Pack 358 Parent Handbook Pack 358's Pack Committee has created a parent handbook
which will hopefully answer some of the many questions
new Scouting families have.
If you don't find answers to your questions,
Email our Cubmaster
Youth Protection & Adult Leadership
The BSA has adopted the following policies to provide additional security for our members. These policies are primarily for the protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to protect our adult leaders from false accusations of abuse. Among them are:
The full text of these guidelines can be found in the Guide to Safe Scouting.
- Two-deep leadership
- No one-on-one contact
- Separate accommodations
Youth Protection Training
This training covers the BSA's Youth Protection policies, kinds of abuse, signs of abuse, how to respond to disclosure of abuse, and proper reporting procedures. It does so by taking you through situations that require choices and produce consequences.
We encourage ALL the pack's parents to take the time to review this training. It's available on-line at no cost. It will take about 30 minutes.
To access this training, go to BSA's Online Learning Center.
PURPOSES OF CUB SCOUTING
Cub Scouts is more than having a group of boys at your den meeting to say the Pledge of Allegiance, or playing games with their friends. Getting Cub Scout Leader Training will allow you to understand, then meet the aims of the Boy Scouts of America's program through Cub Scouting.
The BSA's program has three overall aims:
- Character development: to build character, to build self-reliance, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-respect
- Citizenship Training: to foster love of community, country and world, along with a commitment of service to others and an understanding of democratic principles.
- Personal Fitness: to develop physical, mental, emotional, and moral fitness that will stay with a Scout for the rest of his life.
These aims are met through the purposes of the Cub Scouting which are:
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- Family Understanding
- Respectful Relationships
- Personal Achievement
- Friendly Service
- Fun and Adventure
- Preparation for Boy Scouts
These are the purposes of Cub Scouting. Activities planned by leaders and enjoyed by boys relate to one or more of these purposes. These purposes help us achieve the overall aims of the Boy Scouts of America.
When it comes to developing character, the complete person must be considered. Character development involves at least three critical areas:
In the Cub Scouting program, using these three critical areas and relating them to values will be referred to as Character Connections.
Character Connections are used to connect a boy's thinking, feeling, and behavior to Scouting's 12 Core Values, which are:
- Health and Fitness
- Positive Attitude
Cub Scouting assists in teaching values and developing character in boys by offering a program where boys can experience value based activities with caring leadership and family support.
As boys participate in a Cub Scout activity, they learn to “connect” their experience with a core value. Boys connect by learning (knowledge), feeling (commitment), and accomplishing (practice) the skills that relate to these values. In an effort to make character development part of every boy's experience in the Cub Scout program, the “Character Connections” will be integrated throughout the boys’ handbooks and advancement programs.
THE LANGUAGE OF SCOUTING
- Achievement - The name given to a major requirement in the Cub Scout program. There are 12 Wolf and 24 Bear achievements.
- Activity Badge - One of 20 specialized recognitions earned by Webelos Scouts.
- Advancement - The process by which a member meets certain requirements and earns recognition.
- Akela - A title of respect used in Cub Scouting; any good leader is Akela. The name comes from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.
- Arrow of Light award - Highest rank in Cub Scouting. The only Cub Scout badge that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
- Arrow Point - An award given to a cub Scout who has completed 10 elective projects beyond the rank for his grade. A gold arrow point is given for the first 10 projects and a silver arrow point is given for each additional 10 projects thereafter.
- Assistant Cubmaster (CA) - A person 18 years or older holding this position in a Cub Scout pack.
- Assistant Den Leader (DA) - A person appointed to help the Cub Scout den leader.
- Baden-Powell, Robert Stephenson Smyth - Founder of the worldwide Scouting movement.
- Basic Training - Formal introduction to the program, purpose, ideals and procedures of the Cub Scout program necessary for a volunteer to function.
- Bear Rank - awarded to the Third grade Cub Scout for completing 12 of the 24 achievements.
- Belt Loop - Metal loops that secure around the Cub Scout belt.
- Sports - Awarded for a general understanding and participation of any of 22 sporting activities.
- Academic ?- Awarded for a general understanding and some hands on experience in any of 17 academic fields.
- Blue and Gold Banquet - A birthday dinner for Scouting held by Cub packs in February.
- Bobcat Rank - The first rank for all Cub Scouts.
- Boy's Life - The magazine published by the Boy Scouts of America to help boys in Scouting.
- Buddy System - A part of Safe Swim Defense. Swimmers are paired, check in and out of the water together, and stay within 10 feet of each other during the swim. Buddy system is used also in other activities such as hiking and field trips for safety reasons.
- Character Connections - Scouting methods used to connect a boy's thinking, feeling, and behavior to Scouting's 12 Core Values.
- Charter - Formal permission from the Boy Scouts of America allowing a pack to organize.
- Chartered Organization - The organization (a religious, civic, fraternal, educational or other community based group) that is responsible for the pack. Monthly pack meetings are usually held in a building owned by that organization.
- Class B Uniform - Pack 358 T-Shirt and jeans/shorts worn when the scout uniform is not practical.
- Commissioner - A volunteer Scouter who works with packs and/or troops to help units succeed.
- Committee Chairman (CC) - An adult 21 years of age or older, the executive officer of the committee, that works with the Cubmaster to assure that the pack provides the Cub Scout phase of the Scouting program.
- Compass Point patch - Award earned by Webelos Scouts as they advance in the Webelos program.
- Core Values - Scouting's primary values for youth development: Citizenship, Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Faith, Health and Fitness, Honesty, Perseverance, Positive Attitude, Resourcefulness, Respect, and Responsibility.Core Values - Scouting's primary values for youth development: Citizenship, Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Faith, Health and Fitness, Honesty, Perseverance, Positive Attitude, Resourcefulness, Respect, and Responsibility.
- Council The local Scouting Organization for a specific geographic area. The country is divided into more than 200 local councils. Our council is Daniel Webster.
- Cross-Over - A ceremony where the boys move up to the next level of Cub Scouts. For the 5th grade Webelos, they "cross-over" to become Boy Scouts.
- Cubmaster (CM) - An adult 21 years of age or older, who holds this commission in a Cub Scout pack. The pack leader and Akela for the pack, serves as Master of Ceremonies during monthly pack meetings
- Cub Scout - A boy who is registered with a Cub Scout pack. Also, the reason why we're all here!!!
- Cub Scout Handshake - Used by Cub Scouts and Scouters with the right hand.
- Cub Scout Motto - "Do Your Best".
- 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.
- Cub Scout Salute - A hand salute made by Cub Scouts and Scouters with the fingers of the right hand held in position as for Cub Scout Sign,
- Cub Scout Sign - A sign made by raising the right hand straight up high over the head with the palm forward and the first two fingers wide apart in a V.
- Day Camp - Summertime fun for all Cub Scouts.
- Den - Small group of Cub Scouts who meet once a week to work on projects, learn games, songs, tricks and skits to be presented at monthly pack meeting.
- Den Chief - A Boy Scout who has been appointed to help direct the activities of a Cub Scout den.
- Den Leader (DL) - The adult on-the-scene supervisor of a Cub Scout den. A registered member of the pack who attends basic training.
- Den Meeting - Individual Den Meetings are held for each rank level of Cub Scouts. These usually occur at regular weekly intervals. Tiger, Wolf and Bear dens work on fun projects, crafts, skits, or some of their Achievements. Webelos dens use this time to work on the various Activity Badges.
- Denner - Cub Scout who helps the den leader with den and pack meetings. This is generally a rotating position so each Cub Scout may serve and learn a little about helping and leadership.
- District - An administrative arm of the council that provides service to the Scouting units (packs, etc.) within its jurisdiction. We are part of the Abnakie District.
- District Commissioner (DC) - A volunteer Scouter who is in charge of all commissioners within a district.
- District Committee - A group of registered adult Scouters responsible for carrying out the council program within their district.
- District Executive - A professional paid Scouter who works with the volunteers under the Scout Executive.
- "Do Your Best" - The Cub Scout motto.
- Elective - A part of the Cub Scout advancement program in the Wolf and Bear rank books. For every 10 electives, a Cub Scout earns an arrow point.
- Fast Start - A training program for new leaders designed to help them until they attend basic training.
- Friends of Scouting (FoS) - An annual campaign in which Scouters, and other interested people in the community, provide financial support to the local council.
- Good Turn - A distinctive feature of Scouting is its emphasis upon service to others. The Good Turn habit is one that all Scouts endeavor to acquire.
- Guide To Safe Scouting - A publication by the Boys Scouts of America detailing rules and guidelines for many activities.
