Welcome to a new year!
We are looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you!
Your son is at a critical time in his physical, mental, social, and spiritual development. We believe that Scouting is one of the best programs available that develops values in young people. Scouting is a great program for the whole family.
Welcome to Cub Scouts, Pack 155. We are excited that you have chosen to be a member of our Pack. To help new Cub Scout families understand the organization of Cub Scouts and Pack 155 this "Welcome Letter" was put together. For details in greater depth each parent should read the Parents Orientation Guide, and other helpful information you can find by browsing this site. Cub Scouting is a Family Program, it requires parents to volunteer - this way both the parents and the boys benefit from the program which is as it should be in any family program. In Cub Scout jargon, Parents and Adult Leaders are known as "Akela".
We are registered with the Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The council is divided into several districts – Pack 155 is in the "North Star District ". The Council & District Web site is located at the address below:
At our first meeting for those boys that are tigers, wolves, and bears you will need a blue shirt and a book for the den that you are in. For the Webelos you will need a tan shirt and a Webelos book. You will also need the neckerchief and slide for the rank your boy is working toward. If you cannot afford these items, please speak to one of the leaders, we will help you in getting what you need.
If you prefer to get notifications on your Facebook account, we have a group there: http://www.facebook.com/groups/CubPack155/
Pack 155 is sponsored by Fairview Christian Church. This is generally where we hold our meetings.
Cub Scouts strives to promote core values such as Citizenship, Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Faith, Health and Fitness, Honesty, Perseverance, Positive Attitude, Resourcefulness, Respect, and Responsibility.
Cub Scout Pack 155 uses fun activities to help our children learn these values.
COMMENT : Parents know that our children grow up much too quickly. Let us enjoy our sons while we have the opportunity, and let us help them to grow, as they go through the various ranks of Cub Scouting: Tiger (1st Grade), Wolf (2nd Grade), Bear (3rd Grade), Webelos I (4th Grade), Webelos II (5th Grade).
It takes a partnership of Parents and Den Leaders to help our boys attain these ranks.
Pack Leaders are responsible for planning and holding Pack Meetings, and assuring we adhere to BSA rules and regulations. Pack Leaders are expected to attend monthly Committee meetings, district roundtable meetings, and BSA Adult Leader training classes.
Pack Meetings are held once a month September thru May, on the last Tuesday evening starting at 7:00 and last 1 hour to 1 ½. Unless otherwise stated the Pack Meetings will be held at Fairview Christian Church. The Pack also meets socially during the summer at least once a month.
Pack Meetings are the primary way in which Cub Scouts receive praise and awards in front of their peers. We try to encourage Cub Scouts with lots of praise and awards. Pack Meetings are an opportunity for the boys to show-off what they've learned or made during the past month's Den Meetings. A display table will be available at each pack meeting so that the boys can display the crafts or projects they have worked on that month. The display tables allow families and other dens to see what has been made and what to look forward to.
Pack meetings may include: Greeting, Opening Activity, Opening Thought, Flag Ceremony (e.g.: Pledge of Allegiance, Cub Scout Promise, and Law of the Pack), Introductions, Songs, Den Skits, Advancement Recognition, WEBLOS Demonstration, Games, Announcements, Closing Ceremony (e.g.: retiring of the flag and words of praise), and Refreshments & Cleanup.
Our major Pack activities include: Pinewood Derby (January); Blue & Gold Banquet (February); Family Camp (June); Dates are subject to change.
Activities generally are to be preceded by the Pledge of Allegiance, Cub Scout Promise, & Law of the Pack, and are generally followed by a short Closing Ceremony. Activities are intended to be fun and interesting. Den Leaders are expected to attend Pack Committee meetings, or to appoint a Den representative.
Each Den can establish its own system and schedule for conducting den meetings. Although not required parents should plan on attending at least one den meeting a month - as it is a good opportunity for Cub Scouts and parents to socialize.
