Pack 37 Family Handbook

Welcome to Cub Scouting, part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). We are Pack 37 (referred to as Pack 9037 by local office) and last year we served 104 boys and their families from Somerset and Garlough elementary schools, 12 additional schools, and the local area. Founded in 1992, we have a very active Pack, and pride ourselves on having a program that focuses on the 12 core values of Cub Scouting with fun, respect, and family that influences the growth of the scouts into fine young citizens.

As with any program, you will get out of the program what you put into the program. We know there is a lot of information to absorb, so we have compiled the basic information you will need into this guide. We also have a website that will provide you with up-to-the-minute information regarding events, points of contact, and just about any other scouting information you might need.

We are glad you chose to join our Pack and look forward to watching your young scout grow and develop as an individual, as a family member, and as a citizen and leader in the community.

Now let’s have some fun!



Where We Meet

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
1575 Charlton Street
West St. Paul, MN  55118
(Corner of Charlton and Wentworth)

During the summer we meet at various locations and camps.


Pack Meetings

Third Tuesday of October, November, January, April, June, July and August from 6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m.

Sundays of September, February, March and May (times vary). No December meeting.

Pack Events: 1 Pack Event per Month

Den Meetings: Dens normally meet 2 times a month

Your Den Leader will contact you regarding the Den Meeting schedule.

To learn more about each grade-specific program (K: Lion, 1st Tiger, 2nd Wolf, 3rd Bear, 4th Webelos-1, and 5th Webelos-2) visit the Den web pages.

CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER: When School District 197 cancels afternoon and evening activities, Scout activities will also be cancelled. Exceptions may be made for trips or other special events. (Top of Page)


Quick Start Checklist for Parents/Adult Partners

 

When joining Pack 37, each parent or adult family member agrees to support their son in the following ways:

·         See that he has the proper uniform and handbook.

·         Assist him in attending weekly Den meetings and monthly Pack meetings.  *Attend with your son.

·         Work with him to complete the achievements for his rank award.

·         Return information forms (health forms, camping participation waivers, etc.) and permission slips as required.  New health forms have to be completed annually and a new camping participation waiver is required for each activity at a council property.

·         Support his Den Leader as a resource person or substitute as asked.

·         Agree to serve in some leadership capacity as called upon.

·         Provide input to the Den Leader or Pack leadership with regard to Den or Pack programming.

·         Parent volunteers are always needed. The Pack has an active leadership training program where you will learn everything you need to know to be a successful leader.

·         You will be assigned a mentor to help orient you.

 

If you’d like to help in any capacity, please contact the Cubmaster, Committee Chair, or your son’s Den Leader.

 

All types of help are needed—driving on trips, helping organize events, assisting in a Den Leader’s absence, etc. Remember, Cub Scout Packs do not exist without volunteer leadership. Please do your part when asked.

For a Scout to be officially registered with the BSA, their family must complete an Application to Join and submit to the Assistant Cubmaster/Youth Recruitment Chair.  On behalf of the Cubmaster, the Youth Recruitment Chair reviews the application for completeness, signs the application, and submits to the local Scout office for registration.  The Youth Recruitment Chair keeps a pack copy and submits information to the Packmaster Web Administrator, the appropriate den leader, and the Scout Parent Coordinator.  Boy’s Life magazine subscriptions take 4-6 weeks before the first issue is received.  If this doesn’t happen let someone know. (Top of Page)


What is Cub Scouting?

In 1930, the Boy Scouts of America launched a home and neighborhood-based program for boys aged nine to eleven. The program focused on nature, hobbies, games, preparation for Boy Scouts, and above all, character.  While the Cub Scouting program has changed over the last 83 years, now admitting boys as young as five as Lion Cubs, it has grown from 5,102 boys and 243 packs in 1930.  Today the focus of the program is still on preparing boys to become better adults.

 

Boys, families, leaders, and chartered organizations all work together to achieve the ten purposes of Cub Scouting:

1 To influence the development of character.

2 To encourage spiritual growth.

3 To help boys develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship.

4 To encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body.

5 To improve understanding within the family.

6 To strengthen the ability of boys to get along with other boys and respect other people.

7 To foster a sense of personal achievement in boys by helping them develop new interests and skills.

8 To show boys how to be helpful and to do one’s best.

9 To provide fun and exciting new things for boys to do.

10 To prepare boys to become Boy Scouts.

 

We achieve these purposes by teaching the ideals of Cub Scouting, which are represented by the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout Motto:

The Scout Oath:

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

 

The Scout Law:

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

 

Classic Cub Scout Motto: Do your best!

