A Practical Guide to PACK 333
Chartered Organization: St. Lawrence Community United Church of Christ
Updated February 2011
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Organization of Pack 333
The Chartered Organization 3
The Pack Committee 3
The Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmasters 3
The Den Leaders 3
The Den Chiefs 4
Registered Scouters 4
District and Council 4
Monthly Pack and Den Events
Committee Meetings 4
Pack Meetings 4 - 5
Den Meetings 5
Annual Pack Events
Feller Cake Bake 5 - 6
Pinewood Derby Races 6
Raingutter Regatta Races 6
Pack Camp Outs 6
Blue and Gold Banquet 6
Scouting For Food 6
Where the Money Goes 7
Web Sites 7
Phone Tree 7
Pack Calendar 7
Scout Track. 8
Rank Progression 8 – 9
Sports and Academic Program 9
Other Awards 9
Scout Shops 10
New Leader Essentials (Required Training) 11
Leader Specific (Required Training) 11
YPT— Youth Protection Training (Required Training) 11
BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) 11
Pack Calendar 12,13 & 14
Dens & Pack Leaders 15
Welcome to Cub Scout Pack 333! Our team of leaders looks forward to getting to know your
scout and your family! Together, we can help guide and build the leaders of tomorrow… the
Cub Scouts of today!
This guide is designed to give you an overall view of how Pack 333 operates. Many of your
questions will be answered within these pages. For more detailed information on any of the
topics included here, please contact your Den Leader or the Committee Chairman. It is intended for use as an orientation guide for new parents as well as a record of pack policies and procedures. It will be an evergreen document that will evolve as the pack, our council and the Boy Scouts of America grows.
THE ORGANIZATION OF PACK 333
The Organization of Pack 333
In order for the Scouting life to function effectively, several groups of volunteers must work together. These groups are The Chartered Organization, The Pack Committee, The Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmasters, The Den Leaders, Den Chiefs, and Registered Scouters of the Pack.
The Chartered Organization
Every Cub Scout pack belongs to an organization with interests similar to those of the Boy Scouts of America. This organization, which might be a church, school, community organization, or, group of interested citizens, is chartered by the Boy Scouts of America to use the Scouting program. This chartered organization supports the leadership of the pack and provides a suitable meeting place in order to provide a healthy Scouting life for the boys under its care. Pack 333’s chartered organization is St. Lawrence Community United Church of Christ.
The Pack Committee
The Pack Committee is a group of adults who manage such things as record keeping, finances, leadership, training, and registrations.
The Cubmasters and Assistant Cubmasters
In general, the Cubmaster is the guiding hand behind the scouts and serves as program adviser of the pack meetings. The Cubmaster’s main responsibilities are to:
• Work directly with the pack trainer, Den leaders, Den chiefs, and pack committee to make sure that all dens are functioning well.
• Plan the pack programs with the help of other leaders.
• Lead the monthly pack meeting with the help of others. Involve all dens in some way. The Assistant Cubmaster helps the Cubmaster perform the above duties and stands in for the Cubmaster in his or her absence.
The Den Leaders
Den leaders must be at least 21 years old and a registered Scouter. In general, the den leaders responsibilities are as follows:
• Give leadership in carrying out the pack program in the den.
• Complete the required training for their position.
• Attend monthly leader meetings
• Encourage scouts to earn advancement awards.
• Help set a good example for the boys through behavior, attitude, and proper uniform
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A den chief is an older Boy Scout who is appointed to help direct the activities of a Cub Scout den and pack. In this way the Cub Scouts are introduced to many of the characteristics of Boy Scouting. Registered Scouters
What is a Registered Scouter? A Registered Scouter is an adult volunteer of the Boys Scouts of America. In order to become a Registered Scouter, a volunteer must complete an application and pass a background check. All Den Leaders, Committee Members, and Cubmasters are Registered Scouters.
District and Council
Each Cub Scout Pack belongs to a larger family of Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops called a District. Pack 333’s District is called Frontier. Frontier belongs to an even larger scouting family of districts called Hawk Mountain Council.