Each Den is expected to take turns during Pack Meetings in the Opening Ceremonies, Skits, Songs, and Closing Ceremonies.
Den Meetings typically focus on a published monthly theme. Planning ideas are found in the leader program helps book and the roundtable guide. These materials describe everything you need to know to run a den meeting. Den Meetings also may consist of going to a park or a museum. Have fun - you'll love it and so will the kids!
CUBMASTER & DEN LEADER DUTIES
The Cub master and Assistant Cub master(s) duties include: leading and or conducting the monthly Pack meetings, guide & support Den Leaders, work with the Pack committee to plan an annual Pack program, and to coordinate the Cub Scout program in the Pack.
Den Leaders duties include: planning and carry out Den meetings with the goal of accomplishing the theme of the month. Prepare its stunts & exhibits for the Pack Meeting and lead the Den in its participation at Pack meetings; help the Cub master in presenting awards during Pack meetings.
Dues are $50 per year. This covers your Recharter fee, and cost of badges/awards. We suppliment these dues with fund raising to keep the cost of scouting as low as possible for you. If you need assistance with these dues, please speak to one of your leaders.
The pack participates in the annual District Popcorn sales event which takes place in Aug-Nov. All scouts are expected to participate. The pack receives extra benefits once certain sales thresholds are met. These benefits include free training and cloth advancement badges. Complete details regarding the popcorn sale will be discussed at the sales kickoff meeting in the August / September time frame.
PACK COMMITTEE & OTHER COMMITTEES
The function of the Pack Committee is largely administrative. Meetings of the Pack Committee are held once a month, or more often, to discuss Pack business. Pack Committee meetings are held to discuss upcoming Pack activities, and to determine how Committee members can best help facilitate the Pack activity. Pack Committee members may be elected or appointed to one year term. Any parent can come and participate in any Pack Committee meeting. At this point, there are no term limits, however it is believed the Pack will benefit by rotating new parents through the Pack Committee. Optimistically, all parents would become members of the Pack Committee, Program Committee, Administration Committee, or Recruiting Committee.
The District holds monthly Round Table training meetings where monthly themes and upcoming activities are discussed. Pack Leaders are expected to attend these sessions. Parents are encouraged to attend as well, starting this coming year all Adult partners must be trained. Pack leaders are also expected to take other required training courses. Courses can be taken online, if you are unable to attend a class.
Please Visit www.Scouting.org for more information.
Cub Scouts have 12 Core Values:
|Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped boys of cub scouts age. Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the 10 purposes of Cub Scouting: |
|The Cub Scouts of America colors are blue and gold. They have special meaning, which will help boys see beyond the fun of Cub Scouting to its ultimate goals. The blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above. The gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer and happiness.|
|As a boy begins the Boy Scout Trail, he joins other boys his own age. He can start the scouting program from 6 (starting 1st grade) to 17 years old. The Cub Scout age program is for 1st graders through 3rd graders - Tiger cubs, Wolf scouts, and Bear scouts. After completing Bear scout requirements, scouts begin their Webelos program.|
"I, ............, promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack."
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. Boys from various cultures and different economic levels wear the same uniform and cooperate as equals.
Identification. The uniform identifies a boy as a member of the Cub Scouts. Badges on the uniform tell other members that he belongs 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 his 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.
We are a part of the Heart of America Council. You will need a Shoulder patch for that, as well at the troop Numbers which are 1 5 5. Class-A uniforms are required for the Large meetings, or any outings; the other meetings you may opt to wear a Cub Scout T-shirt instead if you wish.
Where to purchase Uniform supplies:
Kansas City Scout Shop Brant's
10210 Holmes Road 15 East Kansas Street
Kansas City, MO 64131 Liberty, MO 64068
(816) 942-7757 (816) 781-6234
We meet at Fairview Christian Church. Tuesday nights at 6:30PM. Please feel free to join us at any time.