Welcome to Cub Scouts Pack 912!
As a Pack 912 parent, you may have many questions related to the people, programs and structure of the Pack and Scouting in general. This guide is the starting point for answering many of these questions. The information contained is not comprehensive, but we have also included many links to websites that contain more detailed information.
Thank you for choosing to invest in your son/daughter by becoming members of Pack 912. The Leaders of the Pack are members just like you and we are committed to providing a safe and fun program that teaches and reinforces the ideals of Scouting.
Note: This is a LOT of information. Please don't be overwhelmed. It's all the info I wish I had when we started Cub Scouts.
Table of Contents
What is Cub Scouts?
Cub Scouts is a year-round program offering fun activities that promote character and leadership development. Den meetings are planned and run by a den leader with a group of Scouts all the same rank/age/grade. The Cub Scouts earn most of their rank advancement adventure belt loops as a den. Parents are encouraged to play an active role in our programs. Cub Scouts may also complete some elective adventures with their parents at home. Pack Meetings are held quarterly, and are attended by all of the Cub Scouts in the Pack and their families. Cub Scouts earn their rank by May of each year as long as they have completed all their required adventures.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
As an American, I will do my best to – Be clean in my outdoor manners. Be careful with fire. Be considerate in the outdoors. Be conservation minded.
Mission of Scouting
The mission of Scouts, BSA is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
The Aims of Scouting
There are four aims of Scouting: character development, citizenship training, physical and mental fitness, and leadership development.
The Methods of Scouting
The methods of Cub Scouting are: living the ideals, belonging to a den, advancement, family involvement, activities, serving the community, and wearing the uniform.
What is expected of the Scout and their Family?
Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating in citizenship, and develops personal fitness. The Cub Scout program is part of the overall Scouting program offered by the BSA. More info at: http://www.scouting.org/ and https://beascout.scouting.org/
Council & District
Pack 912 is part of the Flaming Arrow District of the Sam Houston Area Council (SHAC) of the Boy Scouts of America. Council and District have both paid and volunteer representatives whose job it is to help Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops provide a quality program for the youth of Chester County. More info at: http://www.shac.org/
Each Pack has a legal entity that supports the Pack and helped create it through agreement with the BSA. Pack 912’s Chartered Organization is First Global Methodist Church of Humble. The church has a member who is our designated Chartered Organization Representative and this person assists the Pack in our annual recharter process and approves new Pack leadership. More info at: http://www.scouting.org/About/FactSheets/operating_orgs.aspx
Pack 912 is a family-oriented Cub Scout Pack. We offer dens for boys and girls and encourage their family to be present and engaged at den meetings. This is a great opportunity to learn and grow with your child.
All of our events are open to the entire family. We have Pack campouts, Pinewood Derby, Blue & Gold Banquet, and other events throughout the year including the summer months.
Volunteer & Service Opportunities
Throughout the year, the individual dens will work on service projects. We may also do pack-level service projects to include everyone. The pack will also inform den leaders and scouting families of volunteer opportunities that the scouts can participate in.
Camping is a highlight of the Scouting program for most scouts and their families. Our pack hosts two large family campouts each school year. We have one in the fall (usually in October) and one in the spring (usually in March/April). All scouts in the pack and their families are welcome to join us for these fun-filled weekends!
Dens by Grade Level
How much does it cost to join Cub Scouts?
What other costs will we have?
What can I do to offset costs?
What if I still can't afford the dues?
Part of Scouting is a feeling of belonging with others. The uniform helps create this sense of belonging and is an important part of being a Scout. Your uniform will also be the place to display advancements and awards they earn throughout their Cub Scout Journey.
Class A Uniform
Class B Uniform
You can choose to purchase a Pack Tshirt for $15 per shirt. These can be worn in place of the uniform at more informal events such as den meetings. Pack Tshirts can be ordered here: https://scoutsales.org/?27220.127.116.11
Pack Website Parent Portal
After registering with BSA, you will receive login information for our pack parent portal website. There you’ll find registration for any of our pack events as well as a calendar of den and pack meetings. Dues for returning scouts can be paid on the pack website as well as ordering pack shirts. The log in link is in the top menu of this page as well.
The pack uses email communication as the best way to get in contact with everyone at a pack level. Your den leaders will also likely use this to send den information. Make sure you register with an email address that you check frequently and keep your email up to date on the pack website to continue receiving important emails.
Den Meetings and Den Outings
Blue & Gold Banquet
Achievements & Awards
On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses towards a badge of rank based on their age. They need not have earned the previous rank in order to earn the next. Each of the ranks in Cub Scouting has its own requirements that are age appropriate, so earning a rank below a Cub Scout’s current grade is not permitted. As a Cub Scout advances through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities they have learned.
All of your Scouts advancement progress will be tracked by their den leader and parent via scoutbook.org. When logging in, the parent can see what advancements have been marked as completed (requirements have been met), approved (the den leader or advancement chair has approved the award), and awarded (meaning the pack has purchased for distribution).
Parent Volunteer Positions
Youth Protection Training (REQUIRED)
Adult Leader/Position-Specific Training
While not required, the training for each position through my.scouting.org has information that would be helpful to successfully fulfilling your role in the pack as well as understanding what others do.
Hazardous Weather Training
We all know how quickly the weather can change. The hazardous weather training informs you of the restrictions of scouts at different ages regarding incoming weather.
BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)
BALOO training is an overnight camping training for any adult in the Cub Scout program. It is required to have at least one BALOO trained adult on any overnight outdoor event. Having multiple trained leaders helps ensure we don’t have to cancel an event due to lack of trained adults.