MONTHLY PACK AND DEN EVENTS
Every month the committee members meet in order to plan the pack’s upcoming events. The monthly Committee Meeting is the most critical of all meetings because this is where duties are assigned to dens, problems are discussed and resolved, and new ideas are suggested. The meeting is held at St. Lawrence UCC on the first Sunday of every month from 5:00 to 6:00pm. All committee members and den leaders are expected to attend, parents are welcome also.
Monthly Pack Meetings
Every month, all the dens (all Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos) attend a Pack Meeting. It provides a place for dens to showcase their skills and projects. It also provides opportunities for parents and families to be involved with their boys, and it is a chance to recognize boys, parents, and leaders. The Pack Meeting is typically held at St Lawrence UCC at 6pm. Scouts and siblings are not allowed to touch or play with any preschool toys and materials located in the all-purpose room. Parents must enforce this rule. One den will be scheduled to set up for the meeting. There are a number of things that take place during a Pack Meeting:
• Den Duties – Dens are assigned certain duties to perform during the Pack Meetings. Some examples of these duties are to perform a flag ceremony, opening, skit or song, set up chairs and tables for the Pack Meeting.
• Committee Sign Up Sheets – Located at the entrance will be a sheet where parents can sign up for various committees. Throughout the year, parents are needed to help with events held by the pack. All parents should sign up to help with at least one event.
• Display Tables – Scouts will have an opportunity to display items they have been working on during their den meetings. Tables will be set up in the pack meeting room for this purpose.
• Awards – Scouts will receive all their awards earned during the month prior to the pack meeting at this meeting. The awards for the entire den are handed to the Den Leader to be distributed. It is the Den Leader and parent’s responsibility to update all awards earned into Scout Track by the deadline.
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• Clean Up – All scouts and family members are expected to help put away chairs and clean up any trash or debris at the end of the meeting.
• Special Pack Meetings – Throughout the year, some pack meetings may be run a little bit differently. They will be held at a different locations which will be announced in the newsletter, on the website and at prior pack meetings
A den is a group of six to eight boys within the pack that meets typically two to three times a month between pack meetings. The den meetings are planned and run by the den leader, with the help of the assistant den leader, den chief, and/or parents. All scout functions require a minimum of two deep leadership. It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that scout functions never be led by only one adult. Two registered adult leaders or one registered adult leader and a parent of a participant, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required for all scouting events. Den meetings include playing games, making crafts, taking hikes and pursuing other outdoor fun, and taking part in simple ceremonies and songs. Oftentimes, work on advancement requirements is included. Scheduling the dates, times, and location of the den meetings will be coordinated within the den members. The church is open every Sunday from 4 to 7pm for Cub Scouts. Typically dens do not meet the same week as the Pack meeting to avoid two scout meetings in one week. Access to the church is through the double glass doors from the parking lot. Upstairs classroom are available for use and should be used by younger scouts if the Webelos scouts are using the all-purpose room. Any tables moved need to returned to their original position, trash needs to be picked up and if full taken to the dumpster. The last people to leave needs to check the bathrooms, turn off all lights and make sure doors are locked.
A Local Tour Permit can be submitted either by fax or done online.
Den Level – Den leaders are required to complete a Local Tour Permit form and fax it to the Council office two weeks in advance of any den trip. Den trips include “Go See Its” and activities at location other than the weekly den meeting location.
Pack Level – The Outings Coordinator, Camping Coordinator or Cubmaster will complete and submit a Local Tour Permit on behalf of the entire pack to participate in pack-coordinated trips. Pack trips include special pack meetings, camping and sleepovers.
ANNUAL PACK EVENTS
Feller Cake Bake – This is an event where only the males are allowed in the kitchen for some baking fun! Scouts and their dads, uncles, brothers, grandfathers, etc., bake a cake and bring it to the pack meeting designated for the Feller Cake Bake to be auctioned off. There are some rules to follow when baking such as no store bought cakes and 100% edible. During the pack meeting, the cakes are displayed on tables throughout the meeting room. There is a Chinese Auction of all the cakes registered. Awards are also given
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for outstanding cakes in a variety of categories. All funds raised help pay for pack events and awards.