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Scout Expenses

For a full year, BSA dues, insurance, etc., the pack fee for returning Scouts is $56.  This includes $25 pack dues, $15 annual registration fee (goes directly to national BSA office), $10 Blue & Gold registration, and $12 Boy’s Life magazine subscription (Pack splits fee with Scout.).

For new Scouts the pack fee is $56 plus prorated dues if he joins before our annual recharter process in December.  Since most boys join in the beginning of the school year (September), new Scouts are asked to pay the additional prorated dues as follows:


 June $8.75 (registration) $3.50 (Boy's Life)
 July $7.50 $3.00
 August $6.25 $2.50
 September $5.00 $2.00
 October $3.75 $1.50
 November $2.50 $1.00
 December    $1.25 $0.50

If a boy enters Cub Scouts mid-year, he will pay the pro-rated portion of the annual dues (see table below) that will carry him through December of the following year.  The $10 Blue & Gold registration will only apply if he joins June through February.


 January $56.00
 February     $52.00
 March $38.00 
 April $34.00
 May $30.00

All new and returning Scouts will receive an invoice in the August/September timeframe and are asked to make arrangements with the Treasurer by the September 22 Pack Meeting.  The pack will purchase handbooks that can be added to your invoice along with any “add-ons” that you would like to take care of like Pancake Breakfast tickets ($60 per family) and various camp registrations (Fall Festival, Polar Camp, etc.).

For 5th grade Webelos Scouts who will cross over to Boy Scouts in March, the full annual dues are paid and membership is transferred to the Boy Scout Troop automatically. Boy Scout troops may also have other dues structures for equipment and such that is not part of transferred registration.

Registered Cub Scouts transferring to Pack 37 from other packs are asked to pay a one-time transfer fee of $1.00, instead of the pro-rated registration fee, as part of the $56 pack fee. (Top of Page)

 

Fundraising

The Scouts, their parents, the Pack, the Chartered Organization, and the community are responsible for supporting Cub Scouting.  Pack 37 obtains income by working on approved money-earning projects such as popcorn and wreath sales, pancake breakfast, and a Give Back Wednesday. Pack 37’s principal fund-raising project is the annual pancake breakfast which funds the majority of the pack’s activities (volunteer training, Pinewood Derby, End-of-Year Picnic, Blue & Gold banquet, ice cream social, etc.), equipment (camping, ceremonial, websites) and awards (badges, belt loops, and pins).

The annual Northern Star Council Popcorn Sale (September to October), combined with the pack’s Wreath Sale, provides the primary opportunity for Scouts to earn their way to attend camps and activities.  The council provides the Pack a percentage of the total popcorn sales and so does the wreath vendor.  Each Scout is given the opportunity to sell popcorn and wreaths to raise money for their Scout activities and earn prizes.  Our goal is 100% participation in this annual event. The quality of the activities your Scout can participate in is directly related to this annual fundraiser.  In 2012-13 our Scouts earned over $10,000 for their Scout accounts.

Scouts and their families work really hard to sell popcorn and wreaths.  A way to say “thank you” is to have Scout accounts within our Pack.  An account is set up within our Pack for that Scout to pay for ANY Scouting event, including Council sponsored events, and for ANY Scouting-related necessities: for example, uniforms, handbooks, equipment, etc.  Some key points worth highlighting:

·         It is not allowable for an exiting Scout to extinguish an account at the Scout Shop by purchasing necessities just for the sake of using the account, especially since it is clear the necessities will not be used for Scouting purposes.

·         All of the proceeds a Scout earns go directly into his Scout account.  This account follows the Scout as long as he is registered in a Scout unit.

·         If he graduates from the Pack and joins a Boy Scout troop, when the troop confirms his registration our Pack’s Treasurer will transfer any remaining Scout account balance to the gaining troop.

·         If a Scout transfers to another pack the same policy applies.

·         If a Scout leaves the Pack any remaining Scout account balance is transferred to the Pack account and remains there for one year.  If the Scout returns, the balance is returned to the Scout’s account.  If the Scout does not return after one year, the Pack can determine how to allocate the funds.

·         The only additional allowable transfer of Scout funds is from one sibling’s account to another.

The spring Give Back Wednesday fundraiser is an opportunity to support the pack’s scholarship program.  A local business donates to the pack 10% proceeds on pre-tax sales for one day of business.  Anyone can contribute additionally to the scholarship program.

