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Downloading PackMaster - the database that stores all of our awards

posted Dec 28, 2011, 7:57 PM by Pack 180CT

See document that gives instructions on downloading and setting up packmaster.

Awards - How to process awards for your Den

posted Dec 28, 2011, 7:20 PM by Pack 180CT

Open attached word document

Pack Swim Night

posted Mar 31, 2011, 6:45 PM by Pack 180CT   [ updated Mar 31, 2011, 6:50 PM ]

1. Contact Bill Engel (Glastonbury's aquatics director at 652-7679)
2. Pick night for the event. Most likely a Thursday night is good(2011).  The cost would be $2 per child and $3 per adult. 
3. Send email to the pack
4. Show up and swim
5. Count the number of participants at the end
6. Pay pool attendant

Sample email:

Thursday night, March 24th – SWIM WITH THE CUB SCOUTS from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Glastonbury High School Pool.  Have fun and work toward your swimming belt loop or Aquanaut activity badge.  The Pack will cover the cost for the night, but if you have an annual pool pass, please bring it to save the Pack the charge


Please R.S.V.P. "insert name and email here"

Pine Wood Prep

posted Jan 11, 2011, 8:39 PM by Pack 180CT   [ updated Jan 11, 2011, 8:46 PM ]

Take the latest roster, verify the roster with each individual leader to ensure that the scouts are still active and then pre-assign numbers for every scout.   

Skip duplicate double digit car numbers like 55, 66, 77, etc since the car kits only have one of each number.

Reserv all non-duplicate double digit numbers for scouts and siblings (1-99, excepts dupes) for uniform car number marking and tell them to put numbers on the hood.  We can start race sponsor numbering at 100, and we purchased labels or some other uniform marking for three digit sponsor car numbers

Order extra bases in the past when ordering the trophies.  These are used for the stands that are given to the sponsor.  If that is still the plan you may want to consider an order somewhere less than we had ordered in the past.

For example order 25 ea. Of the following. 2 in x 3 in x 3/4 in white porcelain bases, with brass plate inscribed as follows;



On race day we needed a good way to align the trophy with the dens so that we could make the distribution of trophies extremely efficient.

Flag Ceremony

posted Oct 16, 2010, 7:10 AM by Pack 180CT   [ updated Oct 16, 2010, 7:58 AM ]

Prep: Put flag stands at front of room and put flags at back of room or wherever the Color Guard (CG) will start. For younger boys who may not be able to hold the weight, unscrew flag so that they only carry the flag portion.

Opening Ceremony

Cubmaster:Prepare to present the Colors.
Scout:Will the audience please rise for the presentation of the colors.
Colorguards advance.

(Colorguards advance the flags as per diagram above. American flag should be held a little higher than the State and Pack flags. Flagbearer in front - flag guard behind. American flag crosses first followed by the State and Pack flags. As American flag approaches, the scout says:)
Cub Scout Salute.
(After the American flag passes, scout says:)
(Everyone drops their salute. When Colorguards are in position at flag standards, scout says:)
Prepare to post the colors.
(Colorguards place the end of the pole in the standard, but do not insert the pole)
Post the colors.
(Colorguards place poles in standard)
Will the audience please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Cub Scout Salute.
All:(Recite the Pledge of Allegiance)
(Salute is dropped)
Will the audience please join me in the Cub Scout Promise.
(Cub Scout Sign)
All:(Recite the Cub Scout Promise)
Scout:Will the audience please join me in the Law of the Pack.
(Cub Scout Sign)
All:(Recite the Law of the Pack)
Scout:Colorguards return to posts. The audience may be seated.
(Colorguards return to their seats. Scout turns to Cubmaster and salutes. Cubmaster returns the salute and dismisses the Scout. Scout returns to his seat)