Pinewood Derby- Scouts prepare for this event by building their own pinewood derby car for the races! The rules of construction must be followed when constructing the cars, or the cars will not be eligible to race. The pack holds a pinewood derby practice the night before the qualify races. Many tools, saws, and sanders will be available during the practice as well as a scale. The cars must pass inspection before racing – so follow the rules! The next day is qualifying races for each rank. The first, second and third place cars of each rank will continue on to the finals at the pack meeting. The top three winners of each rank receive ribbons! Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall. There is also a trophy awarded for “Most Creative”.
Raingutter Regatta Races – Scouts prepare for this event by
building their own sailboats to race in a raingutter. The construction of the boats must adhere to the published rules to be eligible to race. The boats are placed in the raingutters and the scouts blow the boats (without touching them) from one end of the gutter to the other.
Pack Camp Outs – Twice a year Pack 333 holds overnight Pack Camp Outs – once in the fall and once in May. The fall camp out varies from year to year (aquarium, zoo). Camping policies state that in most cases each boy is under the supervision of a parent or guardian. If a parent cannot attend, the boy’s family must make arrangements for one of the other parents attending, or for another adult relative or friend, to be a substitute at the overnighter.
Blue and Gold Banquet – The Blue and Gold Banquet is a dinner celebration for scouts and their guests. The banquet is held to honor the Anniversary of Scouting and for the Webelos II scouts to crossover to Boy Scouts. Also the other scouts who have fulfilled their requirements will receive their rank badges. Each den will perform a skit and there is a basket auction as a pack fundraiser. Every den donates a themed (movie, fishing, candy) basket for a silent auction.
Scouting For Food - Pack 333 participates in the annual “Scouting for Food” drive. Each den is assigned a designated area to deliver the food bags and to pick up the donations the next week. This is held in the first or second week of November and any scout who participates will receive a “Scouting for Food” patch. Areas normally covered for distribution are Farming Ridge, Pennsylvania Avenue, Dunham Drive.
Fundraisers—The funds raised go directly to the scouts of Pack 333 in the form of awards,
handbooks, supplies, parties, and events. The pack sells popcorn in the late summer early fall, the Feller Cake Bake is in November and there is a basket auction at the Blue & Gold Banquet.
The Annual Reharter is the process by which our pack registers for scouting and takes place
in February of each year. Pack 333’s recharter fee is $50.00. This fee pays for the following items:
One year of Pack dues - $37.00
One-year National BSA dues - $ 10.00
One year of Insurance - $ 3.00
One Full Year of Scouting Total - $50.00
Scouts who join the pack in September pay $35.00 since the scouting year is March to February.
Families with more than 2 boys registered in the pack pay for only two registration fees.
Where the Money Goes
The Cub Scout pays for his uniform and registration fees from personal funds. The pack pays
for the program needs, handbooks, pack equipment and supplies, and pack events through
membership dues and fundraisers.
The following websites can provide helpful information:
http://sites.google.com/site/frontierpack333/ - Pack 333’s official website
http://www.hmc-bsa.org/districts/frontier/index.htm - Frontier District’s official website
http://www.hmc-bsa.org/index.htm - Hawk Mountain Council’s official website
Boy’s Life – Subscription available during rechartering for $10.00
Scouting Magazine – All registered adults will receive this magazine
The pack will use a phone tree for any last minute changes to pack meetings or events. The committee chair or cubmaster will call all den leaders, which in turn will call everyone in their dens.
Located at the end of this document. The last committee meeting of the scout year (June) is typically when the calendar for the next year is planned. Some dates will be changed.
Roundtable—On the second Wednesday of each month the parents, leaders, and Committee Chairmen of Frontier District meet to plan, discuss, and educate each other about events going on in the district. This meeting is not a requirement of den leaders, but it is encouraged. The meeting is held at Oley High School cafeteria, at 7:30.
Scout Track --- scouttrack.com
The Pack subscribes to an internet-based service that makes it easy to manage the Cub Scout Pack. It replaces the achievement tracking charts and trail records in the back of Scout books as well as the spreadsheets, paper records and PC-based Pack Management packages used by Den leaders and Advancement coordinators. After a scout is registered the parent will receive an “invitation” to Scout Track from one of the Committee Members. A user ID and password created by the parent will be needed to log on to scouttrack. Once that is done the parent can see all the requirements for their son’s rank and also the belt loop/pin requirements.