The Pack also collects donations, as part of monthly service projects, at pack meetings when we do not have a service project already scheduled during that month.  Every month families have the opportunity to be service-oriented.

Additionally, the community, including parents, supports Cub Scouting through the United Way, Friends of Scouting (FOS) enrollment, bequests, and special contributions to our local BSA Council. This financial support provides leadership training opportunities, outdoor programs, several outstanding camping properties, two council service centers and other facilities, and professional services for units, including our pack.  Every year the Pack acts on behalf of the local BSA Council and asks parents to consider FOS donations.  In exchange for our Pack achieving our FOS goal, we receive free Pinewood Derby car kits for every registered Cub Scout.  In 2012-13, 33 families raised $7,037 towards our $6,371 goal.

The Pack establishes all of our selected fund-raising activities and schedules throughout the year at our annual planning meetings in April and May.  This information will be posted on our website and made available at the meetings. (Top of Page)

 

Financial Assistance

If you are unable to afford the costs of Scouting you should contact the Committee Chair or Cubmaster (page 8).  Besides the Pack Treasurer, no one else in the Pack needs to know about your situation and it will be handled in confidence.  Do not let the cost of Scouting deter you from joining Scouts – we can help you afford it if you need the help.

Council events, especially camps, can be pricey and some Scouts may require financial assistance to attend. The council offers scholarships with a standard financial commitment that the Scout and council each pay for 50%. To receive scholarships, Scouts must participate in the annual popcorn sales.  Scholarship applications must be reviewed and recommended by the Pack (this is accomplished in confidence by a committee consisting of the Committee Chair, Cubmaster and Treasurer).  Pack 37’s policy is that to be eligible for scholarship and receive the Pack’s recommendation (and if they meet other qualifying criteria established by Council) and if funds are available within a Scout’s Scout account, those funds must be used completely to pay first for the Scouts portion (50%) until the account is depleted.

No boy will be denied participation in Pack 37 due to lack of money.

If a boy has a need for financial assistance for pack or den activities, it is the intent of Pack 37 leadership that there is an attempt on his behalf to earn his own way.  Pack 37 can assist in this process.

Pack 37 has a small scholarship fund as a result of private donations, allocation of funds raised by previous Cub Scouts, and contributions from local businesses through “Give Back” programs supported by pack families and friends.  Donations to this fund are always graciously accepted and can be made directly to the Treasurer or given to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church and designated for “Cub Scout Pack 37 Scholarship Fund.”

Partial scholarships are available through Pack 37 to assist with dues, uniforms, and camp fees. Scholarships are open both to newly applying families and to existing members and can be applied for any time during the year. The intent of the scholarship program is 1) to enable scouting participation for those who would like to join Cub Scouts but are financially unable to do so, and 2) to help retain Cub Scouts who are already members of Pack 37 whose family financial circumstances have changed and now require assistance to remain active in Cub Scouts. In order to help as many families as possible, only partial tuition scholarships will be granted.

Before Pack 37 will consider any financial assistance, a family must demonstrate a significant level of commitment through attendance, volunteer job execution, participation in fund raisers, and the generous donation of time and skills.  Pack 37 reserves the right to withdraw scholarship funds at any time if this essential component of Pack membership is in question.

Any Scout’s family that needs a scholarship or assistance is encouraged to approach the Committee Chair or the Cubmaster directly to discuss their need.  The process is confidential and no other Committee members (with the possible exception of the Camping Coordinator), Adult leaders or Pack families will be made aware of the scholarship.

The review board may also recommend other sources of assistance (such as Northern Star Council’s Campership and Uniform Exchange programs) and assist the family in pursuing those opportunities.  Scholarships covering dues may be partial or full depending on the Pack’s budget and the family’s circumstances.  All scholarships or Assistance funds are applied with the approval of the Pack Committee.

Scouts are expected to use any funds in their Scout Account (if applicable) before seeking assistance from the Pack.  Requirements to receive scholarship or assistance funds:

1. Attend a minimum of 50% of den meetings, pack meetings and other pack events

2. Participate in all pack fundraising activities

3. Lead at least one of the pack events your den is responsible for

Any recipient who receives scholarship or assistance funds but does not meet these requirements may not be eligible for such funds in the future. (Top of Page)

 

Parents Role in Scouts

Parents are the important part of an exceptional Scouting program.  As a parent, you are considered “Akela” by your Scout and other Scouts.  Akela is a symbol of wisdom, authority, and leadership.  Examples of Akela include the Cubmaster, the Den Leader, teachers, and YOU--the main leader your boy looks to for guidance.

