Parent Orientation

It can be a little overwhelming for parents new to Scouting so we’ve built this page to put all the most important information in one place.  If you still have questions, just contact any of the leadership and we’ll be glad to help.

Cub Scouting Parents’ Quick Start Guide

  1. Youth ApplicationJoin now online, or your committee chair can provide you a hardcopy application.  Just fill it out and give it back to the committee chair.
  2. Dues and Boy’s Life Subscription – Yearly dues are $150 per youth.  A subscription to Boy’s Life is optional and costs $12.  Opting out of popcorn sales is also optional and costs $50.  Provide a check payable to “Boy Scouts of America – Pack 340” to the Treasurer.
  3. Contact Information – Provide the best phone number and email address by which to contact you when submitting your dues payment to the Treasurer.  There’s a form to make this simple.
  4. Email List Subscriptions – There are a number of email distribution lists used by the Pack to communicate with its members.  Join the Pack and your associated Den email lists.
  5. Subscribe to Calendars – Use the Calendar menu item at the top of this page to see what’s going on. You can filter by Pack and Den.
  6. SCOUTBOOK – Once your application is processed, you will receive a SCOUTBOOK account to track your scout’s experience and instructions will be emailed to you.
  7. Buy Uniform – You can purchase what you need online at www.scoutstuff.org or support your local Scouting shop or from other boys in the pack, on eBay, Craigslist, Goodwill, etc.  You’ll need the following:
    • Uniform shirt – Get it large enough so that your Scout can wear it throughout Elementary School
    • Pants or Shorts (optional).  If you buy pants you may want the kind that convert to shorts.
    • Council shoulder patch
    • Den number – Contact your Den Leader for this information
    • Pack number – You son will be in Pack 340
    • World crest
    • Neckerchief
    • Neckerchief slide
    • Hat
    • Den Book (Tiger for 1st grade, Wolf for 2nd grade, Bear for 3rd grade, Webelos for 4th and 5th grade)
  8. Introduce Yourself – Reach out to your Den leader (If there is one already) and your Cubmaster.  Find out when your Den meetings will be.  Contact us.
  9. Attend Pack Meetings – They are on every 2nd Thursday of the Month in the Guadalupe Cafeteria at 7:00pm.  Look for details in the Monthly Newsletter.
  10. Attend Den Meetings – You Den leader will send announcements to the Den email list.  You can also contact your Den leader for details.
  11. Volunteer – The more a Scout’s parent gets involved, the more fun the Scout has and they more they get out of it.  Contact any of the committee members to volunteer.

Contacts

There are a variety of options for making contact.

  • Email the Pack 340 committee members or various distribution lists using the addresses listed on our Contact us page.
  • Call your Cubmaster, Jake Gipson at 408-269-2606
  • Call your Committee Chair, Don Marselle at 408-927-7603

Your Son, Scouting, and You

Scouting…An Aid To Parents

As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be person of worth, a self-reliant, dependable and caring individual.  Scouting has these same goals in mind for him.  Since 1910 we’ve been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, good citizenship, and physical fitness in youth.

Scouting is family values!  At the same time Cub Scout-age boys don’t join Scouting just to get their character built.  Boys join because it is fun.

Scouting Is Fun With A Purpose!!!

With all of the negative influences in today’s society, Scouting is there to provide your son with a positive peer group and a program that is fun and adventurous and helps him to “BE PREPARED” to shape his own future.

The Cub Scout Program

First Grade

Tiger Cubs Motto:  “Search, Discover, Share”

Tiger Cubs is a one-year program for 1st grade boys.  Each boy participates with an adult (preferably a parent) in family-oriented activities ranging from family camping to preparing for emergencies.

The time you and your son spend in Tiger Cubs is meant to be fun, a chance to get to know one another better, and do things with your family as well as members of your Tiger Cub Den.

2nd Through 5th Grade

Cub Scout Motto:  “Do Your Best”

Cub Scouting is a home and neighborhood centered program designed to support family life for boys 2nd through 5th grades.

Each Cub Scout learns to respect his home, country, God, and other people.  The program also helps boys this age to:

  • Learn new physical skills through sports, crafts, and woodworking.
  • Learn how to get along with others through games and team activities.
  • Develop new mental skills such as writing and calculating.
  • Develop personal independence.