- Handbook - Each level of Scouting has its own Handbook. The Handbook is ESSENTIAL for your Scout, as it spells out the requirements for advancement, as well as providing a place to record completion of the same.
- Law of the Pack -
The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.
- National BSA - Headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America, located in Irving, Texas, where the Cub Scout program is developed and literature is developed and printed.
- National Summertime Pack Award - An award earned by the pack for conducting a summer program.
- Outdoor Code - A pledge for proper outdoor conduct followed by all Cub Scouts and leaders.
- Outdoor Program - The total scope of outdoor programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America, including unit outings, camporees, Cub Scout day camps, long term Scout camps, council and national jamborees.
- Pack - The unit that conducts Cub Scouting for the chartered organization. Usually consists of 2 or more dens and conducts monthly meetings.
- Pack Committee - A committee of concerned parents and leaders, approved by the chartered organization, to administer the affairs of the pack.
- Pack Meeting - Monthly meeting of Scouts, adult leaders, committee members and parents, where Cub Scouts and adults receive recognition.
- Pinewood Derby - A pack activity that involves making and racing model cars on a track.
- Pow Wow - All day learning experience for Cub Scout leaders, covering a wide variety of subjects with some hands-on experiences.
- Program Helps - An annual publication of the BSA to help den and pack leaders plan their meetings by using monthly themes.
- Progress Toward Ranks - Diamond shaped patch to which beads are attached for recognition of achievements. A boy receives one bead for each 3 achievements. Wolf earns yellow and Bear earns red beads.
- Quality Unit Award - Recognition given each charter year to units that commit to, and meet national standards pertaining to leadership training, service, advancement, camping and membership growth.
- Rank Badges - In order, are: Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos.
- Registration - The payment of an annual registration fee. This is one of the requirements for membership of the BSA.
- Religious Awards - An award present by individual faiths to Cub and Boy Scouts for completion of a set of requirements within their respective faiths.
- Roundtable - A monthly district level meeting where den and pack leaders learn new ideas on monthly themes, receive information on district and council activities, and have a general exchange of ideas.
- Run-On - a very short skit or joke told by one or more Scouts to fill in when there is a lull in the Pack Meeting.
- School Night for Scouting - A one night event in school where boys and parents gather to learn about Cub Scouting and how they can join.
- Scouter - A registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Scout Executive - The professional staff leader of a council.
- Scout Headquarters - It contains the professionals' offices.
- Scout Shop - Where you can buy uniforms and all of your Scouting needs.
- Scouting Magazine - The official magazine sent to all registered Scouters.
- Service Star - Worn on the uniform above the left pocket to denote years of service in the Scouting program.
- Tenure - A term used to describe the length of service and membership in Scouting.
- Tiger Cub - A first grade boy registered with an adult partner in the Pack.
- Tiger Cub Totem - Paw shaped patch to which beads are attached for recognition of achievements. A boy receives one bead for each achievement. Orange, white, and black beads.
- Tiger Partner - the adult partner of a Tiger Cub, usually a family member.
- Tour Permit - Permit approved by the council for any outing that is to be taken by a group of Cub Scouts if traveling is involved.
- Two Deep Leadership - The concept of having at least two adult registered leaders at every den outing for the safety and welfare of the Cubs.
- Uniform - The distinctive feature of Scouting that quickly identifies its members.
- Unit - A term used to designate any one of the following; pack, troop, team, post, crew or ship.
- Volunteer - Individual who donates services, time, and/or funds to support the program of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Webelos Den - A group of Webelos Scouts who meet weekly under the supervision of a Webelos den leader.
- Webelos Den Leader - The adult on-the-scene supervisor of a Webelos Scout den. A registered member of the pack who attends basic training to learn how to fulfill the job of a Webelos den leader.
- Webelos Rank - A rank earned by a fourth or fifth grade boy which is part of the requirements for the Arrow of Light.
- Webelos Scout - A Cub Scout who has completed the third grade belongs to a Webelos den. He works on activities in the Webelos book.
- Webelos-to-Scout Transition - The preparation and graduation of a boy from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting.
- Wolf Rank - A rank earned by a 2nd grade Cub Scout when he completes 12 achievements in the Wolf Book.
- World Conservation Award - An award for Cub Scouts emphasizing the importance of our natural resources.
- World Crest - A badge worn by Scouts and Scouters as a symbol of commitment to the World Association of Scouting.
- World Friendship Fund - A fund to which Scouts and Scouters in the United States of America may contribute to provide material help to Scouts and Scouting around the world.
