannot do without your assistance. Show interest in his work. He should
understand you want to help. Sign his achievements only when he has satisfied you that he has completed
all the required work. Remember, your scout should try to pursue the Cub Scout Motto "Do Your Best".

The first advancement badge every Cub Scout will earn is the Bobcat badge (no matter when
he joins). To earn the Bobcat badge the Cub Scout becomes familiar with Cub Scouting and its

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purpose and goals. The Bobcat will wear the neckerchief and Cub Scout shirt appropriate for
his age group.


The Tiger Cub program is for a first grade boy and his adult family partner. The program’s goals are for
the partners to have fun and to strengthen the bond between them. Tiger Cubs and their partners
participate in the all Pack activities. Also, they have their own monthly activities. Tiger Cubs wear the
blue uniform shirt and an orange neckerchief.


To earn the Wolf badge, a second grade Cub Scout successfully fulfills the required activities for 12
achievements under the guidance and supervision of his parents and den leaders. These require
knowledge of the United States flag, of keeping strong, of tools, of knots, of safety, of his neighborhood,
and of books and reading. The boy also masters several feats of skill, makes a collection, and shows his
willingness to help in his home and take part in family responsibilities. After earning the Wolf badge, Cub
Scouts may then earn arrow points for work in 22 elective areas. The Wolf wears a gold neckerchief.


To earn the Bear badge, a third grade Cub Scout successfully fulfills the required activities for 12
achievements under the guidance and supervision of his parents and den leaders. After earning his Bear
badge, a Cub Scout may again earn arrow points by completing electives. The Bear wears a light blue


The Webelos program is designed for fourth and fifth grade Cub Scouts and begins the transition from
Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. The boys work for 20 more advanced awards under the guidance and
supervision of the den leader with support from his parents. It is here the Scout has an opportunity to earn
the coveted Arrow of Light - the highest award in Cub Scouting. The Webelos scout wears a plaid


The Arrow of Light is Cub Scouting's highest award, and is the only Cub Scout rank that may he worn on
the Boy Scout uniform. The Webelos Cub Scout completes six additional requirements and activities. A
scout who has earned his Arrow of Light is fully prepared to enter Boy Scouting when he is eligible
(usually during February or March of fifth grade).

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The family is responsible for providing the Scout’s uniform. Uniforms can be purchased at the Scout
Shop (see below). In cases of need, the Pack maintains a Quartermaster’s Closet of gently used uniforms
that may be available. The following is the official Pack 989 Uniform Policy:

1.   Long sleeve or short sleeve Cub Scout shirt - blue shirt required for Bobcats, Tigers, Wolves and
     Bears; Webelos will transition to the tan shirt with blue shoulder loops.

2.   Dark pants or dark shorts (BSA official not required).

3.   Shoes and socks must be worn (BSA official not required).

4.   Cub Scout belts are optional, but encouraged. Sport and Academic belt loops are to be worn only on
     official blue belt (even Webelos). If a blue web belt is worn, then it should have the Cub Scout buckle.
     The Webelos Scouts may wear the Webelos buckle.

5.   Neckerchiefs are required. Tigers wear orange, Wolves wear gold with blue border, Bears wear light
     blue with dark blue border and Webelos wear plaid neckerchief. Ends may be loose and neckerchief
     is worn under open collar. Any neckerchief slide is acceptable, except only Webelos Scouts may wear
     the Webelos slide.

6.   Caps are optional. Tigers, Wolves and Bears have navy blue caps with facings that match their
     neckerchief colors. Webelos have navy blue and light blue caps.

7.   Insignias must be placed on correct sleeve or pocket and in correct order (refer to Cub Scout
     Handbook for proper placement). Only one special award and Quality Unit patch is worn on the shirt.

8. The red sash or vest may be purchased by the Cub Scout. However, it is not an official part of the
   uniform and cannot be worn at Cubmaster uniform inspections. But scouts are encouraged to wear
   their sashes or vests at pack meetings and any other time.


Pack activities in addition to District and Council camps are planned during the summer
months. If a Cub Scout attends three activities (one each month, June-August) he will earn the
Summertime Activity pin. A pin can be earned each summer.


The Cub Scout Academic and Sports Award Program is an excellent way to encourage
physical fitness and have fun learning. The following policies describe requirements for
earning belt loops, pins and sports letters. The policies were established to facilitate
consistency and fairness.

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Pack 989 follows the sports and academic program guidelines published in the Cub Scout Academic and
Sports Program Guide with the following clarifications:

The physical fitness belt loop can be earned by participating in the annual Pack 989 summer physical
fitness activity or by completing requirements specified in the Cub Scout Academic and Sports Program

Pack 989 leaders recommend that participation be completed in organized sporting activities of
the community, pack, or dens when possible. Cub scouts can earn a particular sport’s belt loop
more than once, but Pack 989 will award a belt loop only one time for each.
Sports pins encourage sustained participation in a sport. The requirements to earn a sports pin
are established by the Boy Scouts of America as detailed in the Cub Scout Academic and
Sports Program Guide. A cub scout may earn only one sports pin for each sport. Sports pins
are worn on the red badge sash, brag vest or hat. Pack leaders encourage scouts to purchase the
sport booklet (available at the BSA office on Fay Street) if he wishes to pursue a sports pin.

The Great Rivers Council office and Scout Shop are located at 1203 Fay Street in Columbia,
just south of Business Loop 70 one block west of College Ave. Their phone number is 449-
2561. You can purchase your uniform, handbook and additional Scouting supplies at the
Scout Shop.


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