Welcome to Pack 196
New Cub Scout Parent Handbook
Welcome to Cub Scouting... As a parent, 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, Boy Scouts of America has 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.
When your son registers as a Scout, he joins a national organization: the Boy Scouts
of America (BSA). The BSA is divided into regions, councils, and districts. Our Pack
is a part of the San Gabriel District, which in turn is a part of the Capitol Area
Council. The San Gabriel Districts includes all the Packs operating in the
Georgetown and northern Williamson County school districts. While the Capitol
Area Council serves the needs of Scouting in the Austin area and the surrounding
Cub Scouting is a family activity open to all boys in 1st through 5th grade. Any boy in
that age group can join at any time. In today’s hectic world there never seems to be
enough time to spend with our families. Cub Scouting is a way through which we can
make that time, help our sons learn something about the world they live in, develop
into young men of character and have fun at the same time. You are the most
important person in a young man’s life, and you are the most important part of Cub
Scouting. Help us make the experience that your son has in Cub Scouts a positive
Your Boy is a Member of a Den. A den has between 5 and 10 boys of the same age
who work together on age-appropriate activities. Den meetings are Monday nights
at 7:00 pm unless otherwise stated by your den leader. Dens usually have 3-4
meetings per month. This information will be passed on to all den parents. Den
Leaders are responsible for coordinating den activities; however, parents will be
called upon to assist as needed. This may mean helping with a den meeting or one of
the other den activities, gathering materials for a craft project, or providing
BSA Youth Protection Guidelines state that no den meeting may take place
without two-deep adult leadership. This means one registered Scout volunteer and
at least one other adult must be present at any den activity. There are absolutely
no exceptions to this rule. In addition all parents who participate in Cub Scouting
activities are strongly encouraged to complete the online Youth Protection Training.
Your Boy is a Member of a Pack
The Pack is made up of several dens. We meet as a Pack for the Award
Ceremonies. These award ceremonies are an important part of Pack 196 and are
held in October February and May. Pack leaders strive to make rank ceremonies as
meaningful as possible. Please make every effort to ensure your son’s attendance at
these meetings and that they wear their Class A uniform. Family attendance is
encouraged at Pack Meetings. We do request that each Scout have at least one
parent, or other relative, in attendance. If younger siblings attend, please make
sure they have an activity to keep them entertained.
The Pack is Run by the Committee
The Pack Committee is made up of a group of qualified adults appointed by the
Chartered Organization to administer the program of the pack. The committee
members, as well as other pack leaders, are volunteers and also parents of boys in
the pack. The committee meets once a month and is led by a Committee Chairman.
The Pack Committee’s responsibilities are to: plan Pack activities, perform record
keeping, and manage the Pack’s finances.
The Pack is Owned by the Chartered Organization
The BSA does not directly own or run any of its member units. Instead, the units
are run by Chartered Organizations, such as schools parent-teacher associations,
religious organizations, service clubs, and other groups interested in youth. Pack
196’s Chartered Organization is Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8200. The
Chartered Organization, provides a meeting place and operates the pack within the
guidelines and policies of the chartered organization and the BSA.
In addition to den activities, Pack 196 also has different activities planned that
range from community service to fun events for the boys including:
· Pinewood Derby Races · Family Camping (Fall and Winter)
·Christmas Parade participation · Charity Bingo
· Christmas Caroling in Marble Falls · Blue & Gold Banquet
Parent Volunteer Expectations
Pack 196 is a parent run organization and requires the active support of all the
parents to provide a high quality program for the boys. In addition to the
leadership positions working with the boys, there are many other positions required
to support pack activities. Most of these positions require only a couple hours of
your time each month (at most) and are critical to the operation of a successful
pack. Please be aware that you will be asked to provide some level of support. It is
your support that makes the scouting experience successful for the boys. Many
hands make light work, especially in Cub Scouting.
Ranks in Cub Scouts
Any boy who is 6 years old or in 1st grade may join cub scouts. They can join at any
time up through 5th grade and can also joining at any time of year. If a boy thinks
he’s interested, he can just tag along with a friend to a den or pack meeting to
check it out.
Boys are assigned a rank based on their age/grade and do not have to complete the
previous rank to progress to the next one. At the end of the year (May) all boys
“cross over” to the next rank.
This is the first rank achieved by all new Cub Scouts.
All boys must first complete the Bobcat badge
requirements before they can be awarded any other
rank (they can work on other rank requirements at the
same time as they complete their Bobcat).
First grade boys get their first taste of Scouting in
this adult-child partnership, and must complete the
achievements outlined in the Tiger Book to earn the
Second grade boys must complete the achievements
outlined in the Wolf Hand Book.
This rank is for third graders and is earned by
completing the requirements in the Bear Hand Book.
“WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts”- Fourth and fifth grade
Scouts work toward the Webelos badge. The rank is
usually earned during the 4th grade year. Scouts are
called “Webleos” until their duration from the pack in
their fifth grade year.
ARROW OF LIGHT
This is the highest rank in Cub Scouting. It is earned
by completing achievements over and above those
required for the Webelos rank. This badge is awarded
at a special Arrow of Light ceremony in February.
Scouts may work towards their rank starting in June, or as soon as they join the
Pack, until May of the following year. Webelos may work toward the Webelos rank
and the Arrow of Light any time during their year and a half as a Webelo. As
Scouts work toward each of their ranks they will wear different insignia to show
· Tiger Cubs wear a tiger paw totem with a white bead for each required family
activity, an orange bead for each required den activity, and a black bead for each
required Go See It he completes.
· Wolves and Bears wear a Progress Toward Rank totem with a bead signifying three
achievements completed toward the rank.
· Webelos earn Activity Pins for their Webelos badge and for the Arrow of Light.
These are worn on a special totem called the Webelos colors on the right sleeve of
After a Tiger, Wolf or Bear Cub has earned his rank, he can work on special
activities called electives. Tigers earn yellow beads for their totem by earning
electives, while Wolves and Bears earn Arrow Points. When a Wolf or a Bear has
completed 10 electives, he gets a Gold Arrow Point. For each 10 electives after that
he receives a Silver Arrow Point, he can earn as many Silver Arrow Points as he is
able. If Webelos earn 7 Activity Pins they receive the Compass Point Emblem and
for each additional four Activity Pins earned after that they receive a Compass
Point to attach to their Compass Point Emblem.
Besides the advancement awards, Cub Scouts may earn other individual awards. Set
your sights on these:
Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may earn the Cub
Scout Outdoor Activity Award. This award recognizes the Scout for taking part in
outdoor recreation and conservation projects. In many cases, you can earn this
award while doing other Scouting activities.
Cub Scout World Conservation Award
This award can be earned only once while you are in Cub Scouting (i.e. as either a
Wolf Cub Scout, a Bear Cub Scout, or as a Webelos Scout). As a Wolf Cub Scout,
you can earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award by completing achievement
7, completing all arrow points in 2 of the following 3 electives 13, 15 or 19 and
participate in a den or pack conservation project. As a Bear Cub Scout, you can
earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award by completing achievement 5,
completing all requirements in 2 of the following 3 electives 2, 12 or 15 and
participate in a den or pack conservation project. Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub
Scout World Conservation Award by earning the Forester, Naturalist, and
Outdoorsman activity badges and taking part in a den or pack conservation project.
Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Awareness Award
Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people take better care of the environment and
protect it for future generations. Cub Scouts and their leaders may earn the Leave
No Trace Awareness Award.
BSA Religious Award Program
The BSA Religious Award program may be completed as a den activity or
individually. The award requires a special workbook (available at the Scout Shop)
and a church mentor (usually a minister or priest) to monitor the Scout’s progress.
The requirements are different for each religion, so please consult the workbook
for your faith for more details. Upon completion the religious award can be
presented either during a Pack meeting, or during a church service of the Scout’s
CUB SCOUT ADADEMICS AND SPORTS PROGRAM (Belt loops/pins)
This is a supplemental enrichment program that complements the existing Cub
Scout program. The Academics subjects and Sports activities allow boys to learn
new techniques, increase scholarship skills, develop sportsmanship and have fun.
The program is designed for Scouts of all ages. Please see the following web site
for more information:
The online resource has links to printable worksheets with instructions and
reference websites to aid in the completing of the objectives.
Pack 196 Web Site:
BLUE AND GOLD BANQUET
Each February, Pack 196 hosts a Blue & Gold banquet celebrating Boy Scouting’s
Birthday and all the boy’s achievements. This is a catered meal which all family
members can attend. An award ceremony follows the dinner along with a uniform
Pack 196 Family Camping
Pack 196 offers two opportunities for Family friendly camping each year, once in
the fall and again in the late winter. A full day of activities will be planned for
Saturday. Families are welcome to come out for the day or camp with us on Friday
and/or Saturday nights. The dates and locations are a little different each year.