As your son progresses through the ranks of scouting your role and influence on him achieving goals should decrease accordingly. For example, your presence is expected at all Den Meetings and most outings if your son is a Kindergarten Lion Cub (you are an Adult Partner) or 1st grade Tiger Cub (you are an Adult Partner).  And your role decreases when he moves to a 2nd Grade Wolf Cub. Your role decreases more as he advances to a 3rd Grade Bear Cub and through the Webelos rank.  Each year your Scout will become more responsible for his advancement in the program and each year our parents find more time to assist all the kids in the Pack.

Parents are also members of the Pack Committee and are always welcome to attend the Parents/Leaders Meeting.  The Pack Committee plans the programming for all the activities of the Pack at the monthly parent meetings. The committee also enables, equips, and trains the leaders and parent volunteers.  Your role in this committee can be passive but hopefully, as your son’s demands on your time decrease, your role in the Pack Committee will increase.  

We ask that you identify your strengths and find ways to apply them towards the program.  Your role is certainly up to you but we all hope you find a good place in our Pack to apply those skills and enhance the program to new heights.  Feel free to speak with any of the current leaders about where you can help.  All new parents are asked to submit a Parent Talent Survey. (Top of Page)

 

How Do I Find My Way in the Pack?

Upon registration, you should receive e-mail or phone contact from the Assistant Cubmaster (Youth Recruitment Chair).  You will be introduced to your son’s den leader, the Cubmaster, and the Scout Parent Unit Coordinator.  After these introductions the Scout Parent Unit Coordinator will stay in touch during the first few months to ensure your family is in contact, has opportunity to participate, and your basic questions are being answered.

As part of your son’s requirements to earn his first badge (Bobcat), you must complete exercises with him from the “How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse” parent guide.  Take the time to read through his handbook and encourage him to do the same.

To help your own understanding of the Scouting program, all parents are asked to attend the Parent Orientation during the September 22 Pack Meeting and complete a short online course.  To do this, go to myscouting.org, create an account, and complete the “This is Scouting” course.  You are welcome to review any of the other courses required for our leaders (outlined later in this guide). (Top of Page)


Staying Updated


You should check the website regularly. We update it often. We also have an extensive library of documents and online forms available for parents to use.

Our leaders are required to complete training courses and learn the tools made available to them through our website. Bookmark it and check it often.

Facebook

We encourage you to share posts with your friends on Facebook.  This helps to get the word out about our program.

Cubmaster Updates

The Cubmaster will e-mail the pack occasionally.

Den Communications

Every den leader communicates with their dens through e-mail.  If you do not hear from your den leader between monthly pack meetings, notify us.  Each den has a page on the website and you are encouraged to access this in addition to any e-mail communication.

Contacting You

Please make sure we have your contact information correct.  We e-mail notices and reminders on a regular basis.  Please notify us if your contact information changes.  Notify us if you don’t receive any notices in a week’s time; chances are we don’t have your information correct.

 

Contacting the Leaders

Position

Name

E-mail

Phone Number

Committee Chair

John Chandler

committeechair.pack9037@gmail.com

651.442.5711

Cubmaster

Jennie Robinson-Kloos

cubmaster.pack9037@gmail.com

651.365.7700


Treasurer

Jeanne Cunningham

treasurer.pack9037@gmail.com



Youth Recruitment Chair

Jennie Robinson Kloos

youthrecruit.pack9037@gmail.com

651.365.7700





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Council, District, Pack, & Den

As you learn about Scouting, you will hear about Council Events, District Events, Pack Events, and Den Events.  Below we give you an overview of what that means and why there is so much fun to choose from when your son joins Scouts. 

Northern Star Council

Northern Star Council covers 21 counties across central Minnesota and four counties in western Wisconsin.  They have an average annual membership of 72,000 youth.  The Northern Star Council is one of the five largest councils in the country and is led by over 21,000 volunteers.  The council runs eight camp properties.  Three camps you are encouraged to attend during your first year at most of these camp properties include Fall Festival, Polar Camp, and Camp Akela.  These three camps serve Scouts in grades K-5.  Council events are normally well attended, very organized, and worth checking out.  Some events we will attend as a Pack and others you will be encouraged to attend individually.  The council also provides tons of resources and opportunities to become a very effective and well trained leader in Scouts.