Retiring the Colors

Cubmaster:Prepare to retire the Colors.
Scout:Will the audience please rise for the retiring of the colors.
Colorguards front and center.
(Colorguards leave their den position and approach the Scout. Colorguards salute the Scout and Scout returns the salute. Then the Scout says to Colorguards:)
Prepare to retire the colors.
(Colorguards approach their respective flags and grasp the poles. Scout says:)
Retire the colors. Cub Scout salute.
(Colorguards take the colors and walk straight to the back of the auditorium. They do not cross! American flag first. When the flags are in the rear of the audience, Scout says:)
(Salute is dropped. Scout turns to Cubmaster and salutes. Cubmaster returns the salute and dismisses the Scout. Scout returns to his seat. Cubmaster ends the meeting)

Tour Permit

posted Oct 4, 2010, 7:41 PM by Pack 180CT   [ updated Oct 4, 2010, 7:58 PM ]

If you are going on a day trip:
Make sure you have two leaders listed with youth protection training that are going on the event.  You will need their date of birth and the date they completed youth protection training.
If you are going overnight:
You need a leader with Baloo Training (you will need their dob and the date of their training) as well as the two leaders with youth protection training.
For all:
A member of the committe (PackMaster, Committee Chair, etc)  needs to sign the form. 
The Car Insurance section only needs to be filled out if parents are not driving their own child.
The form should then be filed with the Council office in East Hartford.  You will get the form stamped and they will keep a part of the form and you will keep part of the form.  You may be able to fax them a copy if you cannot get to the office contact them directly for instructions.
A copy of the tour permit is attached with the most generic of our pack information filled in.

For New Webelos Leaders

posted Jul 24, 2010, 2:22 PM by Pack 180CT   [ updated Jul 24, 2010, 2:25 PM ]

