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					Parent Information Guide
  2008 – 2009 Scouting Year
    June 1, 2008 – May 31, 2009

     149 … Best all the time!
          Contact the Cubmaster:
             Rich Mendelowitz

    Pack 149 Parent Information Guide
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  Cub Scout Parents Orientation
• Welcome to the fun and Excitement of
  Cub Scouting! Where character counts
  and the adventure begins...
• At tonight’s meeting, we will:
  – Welcome you
  – Introduce ourselves and the Pack 149
  – Inform you and your boys about Cub Scouting
  – Invite boys to join Cub Scouting
  – Involve parents in the program
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        Pack 149 Leadership
Pack Leader Position       Name                      Email
Cubmaster                  Rich Mendelowitz
asst. Cubmaster            Curt Gilbert    

Den Leader Position        Den       Name                     Email
asst. Webelos Den Leader   Shark     Ed Stewart     
Webelos Den Leader         Falcon    Suzanne Neureiter
Webelos Den Leader         Falcon    Betty Cabrera  
Webelos Den Leader         Cobra     Jeff Larroca   
Webelos Den Leader         Cobra     James Parks    
Bear Den Leader            7         Michael Gessel 
Bear Den Leader            7         Marcy Gessel   
Bear Den Leader            4         Ward LeHardy   
Bear Den Leader            4         Mary Luoma     
Wolf Den Leader            3         Kristin Clegg  
asst. Den Leader           3         Liesel Schulz  
Wolf Den Leader            2         TBD
asst. Den Leader           2         TBD
Tiger Den Leader           8         TBD
asst. Den Leader           8         TBD
Tiger Den Leader           9         TBD
asst. Den Leader           9         TBD

Committee Position         Name                      Email
Executive Officer          Dr. James Mahaffey
Charter Organization Rep   Vicki Mendelowitz
Committee Chairman         Leslie Atkins   
Volunteer Coordinator      Melinda Cater   
Treasurer                  Nate Kelley     
Advancement Chairman       TBD                                                        Pack 149 Parent Information Guide
Fundraising / FOS          Laura Anastos                                         2008-2009 - 3
         So What is Cub Scouts?
• A year-round family and community-centered program
  for boys in 1st through 5th grade.
• Scouts can:
   –   Camp, hike, learn about the outdoors
   –   Build a car and enter the pinewood derby
   –   Participate in charity events and volunteer work
   –   Rock climb, swim, shoot BB guns, bow and arrows and so much
• All while:
   – Developing character, good habits, respect for others and
   – Spending time with family
   – Encouraging sportsmanship and fitness
• For Parents - Cub Scouts is when you set aside the
  time to share an outing together with your boy
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The Ten Purposes of Cub Scouting
1. Character Development
2. Spiritual Growth
3. Good Citizenship
4. Sportsmanship and Fitness
5. Family Understanding
6. Respectful Relationships
7. Personal Achievement
8. Friendly Service
9. Fun and Adventure
10. Preparation for Boy Scouts

All structured around family participation and core values:
    Citizenship, Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Faith,
    Health and fitness, Honesty, Perseverance, Positive
    attitude, Resourcefulness, Respect, and Responsibility.
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Tiger Cub Motto (1st grade)               Boy Scout Law
―Search, discover, share.‖                A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
                                             Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient,
Cub Scout Promise                            Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean,
I promise to do my best,
to do my duty,                            Boy Scout Oath
to God and my country,                    On my honor I will do my best
to help other people and                  To do my duty to God and my country and
to obey the Law of the Pack.              To obey the Scout Law;
                                          To help other people at all times;
Law of the Pack                           To keep myself physically strong, mentally
The Cub Scout follows Akela,                 awake, and morally straight.
The Cub Scout helps the pack go,
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow,        Boy Scout Motto - Be Prepared
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.
                                          Boy Scout Slogan - Do a Good Turn Daily
Cub Scout Motto - ―Do your best.‖
                                                                       Tiger – 1st Grade
Webelos                                                                Wolf – 2nd Grade
“WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts‖ - learn the Boy                                Bear – 3rd Grade
  Scout Law, Oath and Motto as they                        Webelos – 4th and 5th Grade
  get ready to bridge up to Boy Scouts.           Boy Scouts – 5th Grade to 18 years old
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Things Your Son Will Gain Through
          Cub Scouting
• A feeling of belonging to a positive and fun group of boys
  and caring adults.
• New social skills that will help him get along with others.
• Develop new mental skills from reading and writing, to
  planning and organizing.
• A greater understanding of other people and the world
  around him.
• A system of values that will help him grow and make
  good decisions.
• A concern and caring for people, and even opportunities
  to help others.
• Self-confidence and stronger self-esteem.
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       Cub Scout Organization
•   National Council
•   National Capital Area Council
•   Chain Bridge District
•   Packs
    – Chartered Organization – Cherrydale United
      Methodist Church
    – Pack Committee
• Dens
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   Pack 149 Operating Concept
• Pack
   – Meetings Monthly on Monday’s at Cherrydale United Methodist Church,
   – Monthly themes used throughout all of Scouting
   – Events – Council, District and Pack
• Den
   – Meetings in between Pack Meetings – Scheduled locations and times
     by the Den Leaders
   – Events
• Leaders / Committee Planning Meetings
• Leaders Training
• Communication
   –   Email
   –   Website:
   –   All meetings and events on the Pack Calendar
   –   Everything is always on the website