Uniform Insignia & Patches
This patch is worn by all Scouts and Leaders to signify membership of our program in the World Scouting Movement. This patch shows our brotherhood with millions of Scouts around the world.
This patch is worn centered above the left pocket in the middle between the top of the pocket and the shoulder seam.
| || US Flag Emblem |
This patch is one that you shouldn't have to sew on! Most uniforms come with the flag already attached to the right sleeve. Some previously used uniforms may have it taken off but additional ones can be purchased at the Scout Store.
The Boy Scouts of America emblem over the right pocket is also attached to uniforms when purchased.
| || Den Number Strip |
This patch indicates the number assigned to the Den for which a Scout is a member. All Scouts and Den Leaders wear this emblem as part of the uniform.
|Patrol Emblem |
Webelos Scouts (and Leaders) whose Den has chosen to use a Patrol Emblem for identification would wear the Patrol Emblem instead. There are numerous emblems available.
These emblems are worn on the right sleeve directly below the American Flag.
| || Daniel Webster Council Shoulder Patch |
This patch is worn by all Scouts and Leaders to indicate the Council that represents their Pack. Each Council develops their own design although the shape and position on the uniform are the same. Our Council is the Daniel Webster Council.
This patch is worn on the left sleeve just below the shoulder seam.
| ||Pack 358 Numerals |
This patch is worn by all Scouts and Leaders to signify membership in Pack 358. A single "358" patch is available through our Pack or it is made up of three individual numeral patches that are sewn on next to one another.
Unit numbers are worn on the left sleeve just below the council patch.
| ||Veteran Unit Bar |
AN embroidered bar worn by boys and adult leaders in packs that have been chartered twenty-five years. Worn directly below council patch, above and touching the pack numeral on the left sleeve.
Our pack has the veteran unit bar incrporated into a single patch with the pack numerals.
| ||Denner / Assistant Denner Shoulder Cord |
A Denner wears a gold double-strand shoulder cord on the left shoulder with cord suspended under arm. An Assistant Denner wears a gold single-strand shoulder cord on the same shoulder.
The cords are worn only during term of office and removed when the term is completed.
Rank Badges & Awards earned as Cubs
The first badge earned no matter what age the Cub is when he starts.
It is worn on the left pocket.
|Tiger Cub Belt Totem |
A boy receives totem beads as he completes each part:
These beads go on the first three strands of the Tiger Cub belt totem. (The fourth strand is for Tiger Track beads which signify completed electives.)
- He earns a white bead for each required 'family activity' part he completes.
- He earns an orange bead for each required 'den activity' part he completes.
- He earns a black bead for each required 'Go See It' part he completes.
It is worn on the right shirt pocket.
Tiger Cub Badge
The Tiger Cub badge is for boys who have completed all 15 parts of the five achievements, that is, five family activities, five den activities, and five Go See It outings.
It is worn on the left pocket in the bottom position of the diamond.
Progress Towards Ranks
As a Wolf, when he completes any three achievements, his den leader can present the Progress Toward Ranks patch to him. It's a diamond with a plastic thong attached and a yellow bead attached to one end. Each time the boy completes three achievements he will receive another yellow bead. After he gets his fourth yellow bead, he will receive his Wolf badge at a pack meeting.
As a Bear, red beads are presented for each three Bear achievements earned. After he gets his fourth red bead, he will receive his Bear badge at a pack meeting. Cub Scouts may continue to wear this emblem after ranks are earned until they become Webelos Scouts.
It is worn on the right shirt pocket.
|Wolf Badge |
Is earned by boys who have completed first grade, or who are eight years old and have completed the 12 Wolf achievements.
It is worn on the left pocket.
|Bear Badge |
Can be earned by boys who have completed second grade, or who are nine years old. To earn the Bear badge, a boy must complete 12 of the 24 specified achievements listed below. He can select the ones he wants to do from four different groups: God, Country, Family, and Self.
It is worn on the left pocket.
|Gold and Silver Arrow Points |
A Wolf or Bear Cub Scout can pick any requirement he likes from the electives and do it. When he has completed ten elective requirements, he has earned his first Arrow Point - a gold one. Only one gold arrow point may be earned during the Wolf year, and one during the Bear year. It is worn 3/4" below and centered under the current rank badge (Wolf and Bear) as shown above.