Kaposia District

The council administers the Scouting program through 25 district service areas.  Our Pack is in the Kaposia District.  The district also provides volunteer support, training, program opportunities, events, fundraising opportunities, and administrative services at a more localized level.  We will also attend district events as a pack and we will encourage you to attend others individually.  District events are still well attended and offer a more localized flavor as they are normally held nearby.

Pack 37

Our pack serves K-5th grade students in Mendota Heights and West St. Paul.  In approximately 2005 Pack 248 (primarily serving Garlough Elementary) merged with Pack 37.  In 2010 Pack 105 (primarily serving Moreland Elementary) merged with Pack 37.  Since then an after school Cub Scout program is available for Moreland families and for the last two years we have resumed promoting Scouting to Garlough families in addition to Somerset Elementary.  We have a long history of providing the Scouting program to local residents.  Our pack draws from the resources provided through the Kaposia District and the Northern Star Council and we also organize our own events which you will learn about later in this packet.

Your Den

You will be assigned a den based on your son’s grade in school.  The idea is to place the boys into small groups with friends he might already know.  Ideally, dens will have 6 to 8 boys and will be led by a parent and parent helpers.  The Den Leaders will draw from the resources of the pack, the district, and the council.  Dens meet twice a month and focus on completing the program as outlined in the handbooks.  Each year you will use a different handbook.  *Attend with your son.

For Lions and Tigers a 1:1 adult to Scout ratio is required.  For Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts, check with your den leader before considering just dropping off your son.  Some Scouts still need parental supervision and it isn’t fair to the volunteer den leader and other families if your son is in this category. (Top of Page)

 

Common Questions

Uniforms

It’s OK to attend meetings without a uniform the first couple weeks. The uniforms are normally worn at Pack Meetings, Den Meetings, Fundraisers, and other more formal events. We strive to have new scouts in uniform by the start of school in the fall. If you are joining in the Summer, this gives you plenty of time to seek out the best price.

We have two uniforms:

·         The “Class A” uniform is the more formal of the two.  You should purchase a hat, shirt, neckerchief, slide, and a belt.  Check with friends and relatives, as they might have some previously experienced Scout uniforms tucked away in a closet.  The pack provides the “37” numerals at the first pack meeting.  If you want, you can special order a patch so that both numbers are on one patch. It makes it easier to sew and it looks better.  

·         The “Class B” uniform is a Pack T-shirt that our boys wear to campouts and less formal events.

The Pack does ask that parents turn in uniform parts they no longer need.  Each year your son will need a different hat and neckerchief because he will advance to the next rank in Scouting.  If you turn your old uniforms in it acts as a ‘hit or miss’ clothes bank for lower income Scout families in our Pack.  If you are in need of uniform assistance see the Committee Chair or Cubmaster.  We have a Uniform Exchange at the first pack meeting in September.

The Scout purchases the basic uniform items (see your den page on pack website for specifics); the Pack purchases the rank, achievement, and recognition awards.  Uniform placement can be found on the pack website.

 

Activities

The goal of Scouting is “Fun with a Purpose”.  Our leaders try their best to incorporate this goal into everything we do with the Scouts.  Below we list some of the ways we go about accomplishing a quality program for the boys in our Pack.  Our goal is to have one event, organized for the entire Pack, once a month.

·        Pack Meetings

Each month all of our Scouts (grades 1-5) get together to celebrate their achievements.   Your Scout is awarded patches, badges, belt loops, pins, etc.  Scouting is all about recognizing the boys and your entire family is invited to celebrate with them.  We normally share snacks and drinks and the meetings are programmed to last one hour.  Our Pack meetings are normally held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., including summertime activities in June, July, and August.  We typically have no December pack meeting.

·        Service Projects

Pack 37 takes seriously our role to help our Scouts become service-oriented.  Each month we provide an opportunity for this, not only because it helps them with certain advancements, but because if a Scout or Scouter completes 20 service hours annually, they earn the Community Service Award.

-          September:  Pick up trash on St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church grounds.

-          October:  Donate food before pack meeting.

-          November

o   Scouting in the Community Food Drive.  On the first Saturday Scouts deliver reminders to households.  On the second Saturday, Scouts return to pick up donated goods.

o   Veteran’s Day.  Scouts have the opportunity to carry Pack colors in a remembrance ceremony parade at the State Capitol.