In a society where your son is often taught that winning is everything, Cub Scouting teaches him to “Do His Best” and be helpful to others as expressed in the Cub Scout Motto and Promise.

A Cub Scout den can provide your son with a group of boys his own age where he can earn status and recognition.  There he will also gain a sense of personal achievement for the new skills he learns.

Your Boy is a Member of a Den

a. A Den has four to eight boys.

b. Meets regularly once a week at the leaders convenience.

c. Led by a Den Leader (usually a parent).

d. A Den Leader is often assisted by an Assistant Den Leader, a Den Chief (an older Boy Scout) and a Denner (a Cub Scout elected by den members).

e. Den Meetings have games, crafts, stunts and ceremonies.

Your Boy is a Member of a Pack

a. Made up of one or more Dens.

b. Meets once a month–all Cub families are expected to participate.

c. A Pack Meeting is led by the Cubmaster.

d. Pack Meetings are the climax of the month’s Den Meetings and activities.

e. Pack Meetings have games, skits, stunts, songs, ceremonies, and presentation of badges that boys earned that month.

The Pack Is Run By A Pack Committee

a. Made up of Den Leaders, Pack Leaders and all parents.

b. Meets once a month.

c. Led by a Committee Chairman.

d. Committee plans Den and Pack Meetings around the monthly theme.

e. Committee selects leadership, finds meeting places, performs record keeping, manages Pack finances, orders badges, maintains Pack equipment, helps train leaders, and recognizes leaders.

Pack Is Owned By The Chartered Organization

a. Chartered Organizations include schools and parent-teacher organizations interested in youth.

b. The Chartered Organization approves leadership, secures a meeting place, keeps Pack within sponsor’s and Boy Scout guidelines and policies.

c. The Chartered Organization selects a representative from the organization to be the liaison between the Pack and the Organization.

The Advancement Plan

The responsibility of a boy’s advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the family and not with the Pack.  Some advancement requirements are done at Den Meetings, but most are done at home with the family.

Bobcat.  All boys, regardless of age, earn the Bobcat Badge first.  This is achieved by learning the Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack, handshake, salute, sign, motto, and meaning of “WEBELOS”.  After receiving the Bobcat Badge, the boys work on requirements based on their grade level.

Tiger Cubs. First-grade boys join a Tiger Cub den, where each boy works with an adult partner on the requirements to earn his Tiger Cub badge.

Wolf Cub Scouts. Second-grade boys graduate into a Wolf den. They go to weekly den meetings on their own, but their families still help them work on the requirements for the Wolf badge.

Bear Cub Scouts. Boys in the third grade are members of a Bear den. They also work with their families to do the requirements for the Bear badge, but boys this old have enough knowledge and skill to take on more of the work by themselves.  For every ten electives a boy completes, he earns an Arrow Point.  A boy may earn as many Arrow Points as he desires.

Webelos Scouts. Boys in the fourth and fifth grades become Webelos Scouts. Webelos Scouts do more advanced activities to get ready to graduate into Boy Scouting.  The boy works on requirements for the Webelos Badge, 20 Activity Badges, and the Arrow of Light Award (the highest award in Cub Scout­ing).  Camping and outdoor programs are an important part of the 19-month Webelos pro­gram.  In February of a Webelos Scout’s 5th grade year, he graduates from Cub Scout­ing into the adventures of Boy Scouting at an impressive graduation ceremony.  Every boy deserves an opportunity to be a Boy Scout!

Websites

Boy Scouts of America – The BSA organization runs a number of programs, one of which is the Cub Scouts program for youths in grades 1st through 5th.  Their website has lots of valuable generalized information about Cub Scouts and is a great resource for Scouts, parents, leaders, and volunteers.

Pack 340 – That’s where you are now.  It’s our own special place on the web packed with information about the our Pack.  You’ll find a calendar of activities, pages with details about upcoming events, contact information, and more.

SCOUTBOOK – This site is a tool used by the Pack to track Scout advancement progress.  To use the site, you will need to establish an account first.