After earning a Gold Arrow Point, a Cub may complete ten more requirements to earn a Silver Arrow Point. Under his Wolf or Bear badge, he may wear as many Silver Arrow Points as he earns. They are worn in rows of two below, centered, and touching the Gold Arrow Point or previously earned Silver Arrow Points for each rank.
The Webelos Colors are worn on the right sleeve immediately below the US Flag
| ||Webelos Activity Badges |
Webelos activity badges are sorted into five discipline-related groups. They are the Community Group, the Mental Skills Group, the Outdoor Group, the Physical Skills Group, and the Technology Group.
Activity Badges are displayed on the Webelos Colors.
|Webelos Badge |
Is for boys who have completed third grade, or who are ten years old. The Webelos rank is the first step in a boy's transition towards a Boy Scout troop.
It is worn centered on the left pocket.
Compass Point Emblem and Compass Points
After you have earned the Webelos badge, you can earn the compass points emblem. It is awarded after you earn seven activity badges: four more in addition to the three you earned for the Webelos badge. Wear your compass points emblem attached to the button on the right pocket of your Webelos uniform shirt.
After you earn the compass points emblem, you'll receive a metal compass point for each four additional activity badges you earn. Pin these compass points on the emblem in the "E," "W," or "S" positions, in any order you choose.
Arrow of Light
After a boy has completed the fourth grade and earned the Webelos badge, the next step on the Webelos trail to becoming a Boy Scout is earning the Arrow of Light Award. This is the highest award a Cub Scout can earn, and is the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout Uniform.
It is worn centered below left pocket.
Awards Earned Outside of Rank
BSA Family Award
Work with the entire family on communication areas, outings, traditions, religion and scouting activities, while doing a Good Turn as a family.
Crime Prevention Award
The Boy Scouts of America's Crime Prevention Program assists neighborhoods and communities in their efforts to prevent crime by emphasizing youth, family, and community.
Good Turn for America
An award to encourage and record good turn projects done in our communities. As scouts participate in a Good Turn with the pack or their den, they earn the Good Turn Patch.
Youth and adult members may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired.
|Leave No Trace |
Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people to be more concerned about their environment and to help them protect it for future generations.
Leave No Trace applies in a backyard or local park (frontcountry) as much as it does in the wilderness (backcountry).
The emblem is worn as temporary patch, centered on right pocket.
Outdoor Activity Award
Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award. Each successive time the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap.
It is worn on the right pocket flap.
Cub Scouts who recruit a new Scout may be awarded and wear the Recruiter Strip/
It is worn below the right pocket.
|Rudyard Kipling Den Award |
The Award is presented by the District Advancement Committee to those Cub Scout dens who exemplify the entire true spirit and qualities of Cub Scouting.
This special award is not an individual award. It is earned by the whole den, including leaders and den chiefs. It may be earned each year in the Cub Scout’s career.
The emblem is worn as temporary patch, centered on right pocket.
| ||Universal Youth Religious Emblem |
This knot may be worn by any Scout or Scouter that completed a religious emblem program as a youth member.
All Scouts and Scouters who received a religious emblem in their youth may wear the universal youth religious emblem square knot centered above the left uniform pocket flap, if it is the only knot.
The objective of this award is to make scouts aware that "a Cub Scout knife is an important tool. You can do many things with its blades. The cutting blade is the one you will use most of the time. With it you can make shavings and chips and carve all kinds of things."
The scout must sign and carry the Whittling Chip card whenever he has his pocketknife.
| ||World Conservation Badge |
The Cub Scout version of the badge consists of a giant panda on violet Scout trefoil, violet trim, gold background The two-inch embroidered emblem is worn as temporary patch, centered on right pocket. This award can be earned only once while you are a Cub Scout.
Religious Emblems and Awards Duty to God is a key point at all levels of Scouting. “The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God and, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is that the home and organization or group with which a member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life.”
Pack 358 actively promotes the Religious Awards program within the pack. Whether your family is actively church going or faith believers, the scouting religious awards program provides an excellent program to strengthen your own faith and to promote and pass along your values to your son.
Awards are sponsored and administered through various religious institutions (Lutheran, Methodist, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and others). These activities can differ depending on the religious orientation.
Regardless of the award earned, a Cub Scout completing one of the religious awards will earn the Religious Square Knot to be worn on his Scout uniform immediately above his left pocket.
Click on any award below to access the PrayPub website where you will find contact information for each religious organization.