How active will we have to be as parents with
We expect all parents to be
involved. You can help by serving on our pack committee (we have several
jobs available), as a volunteer for one of our many activities, or as a den
leader or assistant leader for your son's den. The pack will provide
training for any position you select and experienced leaders will always be
available as a resource to help you. The more involved you are, the more
your son will get out of the program. If your son is a Tiger Cub, one
parent will be required to attend each den and pack meeting in order for your
son to be able to participate.
We are very involved in sports and other family
activities and don't feel like we can do everything. Does this mean my son can't
be a Scout?
We welcome your son's involvement
at any level of commitment he and you can make. If sports is a big part of
his life, you'll be pleased to learn that many of his sports activities can
qualify for advancement and other awards in the Cub Scouting program. All
we ask is that you let your den leader know in advance that you won't be able to
make a meeting or activity so that they don't expect you to come. You will
be required to pay the registration fee and meet all of the other requirements
for the program, including the uniform guidelines.
How early can I drop
my boy off before the meeting? What if I'm busy and can't pick him up exactly
when the meeting ends?
Please, Please, PLEASE!
Make sure you understand this: WE ARE NOT RUNNING A BABY SITTING SERVICE!!!
BSA doesn't stand for Baby Sitters of America. This is
not someplace where you can drop your children off for an hour or so while you
run some errands. Scouting is a family program. You will be expected to stay at
the meeting with your son and help him out if you can in any way possible, along
with the other parents, to make your sons den run smoothly. Pack meetings are
for the whole family.
What about spring
break and other holidays? Do you still have Cub Scout meetings?
Here is the Rule of Thumb: If the
school is closed for the day due to holiday or weather, we don't meet. If school
closes early for weather, we don't meet. We have taken into consideration with
the aide of the School Calendars (both Blessed Trinity's and the Public School)
along with the Parishes' calendars to have the least amount of conflict with
these schedules when developing the yearly Pack schedule. There is always a
chance that planning so far ahead of time can bring unforeseen conflicts and we
adjust those dates occasionally as they arise. You will be notified of those
days as we get them, or simply look on our scouting calendar here on our
Where do you get the
Cub Scout leaders?
The leadership of this Cub Scout
Pack is made up of volunteer parents and adults (like YOU!) who want to be
involved in their son's growth and formative years. We are not paid to do this.
We think enough of our boys and their friends that we want to provide the best
possible opportunity for them to become upstanding citizens of their community.
We need both registered and unregistered adult participation volunteering to
help with the success of our Cub Scouting Program. Talk to any of our Pack
leadership if you would like to become a registered adult leader, otherwise
please sign up to help by checking out our
Pack 042 Volunteering
Needs and contacting the Cubmaster with your interest.
Why do all scouts and adult leaders wear
The Boy Scouts of America has
always been a uniformed body. We uniform because it is a means of
identifying ourselves openly with the principles to which we are committed:
character development, citizenship, values, physical and mental fitness.
The uniform is not intended to hide our individuality. It is a bond which ties
millions of scouts throughout the United States. It is a way of making visible
our commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country, and to helping other
people. Uniforms may be bought at the
How are Cub Scouts organized?
The Pack is a group made up of
several dens. The Pack includes not only the boys in those dens, but also
their families, and their leaders. The Packs meets once a month with Cub Scouts,
leaders, parents and other family members attending. The Pack meeting is
the climax of the month's den meetings and activities. It gives the dens
something to look forward to and work toward. This is a chance to
recognize the boys, their parents, and their leaders. In addition to its
regular meetings, the Pack sponsors certain special projects. These include
community projects (e.g., Adopt a Highway trash pickup days), outdoor activities
(e.g., field trips, family campouts, etc.), fund raising activities, and fun
competitions (e.g., Pinewood Derby). The Cubmaster is an adult volunteer
who serves as master of ceremonies at all Pack meetings and leads Pack
activities of all kinds. Pack Leadership positions may be held by women or
men. The Pack Committee is a group of adult volunteers who plan the Pack
program and individual activities as well as managing such things as record
keeping, finance, leadership recruitment, and registration. The Pack Committee
meets monthly and meetings are open to any interested parent. A Cub Scout
Pack is divided into small groups of boys called dens, who meet weekly under the
direction of adult Den Leaders. The Den Leaders are trained parent
volunteers. The den allows boys to get to know each other better and
engage in activities that would be difficult in a larger group. Sometimes
work on advancement requirements is included, but most of that work is
accomplished by the boys with their parents. The Den Leaders may ask for
special help occasionally from parents (helping with a meeting, sharing a
special skill, or just providing a snack for the boys). Dens are organized
by rank. Ranks are organized by grade and age: · Tiger Cub Dens (1st
grade) · Wolf Dens (2nd Grade) · Bear Dens (3rd grade) · Webelos Dens (4th & 5th
What is a Charter Organization?
A Charter Organization is the
sponsoring organization for a Cub Scout pack, usually a church, PTA, homeowners'
association or other community group. The primary responsibilities of the
Charter Organization are to select the leadership of the pack and provide a
meeting place. Each year, the pack must renew its Charter with its local
council. The Charter Organization must approve the re-chartering application in
order for the Charter to be renewed. To see Pack 042's affiliations check out
the About Us & Contact Us page