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Cub Scout Pack 368
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
 
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Look Sharp in your Uniform

 

Wearing uniforms has been a method of the Scouting movement from the beginning. Decades of experience show “uniforming” to have many benefits, including these:

 

·         Equality. The uniform represents a democratic ideal of equality. Youth from various cultures and different economic levels wear the same uniform and cooperate as equals.

·         Identification. The uniform identifies a youth as a member of the Cub Scouts. Badges on the uniform tell other members that they belong to their den, pack, and council. The uniform itself identifies a good citizen to the entire community.

·         Achievement. The uniform displays badges and other awards so the accomplishments of each Cub Scout can be immediately recognized.

·         Commitment. Wearing a uniform is a constant reminder to each Cub Scout of their commitment to the ideals and purposes of Cub Scouting: duty to God, loyalty to country, and helpfulness to others.

 

For these reasons, among others, all parents should emphasize to their Scouts the importance of wearing the correct and complete uniform on all suitable occasions. The uniform, however, will never be a deterrent to a youth participating in Scouting. That is Pack policy!  The parts of the complete uniform are listed below. 

 

 

Lions:

 

The Lion uniform consists of the Lion T-shirt and Hat (optional).

 

 

Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Cub Scouts:

 

The Cub Scout uniform consists of the following parts:

·         Shirt - The uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets and "Boy Scouts of America" lettered in gold above the right pocket.

·         Neckerchief - Triangular neckerchief is provided by the pack as part of the dues.

·         Neckerchief slide - Official gold-tone metal slide with the den logo.

·         Trousers/shorts (optional) - Official blue.

·         Belt (recommended but optional) - Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle and Tiger or Cub Scout emblem (used to display achievement belt loops). 

·         Socks (optional) - Official socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee. Tiger socks are navy blue with orange tops; Cub Scout socks are navy blue with gold (yellow) tops.

·         Cap (optional) - Official navy-blue cap with orange front panel and Tiger emblem for Tigers, yellow panel and wolf emblem for Wolf Cub Scouts, blue panel and bear emblem for Bear Cub Scouts. Webelos Scouts wear an olive cap with a plaid panel bearing the Webelos logo.

·         Red Insignia Vest (optional) – Recognition and participation patches received for attending various outings/events can be displayed on this vest.

 

 

Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts

 

Webelos Scouts may choose to wear either the blue Cub Scout uniform or the tan/olive uniform, similar to the Boy Scouts.  For the tan/olive uniform, scouts wear the official Boy Scout olive trousers or shorts and official Boy Scout tan long or short sleeved shirt with blue shoulder loops.  With either uniform, all Webelos Scouts wear the Webelos neckerchief (plaid with the Webelos emblem), Webelos neckerchief slide (handmade slides are also acceptable), Webelos cap, and Webelos belt buckle.

 

 

Badges and Insignia

 

When a scout first joins Cub Scouting, their uniform will display only the basic badges: the World Crest, which shows them to be a member of the worldwide Scouting movement, the national flag, their council strip, and pack number.  As they progress, the Cub Scout will earn badges, pins, medals, and other insignia that tell of their accomplishments in Scouting. These items should be added to the uniform only after they have been earned. 

 

For guidance on the proper placement of all badges and insignia please consult your Den Leader, the Cubmaster, or the back of the Cub Scout Handbook.

 

 

Wearing the Uniform

 

In general, every Cub Scout should wear their uniform to all Cub Scouting activities, including den and pack meetings, unit outings, and any activities done with members of the den or pack.  It is acceptable to attend den meetings in Class “B” pack T-shirts (provided by the pack) but we encourage scouts to attend Pack meetings in their Class “A” (or Field) Uniform that was described above.  When playing sports, going to camp, or participating in other physical activities, the pack may opt to have the Cub Scouts wear an alternate uniform, such as an activity shirt (Class B).

 

Here are some tips for wearing the uniform:

DO
keep the uniform clean and in good repair. The official uniform is a sturdy, machine-washable garment that will last for years with proper care.

DO NOT
wear non-BSA badges, awards, or insignia on the Cub Scout uniform or make any alterations to the uniform or insignia. If you are unsure where to place patches or awards, please consult your Den Leader or the Cubmaster.

DO remember to purchase the shirt a little bigger to ensure your scout will fit in it for the duration of their Cub Scouting years.

Advancement and Dens in the Pack

 

Advancement in Cub Scouts is done grade by grade (K through 5) and scouts are assigned to the age appropriate den based on their grade. 