It aint easy being a Webelos.  As Scouts enter Webelos they are closer to being Boy Scouts than Cub Scouts.  Do not be fooled into thinking of your kids as Big Bears, they are actually little Boy Scouts.  If we miss this fact, then we stand a great chance of losing them before they even have a chance to cross over to Boy Scouts.  Webelos is a time for these boys to start to move away from the Adult led program, and start to take on more of the responsibility themselves.  We lose 70% of Scouts between Webelos I and Boy Scouts.  What worked for our Bears will not work for Webelos.  Here are some great ideas to help make your program succesful..
  1. Attend Webelos Den Leader training before you start your program.
  2. Understand, believe in, and always use the Guide to Safe Scouting - always
  3. In the spring while your scouts are Bears, talk to the current Webelos leaders for ideas, suggestions, and advice.
  4. Start your program in May or June for fourth grade Webelos to get all of them to Arrow Of Light and have opportunities to try every activity badge.
  5. Plan ahead - make a schedule for the next 20 months, which activity badge for each month.
  6. Remember the 5th grade program ends at the Blue and Gold dinner- they transition to Boy Scouts at that time.
  7. Share the load - have a sign-up sheet so every parent can lead one or two activity badges.
  8. Have a Parent Meeting at the start of the program to explain differences between Cub Scouts, Webelos, and Boy Scouts and what you expect of them. Get help if you need it for this meeting.
  9. From the very start of the program, expect the boys to become Boy Scouts. Never say 'if', always say 'when' and keep them looking forward to being in a troop.
  10. Have a Patrol Den meeting at Giddeon Wells School.  This is where both of the Boy Scout Troops meet.
  11. Plan outdoor badges like Naturalist and Outdoorsman to fall in prime outside seasons. Artist, Family Member, .. can be done more easily indoors.
  12. It is important that boys experience camping before joining Boy Scouts. Start early to get boys ready for camping. Have backyard campouts.
  13. A parent must be with a Webelos scout on all campouts, but the scouts can do all the work.
  14. Keep the program going during the summer between 4th and 5th grade.
  15. Fun summer activities like backyard campouts or campfires, hikes, swimming will give scouts a good taste of what to expect in Boy Scouts.
  16. Encourage scouts to attend Webelos Camp before 4th and 5th grades.
  17. Help scouts create duty rosters and menus for campouts. Healthy meals during Boy Scout camping is one of the bigger challenges so making the habits now is good.
  18. Plan a service project for school, church, or community each summer.
  19. Start presenting the requirements for 'joining Boy Scouts' early in the program and continually until they finish.
  20. Keep your program outdoors as much as possible - a little rain or snow won't kill you.
  21. Employ experts to present skills for more excitement and value, for example a retired Forest Ranger for Forester or Paramedic for Readyman.
  22. Using a trained Den Chief from a local troop gives the scouts great exposure to what a Boy Scout is - get one!
  23. Attend the Roundtable meetings to pick up information and ideas from others.
  24. Meet the Scoutmasters of local troops. Arrange some visits for your scouts to see the Boy Scouts in action. Troop 540 or Troop 156
  25. Work together on requirements to earn the Webelos badge. Try to have all scouts earn it and receive it at one pack ceremony.
  26. After reaching the Webelos badge, transition to individual progress. Each scout is responsible for completing a badge, not all together as a den.
  27. Make the scouts more and more responsible for the program, from leading games, to leading entire meetings, to planning the upcoming month's outings. As Boy Scouts, they will plan and execute their entire program.
  28. Become thinking as a Patrol rather than a Den once everyone earns their Webelos badge. This is a good time to transfer to tan uniforms. The patrol also chooses a patrol name, emblem patch, patrol yell, and makes a patrol flag. These are all things they'll do in Boy Scouts too.
  29. Proper insignia placement on the tan uniform is important - it will carry over to Boy Scouts.
  30. Present EVERY activity badge. Get another adult to lead those that require different skills than what you have.
  31. Offer a hike at least every other month.
  32. Teach how to safely camp, and have the scouts CAMP often.
  33. Teach how to safely cook, and have the scouts COOK often. Healthy, tasty, hot food is critical to success in scouting.
  34. Teach how to safely use knives, and have the scouts USE them often. Every scout should have his Whittling Chip card.
  35. Teach how to safely build fires, and have the scouts BUILD them often. A scout should build all campfires and you should have many fire-building contests.
  36. Encourage inactive parents to participate. A successful scout needs the support of his parents.
  37. Buy a Boy Scout Handbook for your reference, and to make your Webelos drool.
  38. Ask a Boy Scout troop representative (scout and adult) to come to your den and tell you all about Boy Scouts. Troop 540 or Troop 156
  39. Work with your Cubmaster to ensure a good AOL ceremony with Order of the Arrow participants.
  40. Know which troops your scouts are going to so the Scoutmaster can be at the ceremony. Contact the Scoutmaster well before the ceremony and ask him to attend.

For New Wolf Cub Leaders

posted Jul 24, 2010, 2:19 PM by Pack 180CT

Starting off as a new Wolf Cub Den Leader is both rewarding and challenging and so we put this Roadmap together to help make it easy.

Step 1: Kick-Off and Step 2: Prep for First Den Meeting

Step 3: First Den Meeting

  • Here is an agenda which you can use at your Den Meetings.

Step 4: First Pack Meeting

  • Look here for details on the Pack Meetings

Step 5: Recognition and Advancement

 After the above steps, you will be well on your way so have fun, share great ideas and thanks again for being a key part of Pack 180!

Wolf Cub Advancement

posted Jul 24, 2010, 2:18 PM by Pack 180CT

Refer to attachments...

Tiger Cub Advancement

posted Jul 24, 2010, 2:11 PM by Pack 180CT

  1. Know 3 things for the Immediate Recognition Award/Totem (page 16 in TC Handbook)
  2. Complete 8 things for the Bobcat Badge (page 29)
  3. Complete 5 Achievements for Tiger Cub Badge (page 35)
White=Family activity
Orange=Den activity
Black= Go-See-It activity
Beads are awarded for completing 2 types of activities:
  1. Achievements (required) and
  2. Electives (optional)

They can earn a total of 15 beads for completing the 5 Achievements (1 white, 1 orange and 1 black for each Achievements), these are required.  They can also get a yellow bead for doing optional Electives.

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