-          December.  Varies

-          January

o   Pack 37 Flap Jack Fundraiser.  Scouts have the opportunity to serve and cleanup food, wash dishes, and prepare meals to help pack general account.

o   Unit Level Service Day.  Every council pack is asked to perform a service project on this day.  Our project is TBD.

-          February

o   Fort Snelling Veterans’ Cemetery.  Scouts clean wreaths and displays.

o   Scout Sunday.  Scouts represent Pack 37 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church between Sunday morning services at display booth and during second service with Boy Scout troop and Sea Scout ship that church also sponsors.

-          March:  Donate food before pack meeting.

-          April:  Feed My Starving Children.  Scouts pack meals in one two-hour shift.

-          May: Riverside Cemetery.  Place flags on veteran graves.

-          June:  TBD.

-          July:  Donate school supplies for Neighbors, Inc.

-          August: TBD.

·        Fall Festival

This is a one-day camp offered immediately after new Scouts join to provide them with a taste of what the various Scout camp properties have to offer. Fall Festival is run by Boy Scouts who provide great examples of Scouting spirit.

·        Cub-O-Ree

This is a family overnight camp run by our district in May.  Bring a tent and join in the fun.

·        Pinewood Derby

In March we get our race on!  This is always a winner for the boys and some say the parents had a little fun along the way.  To help all boys build a competitive car, the pack organizes workshops leading up to Weigh-In.  The Pack will provide each Cub Scout a Pinewood Derby car kit, typically handed out at the January Pancake Breakfast.  Any Pinewood Derby car accessories are purchased by the Scout.

·        Blue and Gold Banquet

This is an annual event (“most important meeting of the year”) in February to celebrate the birthday of Scouting and the graduation of our 5th grade Webelos Scouts. Pack families are invited to a sit-down meal and our Scouts get entertained with a fun program of awards and activities.

·        Outdoor Camping

We have several opportunities to camp out as a Pack.  Everyone is encouraged to attend the council sponsored Polar Camp in January or February, the district sponsored Cub-O-Ree in May, and the pack sponsored Backyard Camping summertime activity during the summer.

·        Resident Camp

We encourage all of our Scouts (grades 1-4) to attend the three day Resident Camp at Camp Akela in the summer or our 5th grade Scouts to attend the four day Resident Camp at Navajo Camp.  These are both Council run camps.  Additionally there are weekend camping opportunities with local Boy Scout troops for 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts. (Top of Page)


Advancement

Scouts advance through achievements.  If a Scout regularly attends den and pack meetings, and does minimal homework with an adult as assigned by his den leader, he will earn his rank advancement for the year by the February Blue & Gold Banquet.

It is technically possible for boys to complete requirements for belt loops and pins multiple times during their Cub Scout career.  However, it is Pack 37’s policy that the Pack only furnishes a belt loop or pin for the first time it is earned.  If the parent feels it is important for the boy to wear multiple belt loops and pins, they may purchase them at the Scout Shop.

Religious Emblems.  St. Stephen’s is willing to assist Scouts who wish to work towards their religious emblem.  In early Fall the Pack will ask which Scouts want to participate and families will be put in touch with Pastor John Snider. To earn the religious emblem, it will likely take 3-6 months and meetings towards this are above and beyond den and pack meetings and activities. (Top of Page)


Leadership

You do not need to be a registered leader to help at den or pack meetings, or at campouts.  If you see an opportunity, let us know.  We are all volunteers.  Your Den Leader will invest 104 hours this year to help your Scout.

In Cub Scouts, all registered leaders in direct contact with youth are encouraged to wear a uniform and must complete training in person or online within one month of accepting new position.  To become a leader in our Pack, all current and new leaders must complete the following as required by Council and by our Pack