Tiger - 1st Graders
Wolf - 2nd Graders
Bear - 3rd Graders
Webelos - 4th and 5th Graders
is a program for boys in the first grade and their adult partners. It allows the boy and adult to build a strong relationship with each other, the rest of the family, and with other members of the Tiger Cub’s den. The main thrust of Tiger Cubs is fun for a boy and his parents, but many of the activities are suitable for participation by the rest of the family as well. Four to eight boy/adult teams make
up a Tiger Cub Den. Activities are home centered with the family. Den meetings and “Go and See It” activities are held two to four times monthly. Tiger Cubs receive achievement awards as they complete the activities. The success of a Tiger Cub Den depends on active, enthusiastic families and a knowledgeable, well-trained den leader. (Training is provided) The Tiger Cub den leader plans and carries out a year-round program of activities for the Tiger Cub den and gives program continuity. Using the concept of shared leadership, the Tiger Cub den leader works with a different boy/adult team each month to plan meetings, “Go and See It” outings and the den’s part in the pack meeting.
Wolf and Bear Dens…
are made up of boys who are in second and third grades respectfully. When they complete third grade, they graduate to a Webelos Den. To become a Wolf Cub Scout, a boy must pass 12 achievements involving simple physical and mental skills. His parent must approve each achievement and the Den Leader keeps a record of his progress. Recognition of his achievements is given at Pack meetings. After he has earned the Wolf badge, he is encouraged to work on elective projects aimed at exciting his interest in new hobby fields as well as teaching him skills that will be
useful during his scouting years and throughout life. Bear achievements are somewhat more difficult than those for Wolf. They must complete 12 Bear achievements out of 24 in four categories.
The main purpose of the Webelos rank is to prepare boys for Boy Scouting and to graduate them into a Boy Scout Troop. The Webelos program has facets similar to the Boy Scouting program.
The Bobcat rank is earned after the Tiger rank or before any other rank. The requirements for each rank are included in the appropriate handbooks. Earning the rank for each year is the primary focus for the scouts. The scout year begins in June and ends in May.
The annual crossover is held at the May pack meeting usually at the Daniel Boone Homestead. All scouts “crossover” the bridge to their new rank. The pack will supply their new handbooks.
Tigers to Wolves
Wolves to Bears
Bears to Webelos 1
Webelos 1 to Webelos 2
Sports and Academic Program—This program is a supplemental enrichment program that complements the existing Cub Scout program. The object of the program is to help scouts learn new skills or improve those they already possess. Scouts can earn belt loops and pins in the following activities:
Art Chess Citizenship Communicating
Computers Disabilities Awareness Family Travel Geography
Good Manners Heritages Mathematics Music
Nutrition Pet Care Photography Reading & Writing
Science Video Games Weather Wildlife Conservation
Badminton Baseball Basketball Bicycling
Bowling Fishing Golf Gymnastics
Hiking Hockey Horseback Riding Kickball
Marbles Physical Fitness Skating Skateboarding
Skiing Soccer Softball Swimming
Table Tennis Tennis Ultimate Volleyball
Scouts can also earn belt loop and pins for Archery and BB Gun. However, boys can only
earn these at district or council events when they participate under BSA range-trained
supervision. (i.e., day camp, resident camp, adventure day)
Other Awards—Scouts can also earn various other awards, which are listed in their handbooks. You can also find out about more awards by talking to your den leader. Some other awards:
World Conservation Award
Leave No Trace Award
Outdoor Activity Award
All of these awards have requirements for each specific rank.
The Uniform—Each Cub Scout and Leader is expected to wear a uniform at Pack and Den meetings, as well as certain other events. Each scout and leader is required to have a “Class A” uniform and a “Class B” uniform.