Tent and RVs are welcome. Each site will have water and electricity along with a
End of Year Campout
Each spring, Pack 196 will take a special overnight trip to a fun and educational
destination such as The Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, USS Lexington in Corpus
Christi, Moody Gardens in Galveston, or The NASA Johnson Space Center in
Capitol Area Council Camping and Events
In addition to our Pack sponsored activates, the council offers many other events
through out the year. For a complete list go to their web site:
Every summer scouts have the opportunity to participate in age appropriate summer
camps with the Pack. The boys have the opportunity to attend the following camps:
Cub Scout Day Camp
Multi-day camps with no overnight camping. Activities include Archery, BB shooting,
swimming, games, sports, crafts - and much more! The camps happen in June and
take place all over our council, from Fredericksburg to Austin to Georgetown.
Remember that each camp is different, so check for deadlines and fees for each
Pack 196 will select a camp to participate in but you can also sign up individually for
Cub Scout Resident Camp
More than just a regular campout, Cub Scout Summer Camp is a three day, two
night camping experience for Cub Scouts of all ages, plus their parents and/or
leaders. Cubs will have fun and work on advancement, while Mom and Dad can join in
and enjoy the unique beauty of this part of Central Texas.
This camp is run by our Capitol Area Council at the Camp Tom Wooten location in
Webelos Extreme Adventure Camp
For First and Second year Webelos only. Gets boys ready to move on to Boy Scouts,
with more challenging skills like fire building, canoeing, first aid, advanced archery -
and more! It's a Webelos Scout's first chance to enjoy summer camp “like the big
boys". This camp is run by our Capitol Area Council at the Camp Tom Wooten
location in Bastrop.
PACK 196 COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Committee and Den Leaders meet monthly to plan the upcoming Pack activities. One
adult from each den (usually the Den leader) must attend all the Committee
meetings. All adult members of the Pack are always welcome to attend and
participate in the Committee meetings. Children are welcome and a good idea they
bring something to keep them occupied so not to be disruptive to meeting.
Meetings are usually on the first Monday of the month at the VFW starting at
Every Cub Scout deserves qualified, trained leaders who will provide the best
program possible, the way it is intended. Trained leaders ensure that the goals of
Cub Scouting are met. Pack 196 requires that all leaders in uniform be trained.
Training dates and times are available on the Council Web Site, pack calendar and
Self Paced online training: http://www.bsacac.org/training/adult_basic
Classroom Training: http://www.sangabrieldistrict.org/content/view/6/13/
Due to sheer size of the Pack, communications are mainly through e-mail. Please
ensure your Den leader has a correct e-mail address for you. You may give us
multiple e-mail address if you wish. Updates will be posted on the Pack Website
and your den leader should also provide information on upcoming events.
The objective of roundtables is to give pack leaders and other volunteers program
ideas; information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and an opportunity
to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Cub Scouting leaders.
The San Gabriel District offers this informative training session on the third
Thursday of each month at 7PM at the First United Methodist 410 East University
Blvd. in Georgetown in the gym to the East of the main complex. Check the district
web site for location changes.
COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH CUB SCOUTS
Cub Scouting is very affordable, because families of Scouts do not pay all of the
costs. Many community service organizations and businesses recognize the value of
investing in Scouting. They recognize that tomorrow’s leaders are today’s Scouts.
Pack 196 Annual dues $80 first scout, $60 second scout, $40 third scout
and $15 for Adult leaders (This covers the BSA fees and Boys Life annual
Den Dues TBD by your Den leader
Rank Book $9-$15
Family Campouts approx $10-$15 per family plus food
Rank Overnight trips $50-$100 per person (varies based on trip)
CUB SCOUT UNIFORMS
Scout uniforms can be obtained at the Council Scout Shop or purchased on-line.
Pack 196 requires a full class A uniform with the exception of the official pants,
cap, and socks (these are optional). Remember to BUY BIG as the boys will be in the
uniform shirt for several years & you don't want to have to move all the badges the
boys will earn to a new uniform shirt.
Please see the link below for badge placement:
Shout Shop: 12500 North IH 35, Austin, Texas 78753 (I-35 and Parmer)
Hours: M-F: 9:00am - 5:30pm, Sat: 10:00am - 2:30pm, Closed holidays
Phone : 512-617-8630
Order online at: scoutstuff.org
Pack 196 has two fundraising activities to provide operating funds for the year. The
Pack sells Popcorn in October along with most of the Packs in the Capitol Area
Council. In November and December, we sell World’s Finest Chocolate Bars. We
will offer an incentive to encourage the boys to participate. Fundraising is the
primary source of funds to operate the pack during the year.
Boy Scouts of America National Council http://www.scouting.org/
Capitol Area Council http://www.bsacac.org/
San Gabriel District www.sangabrieldistrict.org
Pack 196 http://lhpack196.com/
US Scouting (planning and activity help) http://www.usscouts.org/