You’ve signed your boy up for Cub Scouts, so now what?
This series will hopefully help you thru the first few steps of getting connected with your den leader, explain what a den leader is (as well as all of the other core scouting lingo) and what you and your scout can expect for meetings and pack adventures.
First thing to check off is registration. Have you been given a BSA Youth Application Packet to fill out yet? If you have not received a BSA Youth Application Packet yet, you can ask any Pack Leader for a copy at a meeting or you can download a PDF copy with the link below. Ideally you will want to fill out a hard copy received from one of our pack leaders as it will have a Local Council Form and a second page that is a carbon copy that is for our Local Unit (Pack 59). Make sure you fill out and return both the Council & Unit copies from the PDF form to your Den Leader, Cubmaster (Randy Downer), Treasurer (Katie Blanton) or Pack Registrar (Josh Huggins). Once we have your scout’s Youth Application, we can finish registering both you and your scout and get you in communication with your Den leader.
We have several methods of communication for our pack which you will be invited to join once we have received your scouts BSA Youth application.
Scoutbook: (Progress Tracking) Scoutbook is how you, your Scout & Den Leader record your scout’s progress throughout scouting. Den Leaders should record any progress made during Den or Pack meetings. Any electives or at home projects will need to be recorded by you and your scout on Scoutbook. It’s a pretty simple and straight forward system to use on your smart phone, tablet or computer’s web browser. We are hoping in the future that Scoutbook will handle more of our calendar and event needs replacing Shutterfly, but that functionality is not quite ready for prime time.
Shutterfly: (Event coordination) Once we have received your scout’s completed Youth Application, you will receive an email with an invitation to join our Pack’s Shutterfly page.
Facebook: (Photo Sharing, Brainstorming) This is the place to share your favorite photos and memories of all our awesome events and activities as well as to be used for different discussion topics. For privacy reasons, this group is for members of Pack 59 and their parents/guardians only. Only the email address used to fill out the BSA Youth Application (or Adult Application for leaders) will be sent an invite. Additional parent or legal guardians can be given access by requesting an invite via your den leader.
Remind 101: (Event Texting) Remind 101 is a texting service we use to stay in touch with the pack for general announcements and keeping in touch while on large group outings. Generally 2-3 a month. Your welcome email will have the connection information.
Youth Protection Training (YPT)
Youth Protection Training is the most important part of our leadership training. Keeping our kids safe is always at the forefront in all Scouting events. All leaders and parent volunteers are required to complete YPT before volunteering with den and pack events. YPT provides simple, easy to remember, easy to apply, common sense methods of keeping scouts and adults accountable, informed, and safe. It covers a range of topics including reporting issues with both scouts and leaders, physical safety, bulling, adult and scout physical boundaries and child abuse. While parents and guardians are not required to complete YPT, it is HIGHLY recommended that they do so they know exactly what is expected from our leaders and scouts, and some of the signs to watch for should something arise. We have not had any issues at all in our pack but we want to make sure everyone uses the old Boy Scout Motto of ‘Being Prepared’. We want to make sure we are all on the same page so we can all help each other to follow YPT to the letter.
A Few Core Scouting Terms
Den: The small group of cubs that will meet together on a regular basis (usually once a month)
Pack: When all of our Dens get together that’s what forms our Pack! A large group consisting of 5 different ranks / ages (Kinder – 5th grade)
San Joaquin District: Our smaller local governing body
Sequoia Council: Our larger local governing body
BSA: Boy Scouts of America, national organization
Pack 59’s Charter Organization: Clovis Elks Lodge # 2599
Class A Uniform – http://www.bsauniforms.org
Your Scout’s Class A uniform is an important part of the scouting program. It helps the scout have a sense of belonging to our group of scouts. The items for your scout Class A uniform are:
Required: Shirt, Belt, Neckerchief, Slide, Badges (World Scout Crest, Council Shoulder Patch, Unit Numbers (59)
Optional: Hat, 1910 World Crest Ring Emblem
- Get the belt and shirt a bit large if possible to make them last thru the cub scouting program as your scout grows.
- You can get a belt with a buckle that has the Cub Scout Symbol on so you don’t have to buy a new rank specific one each year if you want to save a little money.
- Sew on the badges and patches vs. glue as they will last longer. If you don’t have sewing machine that can sew thru the thick badges you can take them to a local shop. We have been using Sew-N-So Alterations @ 1785 Herndon Ave Ste 106 with good results. Recommend taking a print out of where the badges should go with your uniform. There are examples in the link above or in the back of the handbook.
Class B Uniform
Any Scouting related shirt can be used for your Class B shirt. We have Pack 59 shirts that can be purchased at Pack Meetings. They currently $10 (as of 8-30-2017)
Handbooks: A scout’s handbook is one of his most important items. His handbook has all of the requirements and activities needed to progress in each rank and well as being the official way a scout is supposed to keep track of their scouting progress. You can get your scouts rank specific hand book for 12.99 or spiral handbook for 18.99.
You can pick up your uniform and gear at the Sequoia Council Scout Shop or order online at http://www.scoutstuff.org. The local Sequoia Council Scout Shop has a great staff who is always super helpful in making sure you get what you need.