Parent Roles and Expectations
Your Child, Scouting, and You
Whether a Cub Scout lives with two parents or one, a foster family, or other relatives, their family is an important part of Cub Scouting. Parents and adult family members provide leadership and support for Cub Scouting and help ensure that boys and girls have a good experience in the program.
As a parent, you want your children to grow into adults who now thier worth, are self-reliant, dependable, and caring. Scouting has these same goals. Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, good citizenship, and physical fitness in youth.
Scouting is family values. At the same time, Cub Scout aged kids don't join Scouting to build character - they join Cub Scouting because it's FUN!
Cub Scout Parent Promise
As a parent of a Cub Scout
I will do my best
To help my child
Live up to the Cub Scout Promise
And obey the Law of the Pack.
I will work with my child
On achievements and projects.
I will attend the Pack Meetings
And help as needed to make the Pack go.
We will continue
To do our best
To help our children along the achievement trail
And share with them the work
And the fun of Cub Scouting.
Parent Guidelines and Expectations
1. Take your Scout to Den Meetings.
The weekly Den Meetings is where your Scout will complete many requirements as part of a group, which is more fun than working alone! Help your Scout finish requirements at home, and work on elective adventures.
2. Read over your Scout's handbook.
Often there are requirements that can only be completed at home, such as cooking breakfast for the family. Every once in a while, look through his book and see what you can do to help. Ask your Den Leader which requirements to work on at home if you aren't sure. Any requirement that involves sharing with your Den can be done at home and presented at any Den meeting - just let your Den leader know you have something to share!
3. Come to Pack meetings every month and participate in other activities announced by the Pack.
This is our time to honor your Scout's accomplishments as well as the accomplishments of peers. Please set aside time for this. Having parents attend the Pack meetings has many advantages
- Scouts really enjoy being recognized in the presence of loved ones!
- Parents should sit with the Den (especially younger scouts) to model good behavior and monitor the behavior of their Scouts.
Pay attention, and in response to the "wolf ears" Cub Scout sign, silently return the sign. This is how we bring the meetings to order and quiet the Scouts down.
4. Help out with the program.
Work with Den and Pack Leaders as requested to ensure all members of your Den follow the promise and the Law of the Pack.
Cub Scouting is a program based on parent (or guardian) and child participation. A parent or an adult family member should accompany the Scout to all activities, including meetings. Parents will also be asked to participate in Den and Pack level activities.
Parent volunteers are always needed. Registration and training are provided by the Pack for those who are interested in helping in an official capacity. All types of help are needed - driving for trips, leading requirement adventures, helping coordinate events, etc. Remember that Cub Scout Packs don't exist without volunteer leadership and without help from every family, the pack will not succeed!