First of all, welcome to Pack 728. We're all very glad to have your Scouts in our Pack! Here is a little intro information BSA. At the beginning, it may feel like you are drinking from a firehose of information, but don't worry! You'll figure things out very quickly and we will be here to get you started.
As always, if you have questions, concerns, comments or something bad to say, please reach out to me. We are very open to advise, opinions and feedback. Also, we can enlighten you on anything you wonder about because we have been in your shoes before. We were new once too!
Step 1 - Apply! If you are new you can apply online HERE or if you are currently in Cub Scouts, we will need to transfer you into our troop, so please click here to print the Youth Application and bring it to the next meeting.
Step 2 - Please complete the BSA Annual Medical Form with your child's medical records with the Pack. Please attach a copy of the shot record and a copy of their insurance card (front & back)
Step 3 - Come to the meetings! When the Pack comes together as a whole, we meet in the West Room on the third Tuesday of the month. The individual Dens meet separately at times that work for the smaller groups of kids and families.
Step 4 - Go to the Scout Shop and get your child's uniform and handbook. <- click the link for detailed information. If you need financial assistance, please let me know privately. The Scout Shop staff will help you find all of the uniform parts to ensure your child is in full uniform. Hats are optional.
We have Pack Committee meetings once a month in conjunction with the Pack Meeting and they are open to all parents. If you want to join the Committee, please ask for a membership application.
Never be afraid to ask questions! We were all new once!!!
What Every Scout Learns First
The first award a new Tiger through Webelos Scout earns is the rank of Bobcat. The requirements are listed here:
1. Learn and say the Scout Oath, with help if needed.
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.
2. Learn and say the Scout Law, with help if needed.
A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
3. Say the Cub Scout Motto.
Do Your Best
4. Show the Cub Scout Sign. Tell what it means.
Make the V-sign with your right hand and with your arm held straight up. The two fingers stand for the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. They look like wolf’s ears ready to listen to Akela. In Cub Scout packs, Akela (pronounced Ah-KAY-la) means "Good Leader". Akela is a symbol of wisdom, authority, and leadership. Akela is anyone who acts as a leader to the Scout. Akela can be a Cubmaster, Den Leader, parent or teacher depending on where the guidance takes place. In den meetings, it is the Den Leader who is Akela. During pack meetings it is the Cubmaster. At home, the parents fill this role. Give the Cub Scout Sign when you say the Scout Oath or Scout Law.
5. Show the Cub Scout Handshake. Tell what it means.
Using your right hand, place your fist two fingers along the inside of the other scout’s wrist. This means that you help each other remember and obey the Scout Oath and Law.
6. Give the Cub Scout Salute. Tell what it means.
Point your first two fingers of your right hand out straight and close together. Touch the tip of the fingers to your hat or, if not wearing a hat, to your eyebrow. A salute is a way to show respect. When you salute the flag, you show that you respect your country.
7. Parent protection for your child
Each parent or adult partner must complete the exercises in the booklet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse. This booklet can be found in the front of the scout handbook or at https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/100-014_WEB.pdf