“Class A” Tiger, Wolf, & Bear Uniform
Short sleeve blue uniform shirt
Hawk Mountain Council Shoulder Patch
Pack Numerals - 333
Den Numeral Strip
World Crest Emblem
Neckerchief/slide: Tiger-Orange, Wolf-Yellow, Bear-Blue
Blue belt – belt loops are only worn on the blue Cub Scout belt
“Class A” Webelos Uniform
Short sleeve khaki uniform shirt
Neckerchief and Slide Plaid with Cub Scout Slide
Olive belt with Webelos buckle
“Class B” Uniform for all Leaders and Scouts
The “Class B” uniform consists of the official Pack 333 T-shirt that will be available for sale during pack meetings for $7.00.
Army Navy Store Direct Brother
Hawk Mountain Council
Fast Start Training (required)
The program is the first step in training new leaders for their positions.
New Leader Essentials (required)
New Leader Essentials training is for all new leaders in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity
Scouting, and Venturing. It highlights the values, aims, history, funding, and methods of the
Scouting program. Once completed, it need not be taken again, even if the leader moves to a
different position or program level.
Leader Specific (required)
Leader Specific training gives a leader the knowledge and skills needed for a specific position.
Leader Specific Training is available for the following positions in Cub Scouting:
Tiger Cub Leader, Cub Scout Den Leader and Assistants, Webelos Den Leader and Assistants, Cubmaster and Assistants and Pack Committee Members.
Youth Protection Training (YPT) (required)
In addition to a thorough review of BSA Youth Protection Policies, this training develops an
increased awareness of Youth Protection issues. Every leader MUST take this course before any interaction with the scouts.
All training listed above can be taken online at:
Click on: MyScouting eLearning.
You will need to set up an account; you can still take the course without an ID number. Once you receive your membership number you can edit your profile.
Cub Scout leaders are considered trained when they have completed "This Is Scouting" and the Cub Scout Leader Specific training for their position. They can then request a “Trained” badge from the advancement coordinator.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
This training is a one-day training event that introduces parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping.
Tentative Scout Calendar for 2011-2012
Jul 11-15 Day camp
August 21st- Pack Meeting 1- 4pm North Picnic Area: start of the wreath sale
Aug 26th to Sep 5th Five below Fundraiser
Aug 29th First day of school
Aug 28th Available for den meetings
Sep 11th Committee meeting 5 pm at church
Sep 15th Scout Night
Church Available for den meetings Sep 11, 18, 25
Sep 14th roundtable OVHS
Sep 25th pack meeting location tbd rocket launch 4pm
Oct 2,9,16,23,30 church open for Den Meetings
Oct 22 and 29th Adventure Day
Oct 2 Committee meeting 5pm at church
Oct 30th Pack meeting Halloween Party 6pm at Stonersville Fire Company
Oct 22nd- Lehigh Valley Zoo for Webelos from 10-3pm forester and Naturalist
Oct 12th roundtable OVHS
Nov 24th Thanksgiving
Nov 20 Pack Meeting: Feller Cake Bake 6pm
Nov 6,13,20 Church is open for den meetings
Nov 6 Committee meeting 5pm at church
Dec 4,11 church open for den meetings
Dec 18th Pack meeting 6pm at Stonersville Fire Company
Dec 4th Committee meeting 5pm at church
Dec 14th OVHS roundtable
Jan 8,15, 22, 29 church open for den meetings
Jan 8th committee meeting at church 5pm
Jan 28th and 29th Pinewood Derby pack meeting at Stonersville Fire Company
Jan 11 roundtable OVHS
Feb 5,12,19,26 Church open for den meetings
Feb5 Committee meeting at church 5pm
Feb 18 or 25th for blue and gold
Feb 8th round table OVHS
Feb 5th Scout Sunday
March 4,11,18,25 church open for den meetings
March 4 committee meeting at church 5pm
March 25th Pack meeting Stonersville Fire Company
March 14th roundtable
April 1,15,22,29 church open den for meetings
April 1 Committee meeting 5pm at the church
April 29th Pack Meeting at Stonersville Fire Company
April 11th roundtable
May 6th Committee meeting 5pm at the church
May 20th Crossover at Daniel Boone Homestead time to be announced
May 6,13,20 church open for meetings
June 3rd Committee meeting for calendar
July 9th-13th day camp