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            2008-2009 Pack Program
September                                                  February
06 – Creek Stomp                                           01 – Scout Safety Day for P149 at the Red Cross
22 – Join Scouting Night / Pack Meeting                    22 - Blue and Gold Dinner and Friends of Scouting Fundraiser
October                                                          completion
04 - 05 - Chain Bridge District Camporall / Fall Family    March
      Campout – Camp Wilson, Pohick Bay Park               07 - Chain Bridge District Pinewood Derby
20 – Pack Meeting                                          22 - Pack Campfire
Pack Class B T-Shirt Fall Fundraiser                       April
November                                                   27- Pack Meeting
01 - Scouting for Food                                     May
08 - Scouting for Food                                     02 - Taylor Fair Drink Stand
14 - Webelos Tree house Campout w/ T149                    17 - Pack Field Day
15 - Conservation Project                                  18 – Pack Meeting
17 – Pack Meeting                                          June
28 – 30 - Webelos Christmas Tree Sales w/ T162             06 – Race for the Cure
December                                                   13 – 14 Spring Family Campout, Fredericksburg –
01 – 14 - Webelos Christmas Tree Sales w/ T162                   Rappahannock River Tubing and Canoeing at the Virginia
06 - Pinewood Derby Workshop                                     Outdoor Center
13 - Holiday Service Project                               20 - Ultra Zone
15 – Pack Meeting                                          22 – 26 - Cub Scout Day Camp
January                                                    28 - Webelos to Camp PMI Goshen Scout Reservation
02 - Friends of Scouting Fundraiser Kickoff                July
03 - Pack Winter Frostbite Hike                            TBD Date - Cub World
10 - Webelos Dinner                                        11 - Ice Skating
23 – 24 -Pinewood Derby Racing                             August
26 – Pack Meeting                                          TBD Date - Chain Bridge District Campfire
                                                           TBD Date - Nationals Baseball Game
You can’t do it all but there are lots of opportunities!   23 - Rock Wall Climbing
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   Sample Den Activities from past
 Den Campout and outdoor             Arlington Courthouse to see a
  skills session at Isaak Walton       K-9 patrol
  League in Maryland                  Sword fighting program at
 Hiking on the Appalachian Trail      Gadsby's Tavern
  and Old Rag                         Jousting on Teeter Boards
 Fire Safety, Fire Building, Knot    World War II Memorial visit
  tying, Knife Safety and             Webelos at Sea overnight
  Whittling                            adventure on a Navy Ship
 Tour of XM Radio headquarters       Pizza parties
 Forestry and Nature Gulf            Camping in Tree Houses
  Branch Nature Center                US Flag Retirement Ceremony
 Soap making

       So much more …
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                Why Uniforms
• Scouts wear uniforms as a means of identifying
  themselves openly with the principals to which they are
  committed-character development, citizenship, physical
  and mental fitness.
• The fact that scouts wear uniforms does not mean
  everyone is alike.
• Cub Scouts Pack's are made up of boys from different
  cultural, ethnic, religious and political backgrounds.
• The uniform is a way of strength and support to each
• It is also a way of making visible a Scouts commitment to
  a belief in God, loyalty to country and helping other
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• Class A plus rank appropriate handbook; Tiger, Wolf ,
  Bear, Webelos – Casual Adventure or Scout Stores in
  Springfield and Bethesda
• Costs in NCAC parent orientation guide
• Neckerchiefs and 149 shoulder numerals provided free
  to all scouts by Pack 149

• Class B Tee Shirt - $25 sign up tonight
                A few still          New Design on Tie Dye
                available            Background
                tonight              Coming to you in email soon
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  Pack’s Obligation to your Son
• Provide a solid Scouting program that you can
  both be proud of.
• Provide the means of advancement in a timely
  manner for the Scouts.
• Provide quality trained den leaders.
• Provide the opportunity to participate in various
  outings and activities.
• Provide a safe Scouting environment and
  meeting place.
• Communicate news and current Scout events to
  you in a timely manner.

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    Scouts Obligations to the Pack
•   Do My Best in everything I do.
•   Obey the pack’s rules and regulations.
•   Obey den leaders and assistant den leaders and follow their rules and
•   Work on my achievements and electives and advance in a timely manner.
•   Participate in Scout activities whenever possible.
•   Respect others, their rights, and their property at all times. Show respect for
    the BSA. Treat the United States Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance with
    equal respect.
•   Be on time for all meetings and functions; it is not fair for the others to have
    to wait for me.
•   Call my den leader or ask my parent to call if I cannot attend a meeting or
•   Keep my uniform clean and in good repair with all my insignia properly
•   Wear my uniform proudly to all events and functions unless told otherwise
    by my den leader.

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            Code of Conduct
1. Always attempt to be on time.
2. When wearing the Scout uniform, wear it with
3. Always behave and follow instructions.
4. Always Do Your Best.
5. No use of alcohol or tobacco products is
   permitted while at Scout functions.
6. Disruptive or inappropriate behavior will not be
7. Destruction of public, private, or personal
   property is strictly prohibited.
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           Disciplinary Process
1.   Disruptive or inappropriate behavior will result in a
     warning, followed by a time-out or removal from the
     activity. In cases of repetitive behavior, guardians may
     be called to pick up the scout.
2.   Destruction of property will result in the guardian being
     called immediately to pick up the scout. Guardians of
     Scouts are financially responsible for the actions of
     their children.
3.   At the den leader’s discretion, guardians may be
     required to attend den functions with their Scout.
4.   Den leaders have the right to exclude a Scout from
     their den for reasons of conduct

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                   Parent Obligations
•   Work with your son on his achievements and electives. Scouting is a ―family affair‖
    and he cannot do it alone. If assistance is needed, ask your son’s den leader.
•   Accompany your son to the monthly pack meeting. One parent is required, but the
    entire family is welcome. We expect any younger siblings to be supervised and not
    allowed to cause a distraction during the pack meeting.
•   At Pack Meetings, assist the Den leaders as necessary if the boys are not well
    behaved. Especially if your son is not behaving. Den Leaders are often involved in
    the Pack Meeting program and cannot always see to the boys behavior at a Pack
•   Escort your son into the den meeting room. Make sure the leader is there and no last
    minute changes have been made. If you don’t stay for the meeting, pick up your son
    on time.
•   Volunteer and become involved. Every family is required to volunteer for one
    Pack level activity each year. When we ask for parental assistance there is a reason:
    The more active and involved you are, the more you and your son will enjoy the Cub
    Scout experience.
•   Voice your opinions, thoughts, and comments any leader or committee member. The
    only way the program can be improved is to know what you and your son wants.
•   Let us know of any problems as soon as they occur. Don’t wait. We cannot know
    about something that is upsetting you unless we are told.

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             Parent Volunteers
• We need Parent Volunteers to make the Pack go…
• There is no magic here. It is just us parents in an all
  volunteer Army where none of us has enough time but…
• We owe our boys a quality program!!

A Hundred Years from Now
It will not matter what my bank account was,
The sort of house I lived in,
Or the kind of car I drove.
But, the world may be different,
Because I was important in the life of a boy.
-- Forest Witcraft

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                     Volunteer Roles
• Fall Family Campout / District Camporall   •Spring Family Campout
• Fall T-shirt and Raffle Fundraiser         •Rock Wall Climbing
• Conservation Project                       •Ice Skating
• Scouting for Food                          •Nationals Game
• Holiday Charity                            •Cub Scout Day Camp
• Pinewood Derby Workshop                    •Cub World
• Webelos Dinner                             •Goshen Scout Reservation, Camp PMI
• Pinewood Derby                             •Pack Hike Sep 2008
• Friends of Scouting Fund Raiser            •Join Scouting Night 2008
• Blue & Gold Dinner                         •Emergency Contact Info Manager
• District Pinewood Derby                    •Rowdy Games Monthly Planner
• Campfire                                   •Auditor
• Taylor Drink Stand - May                   •Neckerchief Wrangler
• Field Games Day                            (and of course the Pack Committee
                                             and Leadership roles shown earlier)

    Volunteer sign-ups require registration or renewal payment first
          (see poster at back of the room for current status)
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        What Will Scouting Cost
• Annual Pack 149 Dues: $65
• This covers:
  –   BSA Registration Fees for boys and leaders
  –   Accident Insurance
  –   Boy's Life Magazine Subscription
  –   All awards, pins, badges and belt loops earned
  –   Fees for camping, Blue and Gold Dinner, and all other
• Fundraising (optional)
  – Direct support to the Pack in the Fall
  – Support to the National Capital Area Council in the
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                    To Join Pack 149
The Scouting year runs from June 1 - May 31.

For a new Scout to join Pack 149 please do the following:

1.    Complete a "Cub Scout Application". Fill out only the LOCAL COUNCIL COPY.
      Make and keep a copy for yourself.
2.    Complete a "Photo Permission Form"
3.    Complete the "Personal, Vehicle, Drivers License and Auto Insurance
      Information Form".
4.    Complete the ―BSA Class 1 Medical Form‖. Page 1 only.
5.    Write a check for $65 made out to "Cub Scout Pack 149".
6.    Send or bring all of the above to our Pack Committee Chairman, Leslie Atkins,
      1001 Rochester St., Arlington, VA 22205. Email: or call her
      at 703.237.0668 if you have questions. You can also give all of the above to any
      uniformed Pack Leader
All new Scouts receive a free uniform neckerchief and ―149‖ uniform should numerals.
For new Adult Leader to join the Pack:
1.    Please fill out a "BSA Adult Application" and then send or bring to Leslie Atkins
      as in # 5 above. The Pack pays the Adult Leader fees.
All new Adult Leaders receive a free ―149‖ uniform should numerals.
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    What do I need you to do now?
•   Go out to the lobby
•   Register or renew
•   Fill out info forms we need
•   Sign up as a leader or for a volunteer slot
•   Sign up and pay for the Campout

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      Thank you!

149 … Best all the time!

Contact the Cubmaster:
   Rich Mendelowitz
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•   Carefully review this document so you know what Cub Scouting is all about and how
    you and your son can get the most out of it.
•   Update all contact information
•   Fill out the BSA Cub Scout Application Form and write a check to Pack 149 for $65
•   Fill out the photo permission form
•   Fill out Vehicle and Drivers License information form (Needed for Tour Permit for
    Campouts and other outings)
•   Fill out the Parent Volunteer Form and turn it in tonight so you can share your
    knowledge, experience, and skills with the boys in your son’s den and the pack.
•   Consider becoming a Cub Scout Leader of your son’s Cub Scout den. Your son’s
    experience in Cub Scouting depends on your involvement … Fill out a BSA Adult
    Leader Application
•   Purchase a Cub Scout Book now and begin doing activities in it with your son,
    especially those related to the outdoors.
•   Find out what activities Pack 149 is doing in the next few months, and put them on
    your calendar so you can participate.
•   Scouting is more fun with friends! Every boy can join Cub Scouts at any time, not just
    on Join Scouting Night. Talk to other parents and boys and have them join your
    son’s Cub Scout den now to make Cub Scouting even more fun.
•   Purchase a Cub Scout shirt for your son to wear his awards on. Be sure to get a size
    large enough to last several years as your son grows
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    Volunteers Have Loads of Help
•   ―I was never a Scout as a youth, and know very little about the program.‖
•   There is no relationship between previous Scouting experience and your effectiveness as a parent
    or leader. The most important factor is your WILLINGNESS TO LEARN.
•   The Chain Bridge District and the National Capital Area Council provide many training
    opportunities and supplemental materials to assist you in learning about the Scouting program:
•   Youth Protection Training – 30 minutes online or monthly
•   Fast Start Training—30 minute video or web-based training to give you an overview of the
•   Cub Scout Basic Leader Training—A course taught by experienced volunteers that will give you
    the skills and knowledge you need to be effective in your leadership position.
•   Roundtable—a monthly meeting of area Cub Scout leaders, where you will receive general
    information and ideas on how to conduct fun and exciting den and Pack meetings. Ideas are
    shared on crafts, games, songs and skits, as well as District activities that your Pack can get
    involved with.
•   Cubmail—the monthly Chain Bridge District newsletter for all registered adult leaders which
    includes information on Scouting events and activities.
•   Scouting Magazine —the monthly National Capital Area Council newsletter for all registered adult
    leaders which includes information on Scouting events and activities.
•   University of Scouting—Annual full day of ―school‖ for leaders, offering classes on all areas of
•   Programs Helps—A leader’s guide for planning monthly den and Pack meetings.
•   Leader’s Guides—Numerous books are available at your local Scout
•   Center for leader’s to use as references to help you run effective den and Pack meetings.
•   Scout Centers—Our Council Service Centers are staffed with professionals available to help you
    with your Scouting questions, uniforms, and everything else you need to be successful in
•   Most of all the experience of other Pack Leaders!                                  Pack 149 Parent Information Guide
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