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					              Mid-Iowa Council, BSA
                      P.O. Box 3009
             Des Moines, Iowa 50316
                      515-266-2135
                     800-999-7268
                      www.bsa-ia.org




Welcome to
Cub Scouting
 A Parent’s Guide to
  the Cub Scouting
      Program
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                  Table of Contents
What can we expect from Scouting?               3
Why should we choose Cub Scouts?                4
How is Cub Scouts organized?                    4-5
Scouting is for our family                      6
Important information                           7
What about the blue shirts?                     8




             Cub Scout Promise
             I ________ (name) promise
             To do my best
             To do my duty to God
             And my country
             To help other people, and
             To obey the Law of the Pack




               BSA Mission Statement

  It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to
  prepare young people to make ethical choices over
 their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the
                 Scout Oath and Law.
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        What can we expect from Scouting?
          ‘Scouting is fun with a purpose’.
Scouting is:
•     FUN
•     Continuing education outside of the classroom.
•     Developing good character and growing
      spiritually.
•     Habits and attributes of good citizenship.
•     Good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong
      in mind and body.
•     Getting along with others and being respectful.
•     Developing new interests and skills with a sense
      of personal achievement.
•     Being helpful, courteous and kind and to always
      do one’s best.
•     Preparing to be Boy Scouts
•     FUN AND EXCITEMENT IN ALL THAT
      WE DO.




Scouting reinforces the pillars of character taught in
 our schools through the Character Counts program.

                    Core Values
      Citizenship        Honesty
      Compassion         Perseverance
      Cooperation        Positive attitude
      Courage            Resourcesfulness
      Faith              Respect
      Health and Fitness Responsibility
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           Why should we choose Scouting?
Sports and all kinds of other activities can teach
teamwork and certain skills, but Scouting adds more
to a boy.
Scouting compliments every other activity because it
offers a well-rounded program that develops charac-
ter traits that last a lifetime such as:
•      Strong personal values
•      Positive sense of self-worth and usefulness
•      Caring and nurturing relationships with parents,
       other adults and peers
•      A desire to learn
•      Productive use of time
•      Social adeptness
•      Physical and mental fitness


                   How is Cub Scouting
                      Organized?


Boys are divided by grade into the ranks of Scouting.
Each grade level is further divided into groups of six
to eight boys called a den. Each den must have a mini-
mum of two adult leaders and may also have assistance
from a Boy Scout called a Den Chief. Each grade has
its own handbook with an age-appropriate program
outlined.
The group of dens for your area is called a pack.
Once a month, all of the dens and family members
gather for a pack meeting under the direction of the
Cubmaster and pack committee. The committee in-
cludes parents of boys in the pack and members of the
charter organization.
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THE RANKS OF CUB SCOUTING:
      First Grade, Tiger:
      Six to eight boy/adult teams in a group.
      Each den meets weekly.
      Each boy/adult team takes a turn at planning and
      hosting meetings and outings.
      A Tiger den leader is a parent who helps coordi-
      nate the activities and ensures that each family
      has an opportunity to lead a meeting of boys in the
      den.

      Second Grade, Wolf:
      Each den has four to eight boys in the group.
      The den meets weekly under the leadership of the
      den leader and assistant, usually parents of boys
      in the den.
      The Wolf handbook is the guide for achievements
      and electives that the Scout earns.

      Third Grade, Bear:
      The program for second graders is continued in
      third grade with a new handbook and program
      geared towards the third grader. Many of the
      activities are family-based.

      Fourth and Fifth Grade, Webelos:
      The Webelos program is a transitional program
      between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Each chap-
      ter of the handbook is a separate subject for
      which activity pins are earned. Dens meet in
      groups of four to eight boys weekly with Webelos
      leaders. Camping and joint activities with a Boy
      Scout Troop are recommended in the second year.

      The Arrow of Light Award is the highest award
      earned by a Cub Scout and is usually presented at
      graduation in February of the fifth-grade year.
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           Scouting is for your family
There are many ways that you can get involved:
•    Be a Den Leader
           Den leaders are adults who lead the
           group of boys throughout the year at
           weekly den meetings and monthly pack
           meetings.
•    Be a Committee Member
           Adults who support the pack with
           administrative duties such as planning
           pack meetings, fundraising, organizing
           events, managing advancement and
           recognition, etc.
•    Be a Parent Helper
           Assist den or pack leaders in providing
           support for the Scouts. This could be
           driving on a field trip, taking attendance,
           making telephone calls, etc.

It is important for you to find time to spend with your
son who wants to be a Cub Scout. Being a leader and
being active as a Scouting parent is rewarding. Your
time, talent, and efforts make Scouting a quality
program for all the boys.

Don’t worry, we’ll train you!
Fast Start Training: a short video overview of the
Cub Scout program.
Basic Leader Training: Three sessions of in-depth
training for your responsibilities in the den or pack.
Literature: The Boy Scouts of America has many
publications and video programs to help you with your
Scouting job.
Professional Assistance: The Mid-Iowa Council has a
trained, professional staff to help get you started.
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             Important Information

My son is a member of den # ________________

My son’s den leaders’ names are:
1. _____________________________________
2. _____________________________________

Their phone numbers are:
1. ________________ 2. _________________
Their email addresses are:
1. ________________ 2. _________________
The den meets on:
      _______________________ (day)
      _______________________ (time)
      _______________________ (place)

The pack number is: ________________________
The Cubmaster’s name is: _____________________
The Cubmaster’s phone # is: __________________

The pack meets on:
      _______________________ (day)
      _______________________ (time)
      _______________________ (place)

  The Clayman Scout Service Center is located at:
                1659 East Euclid
                 P.O. Box 3009
          Des Moines, IA 50316-0009
                 515-266-2135
                 800-999-7268
                 www.bsa-ia.org
What about the blue shirts?
     Uniforms and handbooks may be purchased at:
                 Mid-Iowa Scout Shop
               1659 East Euclid., STE A
                 Des Moines, IA 50313
                    (515) 265-5990
                  515-265-6021 (Fax)

All Cub Scouts wear a navy blue official Cub Scout Shirt,
long or short sleeved. The appropriate neckerchief of
rank is worn with a Cub Scout neckerchief slide.
•      Tiger (1st grade) is orange
•      Wolf (2nd grade) year is yellow
•      Bear (3rd grade) year is blue
•      Webelos (4th grade) is a red plaid
Additionally, these patches must be attached to the shirt:
•      Council Shoulder strip
•      Unit numbers
•      Den numbers
Webelos 4th and 5th graders may choose to wear the navy
shirt or khaki, official Boy Scout shirt with navy shoulder
tabs and the Webelos plaid neckerchief and Webelos slide.
Webelos may also choose as a den to wear a patrol patch
rather than den numerals.
Leaders at all ranks wear an official Cub Scout Leader
uniform.
All ranks have their own handbooks that are part of the
uniform.

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