 

At each level of cub scouting, scouts will work on a variety of age appropriate skills and activities.  For each special skill or activity your child completes with you, you can sign off one of the requirements they need to earn their next award.  As a result, the awards they earn increase their knowledge, skills, self-esteem and confidence.  The Cub Scout Advancement program is an excellent way for you to spend quality time with your child.  You can be a part of it by participating in the Cub Scout program with them.

 

The responsibility of a scout’s advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the family and not with the pack.  While many of the advancement requirements are done at den meetings, several requirements will need to be done at home with the family.  In addition, there are multiple electives that can be completed at home at your own pace throughout the year.  These electives are optional, but allow your child to earn additional awards outside of the requirements.  Be sure to update your den leader if your child chooses to work on these electives, as he/she will provide guidance. 

 

 

Bobcat

 

All Scouts (except Lions), begin their journey in Cub Scouting with the Bobcat.  To earn the Bobcat, the scouts will become familiar with the scout law, scout oath, and other scout basics.  The Bobcat rank does not have its own den.

 

 

The Lion Den (Kindergarten)

 

Lion Scouts are a new program in the Boy Scouts of America.  This program is designed to give Scouts a ‘taste’ of what it is like to be a full fledge Cub Scout.  Lions have their own advancement program.  Like the Tiger program below, parents are required to register with their child and be present at all meetings.

 

 

The Tiger Den (Grade 1)

 

As with the Lion Den, parents are very involved at the Tiger level too.  The scout and their parent or guardian join the den and attend all meetings and activities together.  The den is made up of parent–child teams. Each den has a Tiger den leader (usually one of the parents) who helps coordinate the meetings.

 

The den has one or two meetings a month.  The Tiger Badge has 6 Core Requirements. Some of the requirements for the Tiger Badge include: Backyard Jungle where a scout and their family learn about the amazing environment in their own backyard; Tiger Games where a scout and their family and den play and practice games or sports and learn about healthy choices; and Tigers in the Wild where scouts and their families get to have an experience in the outdoors. There are also 14 Tiger Electives that the Scout and his family can work on.

 

 

The Wolf Cub Scout (Grade 2) and Bear Cub Scout (Grade 3) Dens

 

Parents are vital to the Cub Scout dens, both in the role of home support and to help the den leader.  While not required, we still encourage parents to attend den meetings at this level with their scout.

 

The den consists of scouts, a den leader and assistant den leader (usually parents of some of the scouts), and often a den chief (an older Boy Scout or Venturer who helps the den leader).

 

These dens meet twice a month at a regularly scheduled time and place, and they also attend the pack meeting with their families.  At this level, scouts will build upon the skills they learn at the prior rank.  Some skills include overnight camps, pocket knife safety, and fire building to name a few. 

 

 

The Webelos Scout Den (Grades 4 and 5)

 

The Webelos den is much like the Cub Scout dens, but there is more emphasis on the scouts learning to take leadership roles and preparing to become Boy Scouts.  The scouts will work on their Webelos badge in the first year.

 

In the second year of Webelos, a scout works to earn the Arrow of Light.  The Arrow of Light is the highest award a youth may earn in Cub Scouting.

 

We aim to graduate every Cub Scout into Boy Scouting.  Generally, your child will be prepared to join a Boy Scout troop in March of their fifth-grade year.

 

 

Scout Handbook

 

Each Scout is required to have a handbook for their appropriate den.  Scout Handbooks will be provided to each scout upon registration and are included in your annual dues to the pack.  Requirements may also be tracked on your Scoutbook.com account that you will receive upon registration.

 

 

ScoutBook.com

 

Scoutbook is the tool our Pack uses to track Advancements & Awards.  It is a web application to which you can login from any internet browser via any device that supports the internet such as your laptop, computer, Android device(s), iPhone or iPad.  The email you provide on your scout’s application will be your login ID.

 

Once we setup your new scout in the system, you will receive an email with a generic password.  Use this to login for the first time, then go to your account and change your password.  If you do not receive an email with the generic password, then just click forgot password on the login screen to be sent another email.  Be sure to check your SPAM or Junk email folders and set Scoutbook.com as a trusted site in your security settings if you still are not receiving the emails.

Once in Scoutbook, you will be able to view and edit your scout’s profile as well as view their advancement records which are maintained by their den leader.  This is a great way for you to stay up-to-date on exactly where your scout stands with regards to their advancement.