  • Fill out an Adult Application and submit to Committee Chair.  There are three approval authorities for adult leaders.
    • First, the Committee Chair (volunteer parent like you).  This individual reviews the application for completeness, signs the application, and submits to our Chartered Organization Representative.
    • Second, the Chartered Organization Representative (St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church volunteer).  This individual calls the listed references and inquires about the applicant if they do not know him/her.  If their knowledge of the applicant or research indicates that he/she would follow BSA policies and deliver great service to the youth in our pack, they sign the application and return to the Committee Chair for submission to the local Scout office.  The Chartered Organization Representative keeps an application copy for St. Stephen’s.
    • Third, the Committee Chair keeps a pack copy and submits the application to the local Scout office for the District Executive approval.  The Scout office initiates a background check on behalf of the District Executive.  Once completed, the District Executive signs the application and the leader is then approved.
  • Complete following trainings in person or go to myscouting.org, create an account, register as a leader in Pack 9037, and complete these trainings online:
    • Youth Protection (Has to be renewed every two years.)
    • This is Scouting
    • New Leader Essentials
    • Leader Specific
  • Complete Pack Specific Training   
    • All leaders are encouraged to use Progress Record for assigned position as barometer for offering quality program.
    • Pack Reporter Trail will teach you how we communicate as a Pack, provide access to your leader-specific gmail account, and allow you to use the tools we have available to all of our leaders.  All registered leaders are asked to use gmail accounts so accounts have history and to make it easier for families to communicate with leaders.
    • PackMaster Web allows our leaders to access and update in our unit database from any internet connected system the following: Scout and adult personal data (from applications and health forms), Advancement (requirements, electives, special awards, etc.), Activities and attendance, Reports (advancement, health forms, rosters, etc.), and more.  Dan Halsey is our PackMaster Web Administrator and will provide each leader with a password and user ID.  See appendix. (Top of Page)

 

PACK 37 CODE OF CONDUCT

I. Introduction

It is expected that each member of Pack 37 conduct himself politely and orderly at all times.  As members of the Pack, each Scout is a representative of the Pack, the Chartered Organization (St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church), and the Boy Scouts of America, as well as himself and his family.

Conduct should reflect the guidelines in the Cub Scout Promise, Cub Scout Motto, and the Scout Law.

The Cub Scout program is a privilege, not a right, for those boys and their parents willing to accept the high standards of Scouting with their required behavior. Pack 37’s Code of Conduct is necessary to ensure that Scouting’s high ideals are met by all of our Scouts. This Code of Conduct has been established to provide a framework of expectations and disciplinary actions for members of the Pack.

Adult participation is an integral part of Scouting; each Scout should be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all Scout activities or meetings.  A parent or guardian is required for all Lion Cub and Tiger Cub activities and meetings. Adults are expected to actively engage in Scout activities and to assist the Leaders with control of their Scouts and others. Certain den level activities may not require parent or guardian participation; such events will have TWO DEEP LEADERSHIP and any parent is welcome to attend.

 

II. Meetings/Activities/Conduct Towards Others

1. Parents/Guardians are responsible for their Scout at all meetings, events and campouts. Parents/Guardians are responsible for siblings.  Attendance by siblings at den meetings is at the discretion of the Den Leader.  At St. Stephen’s, no unescorted youth is allowed.

2. Scouts are expected to respect Leaders, fellow Scouts and adults.

3. No physical contact, rough-housing or running before, during or after meetings or

activities.

4. No loud, abusive, vulgar language or sounds.

5. No hazing, ridicule, or teasing other Scouts, siblings or dens.

6. No secret organization, ritual or initiation is permitted.

7. Property of others (including personal property, Pack property or Chartered Organization property) is to be respected and shall not be taken, abused or destroyed.

8. When Akela raises their hand in the cub scout sign “wolf ears”, Scouts are expected to stop what they are doing, be quiet, silently return the sign and pay attention.

9. No throwing objects unless authorized by Leaders.

10. No use or possession of alcohol, illegal drugs, or tobacco products.

11. Scouts will wear uniforms, and with pride – neat, clean and complete.

12. Scouts must wear closed-toe shoes at all times.

13. Scouts will respect their surroundings, indoors or outdoors, and keep them clean.

14. No electronic devices (TVs, game players, laptops, radios, iPods, etc…) are

allowed.


III. When at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church

We are sponsored by a wonderful church and we want to make a good impression with them.

1. We will take care of their things.

2. We will clean up after ourselves.

3. We will be respectful of others and other people’s things.

4. We will have fun while we follow the rules.

 

IV. Camping Trips

In addition to the foregoing, on Pack camping trips:

1. Scouts are expected to use the buddy system.

2. Scouts must stay within visual range of the camp perimeters; if the Scout can’t see the camp, he’s gone too far.

3. Scouts must observe Quiet Time and/or Lights Out.

4. Tents are for family members only and are off-limit unless permission is granted by a parent/guardian.

5. Scouts are expected to follow fire safety rules.  No playing with, jumping over, taking sticks out of the fire, or torches allowed.

6. Lions, Tigers and Wolves are not permitted to carry knives. Bears and Webelos are permitted to use approved knives if they have and carry a Whittling Chip Card.

