Cub Scout Pack 118 is made up of first grade through fifth grade boys, mostly from Redding CT and surrounding area schools. The organization of the pack is very standard for Cub Scout packs. Boys meet in small groups (dens) of 5 to 10 boys. Each den has an adult leader, and consists of boys in the same grade. First graders are Tiger Cubs, second graders are Wolf Cubs, third graders are Bear Cubs, and fourth and fifth graders are Webelos.
Pack 118, together with 26 other Cub Scout packs, 25 Boy Scout troops and 9 Venturing Crews make up the Scatacook District . The Scatacook District is one of 7 subdivisions of the Connecticut Yankee Council . There are over 300 councils in the United States.
Each Cub Scout pack is sponsored by an organization. Our chartered organization is the West Redding Volunteer Fire Department. The chartered organization provides a representative who is the liaison between the pack and the organization.
The pack is run by the Pack Committee, which is headed by the Committee Chairman. In Pack 118, all adult leaders are committee members. The Committee meets once every other month to plan pack meetings and other pack activities. Parents are always welcome at these meetings.
The Cubmaster is in charge of the pack meetings and reports to the Committee. The Cubmaster is the face of the Pack, and is responsible for the program of the pack. The Den Leaders are the ones who do the majority of the work, and who have the most fun. All adult leaders must attend Youth Protection and Cub Scout Leader Basic Training, a one-day training course organized by the council (now offered online as well.) Den Leaders plan and organize den meetings, keep track of the boys' advancements, and attend leaders meetings (Committee meetings). Den Leaders should try to engage the parents in the den meetings to the greatest extent possible, both to make the Den Leader's job easier and to increase the boys' enjoyment. Cub Scouting is a family activity, and den meetings are a great place for family involvement. The Den Leader can go to the Cubmaster, the Pack Committee, or the Pack Trainer for advice and assistance.
Parents play an important role in the pack. The leaders will do their best to provide a quality program, but all the leaders in Pack 118 are volunteers and have many other obligations. We depend on parents to help provide the good program we have. We ask every parent to help the pack in some capacity. You should take your share in organizing den meetings, working with the den leader of your son's den. In addition, you should help with at least one pack activity a year (e.g. Pinewood Derby or a campout). A parent should attend the pack meetings together with the Cub Scout. Every handbook for boys has a parent guide at the beginning. We also have a child protection video tape which you can watch together with your boy. There are no secrets in Cub Scouts; parents are welcome in any organizational meetings of the pack, district or council.
Den meetings: Most dens meet bi-weekly, (except when there is a pack meeting). At least two adults are required to be present at all times. And since we believe that Cub Scouting is a strong family activity, parents are usually with their scouts for all meetings and events until Webelos. In Pack 118, each den has a designated den leader, but parents can take turns in organizing the weekly den meetings.
Pack meetings: On the second Tuesday of the month. Pack meetings are for all the boys of Pack 118. We expect a parent or the whole family to attend the pack meeting. When not announced differently, pack meetings are at Redding Elementary School at 6:30pm. Please arrive early so the meeting can start on time. A "gathering game" starts at 6:15 to keep the boys occupied until the formal start of the meeting.
There are many special events: family campouts, field trips, etc. In the spring the boys make small wooden race cars and compete in the Pinewood Derby. There are also council events like camporees, Scout-O-Rama etc. .
Leader meetings: (sometimes also called Committee Meetings) Leaders of Pack 118 discuss organizational matters, future events and exchange ideas. All parents are welcome.
Roundtables: Idea exchange and announcements for leaders of the whole district. Leaders are encouraged to attend roundtables. Parents are always welcome. These are held the second Wednesday evening of each month in Bethel.
Ranks and Advancement
Boys work their way through Cub Scouts doing activities that are fun and challenging. The activities are carefully chosen to be age-appropriate and emphasize learning by doing. They cover many aspects of life, and are designed to:
In addition to the activities that contribute to advancement in rank, the boys can earn belt loops, pins and letters in the optional Sports and Academic Program. The purpose of these awards is to encourage Scouts to try new activities and learn new skills, or to improve those skills they already have. As in most activities in Cub Scouting, this is not meant to be a highly competitive program, instead the boys are encouraged to "do their best".
Boys can enter Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting at at any age from 1st grade until they are 16!
All new Cub Scouts begin advancement by earning the Bobcat Badge. After earning the Bobcat Badge, they proceed to work on advancement specific to their age level. As part of the Bobcat Badge requirements, they must learn the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout Motto.
Cub Scouts joining as first grade boys enter the Tiger Cub Program. Tiger Cub dens meet once or twice a month in addition to attending all pack meetings. Tiger Cubs BSA introduces boys and their adult partners to the excitement of Cub Scouting as they "Search, Discover, and Share" together. The Tiger Cub program is meant to be simple and most of all - fun.
In the second grade, Cub Scouts work toward the Wolf Badge, then toward a Gold Arrow Point and one or more Silver Arrow Points. The requirements for these badges are found in the Wolf Cub Scout Book. Boys working towards their Wolf Badge are called Wolf Cubs.
In the third grade, Cub Scouts are called Bear Cubs and work toward the Bear Badge, after which they work toward earning a Gold Arrow Point and Silver Arrow Points. The requirements for these badges are found in the Bear Cub Scout Book.
The Webelos Program is a two-year program for fourth and fifth grade boys. First, they earn their Bobcat Badge if they have not done so in a previous year. Then in both years, they work toward earning Webelos Activity Pins in twenty different areas, arranged in five groups, and toward one of two different cloth Badges. Fourth grade boys work toward the Webelos Badge. After earning the Webelos Badge, boys work toward Compass Point Emblem and Metal Compass Points by earning additional Activity Pins. Fifth graders, after earning the Webelos Badge, earn the Arrow of Light. The Arrow of Light is the highest rank in Cub Scouts, and its badge is the only Cub Scout Badge that may be worn on a Boy Scout uniform.
Any Wolf, Bear or Webelos Scout can earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award.
Paperwork, Fees, Uniforms
Registration: The pack 118 annual dues are $45 for each scout. This includes a subscription to Boys Life per family. Pack 118 pays the registration fees for its adult leaders.
Uniforms: Cub scouts buy their own uniform, including council patch, pack and den numerals. The pack provides badges.
Tiger, Wolf and Bear cubs use the blue Cub Scout uniform, while Webelos can choose whether to wear blue Cub Scout uniform or tan Boy Scout uniform shirt. The person in the store can help you buy the right stuff including the right color for the neckerchief. Contrary to the official policy, Pack 118 currently accepts any dark blue pants with the blue Cub Scout uniform.
Uniforms can be bought at the council store in Milford, CT (approximately $45 without trousers) or several local reatilers. We have a small exchange for used uniforms. Consider giving outgrown uniforms to our exchange.
Handbooks: Each rank's handbooks may be purchased at any of the scout shops. We recommend that parents read the books for their child's age group cover-to-cover and follow the boys progress carefully. Every handbook has a parent guide at the beginning.
Recruiting: If your boy has a friend who is interested in Cub Scouts, bring him to any pack or den meeting. Don't wait for the next year's membership night. Any Cub who gets a friend to join earns a recruiter patch that is worn below the right pocket.
Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack, and Cub Scout Motto
The Cub Scout Promise is :
The Law of the Pack is:
The Cub Scout Motto is: