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Parent Involvement


Cub Scouting is a family program that depends on parent involvement. A Cub Scout Pack is just like any organization - it needs leaders, organizers and helpers to create a program that provides value, fun and safety for our kids.


Scouting is an activity which gives you a great opportunity to spend quality time with your son(s), where you partner with him in the den group to enjoy activities that build character, teach skills and knowledge, develop interests, and most of all, have fun!

Please consider your den leader as guide for you and your son along the scouting path, rather than a classroom teacher (and definitely not a babysitter!). Many activities and projects involve learning detailed skills with many steps, and is it simply not practical for the den leader to lead each scout through all those steps effectively, all at the same time.



Parent's Promise
Our Pack's Scouting program depends on volunteers to make the Scouting experience a positive and enjoyable one for each boy in the Pack. The Pack cannot function successfully without sufficient parental involvement. When you register a Scout with our Pack, you make a personal commitment to support his Scouting efforts. in many ways, such as by:

  • Reviewing the Pack's Rules of Conduct with your son.
  • Getting him to all his Den and Pack meetings on time.
  • Assisting his den leaders when they ask for help.
  • Helping him to advance in his rank.
  • Coming with him and participating in Pack meetings.
  • Volunteering some of your time or talent to make our Pack a success.

We ask each family to volunteer for a minimum of one of the following:

  • One leadership role
  • Coordinating one scout event
  • Attending one monthly planning meeting

What if I can't make it to a meeting?
 Having said that, we all have lives that get chaotic at times, so if you are not able to make it to a particular meeting, please arrange with another parent to partner with your child, and advise your den leader beforehand that this will be happening.


What if I can't make it to an outing?
Please note that the safety of our scouts is of utmost importance to the Pack 194 community, to the Western Colorado Council and the BSA as a whole. All leaders must, and all parents are encouraged to complete Youth Protection Training in order to have a complete understanding of BSA policies and guidelines in this area. In addition, Pack 194 has specific policies in place to ensure the safety of its scouts.

If neither parent is able to attend an outing and you wish for another scouting parent or other adult to be responsible for your child, that person must take full legal and medical guardianship for your child during the outing and on the way there and back. A signed copy of the Authorization For Temporary Guardianship of a Minor form needs to be provided to a scout leader before the event, or scanned and sent to pack@steamboatscouts.com. Please note that this form does not allow for a temporary guardian to sleep in a tent with a scout or scouts without a permanent legal parent/guardian being present.

Carpooling

If you plan to meet your child at the event, but need him
to be transported by another parent (carpooling), please note that the form mentioned above must still be submitted and that two responsible adults must be named on the form and be present in the car during the trip.

I know what you're thinking. I hate filling out forms too, but here's a tip: Fill out the form with all the relevant static information (leave the event-specific information, signatures and dates blank), then make a few copies of the form or scan it to your computer. That way, next time you will only have a few things to fill in.

Parent Volunteering
We are lucky to have a really great group of volunteer parents who act as leaders in Pack 194. They are all passionate about scouting and what it can provide to the boys of Steamboat. They love what they do, but without parent involvement, it can sometimes get a little overwhelming. Please consider how you might be able to volunteer some time to help the pack:

There are many ways that parents can volunteer to help the pack, from committing to an ongoing leadership role, to just helping out at a single event or outing. We ask that you consider how you could spare some time to assist our pack.

This could be as simple as:
  • managing a project at a den meeting
  • helping to prepare for, set-up, manage and/or pack up at an event
  • attending one or more of our monthly planning meetings to provide input
  • volunteering to organize an event or outing,
or it could mean an offiicial role as a leader in the pack. If you would like to consider one of these roles, please see our Open Positions page.

To learn some more about what it means to be the parent of a scout, please visit http://scoutparents.org/

Parents who volunteer need to complete a brief online course in Youth Protection Training. To do this, please complete the following steps:

1. Visit the MyScouting website, click 'Create an account' to create an account.
2. Once you're logged in, select the 'E-Learning' link, then 'Take Course' next to 'Youth Protection Training'.
3. Once you have completed the course and have your certificate, please email a copy of it to pack@steamboatscouts.com.

For more information about volunteering in scouting, please refer to these FAQs.

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