7. No firearms or weapons (including non-approved knives, axes, slingshots, or sharpened sticks or stakes) are permitted.

8. No lasers, inappropriate spotlights, or fireworks are permitted.

9. It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances is not permitted at encampments or activities on property owned or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.

10. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to refrain from using tobacco products during campouts; use of a designated smoking area, away from children, is highly encouraged.

 

IV. Discipline

Minor disciplinary problems (such as: failure to follow directions; loud or disruptive behavior; minor physical or verbal abuse of another; etc…) will be handled in the following manner:

1. First warning: verbal warning

2. Second warning: sent to sit with parent or guardian

3. Third warning: sent home with parent or guardian

 

Major disciplinary problems (such as: serious physical or verbal abuse of another; theft of property; repeated minor disciplinary problems; use of alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco; etc…) may result in any or all of the following:

1. Counseling by Den Leader/Cubmaster and discussion with parent or guardian;

2. Limitation of participation in activities;

3. Removal from the activity/sent home with parent or guardian;

4. Immediate temporary or indefinite suspension from Scout activities with reinstatement at the discretion and under terms set by the Pack leadership;

5. Dismissal from the Pack.

Any Scout who is suspended or dismissed from Scout activities as a result of disciplinary problems will not be refunded any portion of his application fees, pack dues or other fees. Application for reinstatement may be considered at a later date, if the Scout has shown an improvement in his behavior, actions showing acceptance of responsibility for past digressions, and a desire to return to the Cub Scouts. (Top of Page)


APPENDIX - PACKMASTER

PackMaster Web allows our leaders to access and update in our unit database from any internet connected system the following: Scout and adult personal data (from applications and health forms), Advancement (requirements, electives, special awards, etc.), Activities and attendance, Reports (advancement, health forms, rosters, etc.), and more.

·         Our PackMaster Web Administrator will provide each leader with a password and user ID.

·         Once you've logged into PackMaster Web, it's easy to make scout/parent contact info updates:

o   Click on the Scouts tab, click on the scout's name & then click on Personal

o   On the Personal #1 screen - Make changes to Address and Home Telephone (don't enter parents email address or cell phone #'s on this screen) - Click OK to save

o   On the Parents screen - Make changes to the parent telephone numbers and email addresses.  Parent #3 can be used for a guardian, like a grandmother.  - Click OK to save

·         Recording completed Achievements/Advancements.  Getting these into Packmaster Web a week before the next den meeting allows our Advancement Chair to purchase & distribute the awards

o    If you've just had a den meeting and want to credit scouts for a full/part achievement earned:

o    Group credit - Group Credit tab, click the rank you're working on, select names to be credited, select full achievement to be credited, enter completion date and the Process.  Note - you can't use Group Credit for partial achievement credit.

o    Individual scout credit - Scouts tab, click individual scout's name & then click the rank you're working on (ex. Wolf or Wolf Electives)

o    Partial credit: click on the achievement name and check the boxes for parts earned and click CLOSE

o    Full credit: just enter the date the achievement was completed ; click OK

o    For Academic/Sports belt loops & pins, you'll find those on the individual and group credit screens too

·         To get back to the main screen –

o    If you don't see a blue house (Main Menu) button in the upper right, just click OK or Close on the screen you're on.  Keep doing that until you see the blue house - which will take you to the Main Menu screen

·         To log out –

o    From the Home screen, click the red Log Out button in the upper right.

·         Setting Up Packmaster Web Account.  There is a short how-to guide in the gmail documents folder that covers the basics of looking up contact info, making advancement updates, entering activities and running reports.  In addition, here are the steps to logging in the first time and creating an account so you can start browsing and entering scout advancement data.

1.      Our Packmaster website can be found at:

www.packmasterweb.com/pack37

2.      For first time users only, contact Dan Halsey for User ID and password.

3.      On the Create Account screen, enter a:

New User ID

New Password  (please don't make it your bank or other critical login password)

Your Name

Your Email

Make note of your new UserID & Password

Click Create Account

4.      Now login with your new UserID and Password

5.      Open the attached "What is PackMaster Web" doc, and turn to pg 2.  Start working through the Scout tab.  If you do update any info, make sure you click OK or Save and it'll be backed up, stored and sync'd up with all the other changes.

6.      Advancements - please have all your scout advancements updated and entered in PackMaster no later than 1 week before any Pack Meeting.

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