1. Q. How many boys make up a
to eight Cub Scouts is the suggested and recommended number of boys. Some Den
Leaders may feel comfortable with more boys, especially if they have more than
one assistant and a Den Chief. Dens are designed to be small neighborhood
groups. If your Den is growing too large, it's time for the Pack to form a new
one, using your overflow as a nucleus.
2. Q. I'm not really good with crafts. What
do I do?
There are many resources with excellent instructions for theme-related craft
projects available to you. With a little patience and practice, you'll get the
hang of it and probably enjoy it.
Resources: Cub Scout Program Helps Crafts for Cub Scouts
The Wolf Cub Scout Book The Bear Cub Scout Book
District Roundtable Pow Wow
Den Leader Workshops Cub Scout Leader How-To Book
Public Library Craft Magazines
Other Den Leaders Den Leader Coach
3. Q. If a boy joins the Webelos den as a
first time Cub Scout, can he go back and earn his Wolf and Bear
A. No, he has to earn his Bobcat
rank, and then starts working towards the rank for his grade/age
4. Q. What is a Den Chief and how do I get
Den Chiefs an older Boy Scout or Explorer that can assist as part of your Den's
leadership. With your guidance and direction, he can be a most valuable addition
by leading songs and games, teaching tricks or puzzles, and helping with
To get a Den Chief....
1. Tell your Cubmaster you need one.
2. The Cubmaster discusses your need with the Scoutmaster.
3. The Scoutmaster selects the right boy who has been trained in leadership skills.
4. The Cubmaster trains him in Cub Scouting
skills so that he will be successful in working with a Den.
5. Q. What is an assistant Den Leader and
how is one obtained?
A. An assistant Den Leader is another trained adult who can take over the Den Meeting in your absence. In order to obtain an assistant Den Leader question the parents of your Den to see who would be interested, check with the Cubmaster to see if he/she knows of anyone who is interested or check with your Pack members to see who would be willing to help you out.
6. Q. Why should I go to
A. Roundtable is the place to find
out what is happening in the district and council. You have the opportunity to
share your ideas with others, and get their ideas. It is also a place where you
can go and find out that other people are having the same frustrations that you
are having in your local unit. It is also supplemental training where you can
get ideas for your program, and ideas on how to implement those ideas. You can
actually save time by attending Roundtable because you can you can spend
considerably less time planning your program and activities in your den or
7. Q. How often am I supposed to hold Den
is recommended that Den meetings be held weekly, on the same day each week and
preferably right after school in the home of the Den Leader. Although this is
the ideal situation, it is not always feasible. Because of the changing
lifestyles of the 90's (busing, the increase of working mothers, and the
increase of one parent families)many options are available.
|Den meetings held in the evening at the Den
||Den meetings held at schools, either during
lunch time or immediately after classes in the afternoon.
||Den meetings at the chartered
||Den meetings held at a facility provided by a
civic organization or local business.
||Den meetings held in the home of someone other
than the Den Leader, but still run by the Den Leader.
||Den meetings held in a Scout room either at
the school or the chartered organization. |
The most important thing to remember is consistency - the same place, the same time each week as approved by the Pack Committee.
8. Q. Can I take my Den camping?
camping other than backyard camping or family camping is not advocated for Cub
9. Q. I don't want the boys running all
through my house at Den Meetings. How can I stop them?
Den needs to establish its own set of rules. This should be done as a Den
project with all Den members, boys and adults alike, contributing suggestions.
Don't go overboard, but be sure to include all the important items, such as: All
Cub Scouts must stay in the Den Meeting area unless given permission by the Den
Leader or assistant Den Leader to go to another room; no rough housing; no
talking during ceremonies; each Cub Scout is responsible for returning his
project materials to the proper place; each person is responsible for cleaning
up after him/herself. These are suggestions. Base your rules on your Den
10. Q. Who should I contact to find out
about District and council Activities, and training?
A. Attend Roundtable.
11. Q. What do I do when someone breaks the
rules or is disruptive? How do I discipline?
A. Be sure all your boys know the Cub Scout sign and its meaning -- "when the sign goes up the mouth goes shut." By giving the Cub Scout sign and discontinuing all activity until all the boys have stopped talking, you can often regain control. Don't speak, just give the sign and wait. The Den candle is a good idea. Select a fair sired candle.(one that will last through several meetings, but not so large that it takes months to burn down) and light it at the beginning of each meeting. Let the boys know that when it burns down there will be a special outing, treat, party or whatever the Den decides to do, as a reward for good behavior. Every time someone breaks a rule or misbehaves, the candle is blown out, and it will take that much
longer to reach their reward. The candle is not
lighted again during the Den Meeting. The boy(s) who misbehaved could be
responsible for blowing out the candle which then would put peer pressure on the
disruptive boy(s). If they cause the candle to be blown out, thereby delaying
their reward, the rest of the Den will be upset with them.
Try "3 strikes and you're out". A boy that is
disruptive three times during one meeting is not invited back for the next
meeting. The first time a boy is disruptive he is given a verbal warning. The
second time he can blow out the conduct candle and if he continues to misbehave
he should call his parents so that he can be picked up and taken away from the
Den Meeting, The parents of all boys should be informed of this procedure when
the Den is established.
|You are not permitted to strike or physically punish any boy, even if his parents give you permission.|
|Be fair -- treat each boy the same, show no
12. Q. How much advancement work should we
do in the Den Meeting?
A. Den Meetings are not "advancement factories."
Cub Scouting is home-centered and family oriented. Don't deprive a family of
working with their son by doing too much advancement work at the Den Meetings. A
good balance of advancement projects are pre-planned for you in the Cab Scour
Program Helps book. It won't overwhelm the boys with book work, but at the same
time, should encourage them to work at home. If for some reason a boy is not
working on any of his advancements in his home, you, as his Den Leader, can take
the time and work with the boy out of his book to make sure that he also will
receive recognition as the other boys do.
It is better to let boys know after the fact that
they have completed a requirement while having fun or working on a project for a
13. Q. Who signs the Cub Scout's
parents of Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts have the primary privilege of passing their
son on advancement. The Den Leader may sign off achievements and electives done
at Den or Pack meetings.
14. Q. As a Cubmaster, is it my
responsibility to keep the record book?
A. No, that is the job of
the Pack secretary, Assistant Cubmaster, or a member of the Pack
15. Q. Who signs the Webelos Scout's book
when requirements are completed?
Webelos Leader, or the person he/she designates, will approve the completion of
requirements and sign the Webelo's Scout Book.
16. Q. Isn't it true that the boys don't
have to do exactly what the requirement states as long as the "flavor" and
spirit of the requirement is kept? The Leader can substitute something else
A. If a
requirement says a boy must "show", then the boy must show; if it says to
"tell", "list" or "demonstrate", then the boy must tell, list or demonstrate to
pass the requirement. Remember: it is still to the best of the individual boy's
17. Q. How often should a den
B. An active den should meet
weekly, this will keep the boys involved in the program. If the pack quits
meeting during the summer months, they should plan at least one monthly activity
for those in-active months. It is best to try and hold meetings at the same
time, on the same day each week. This helps to build a regular routine with the
18. Q. How often can we go
A. Webelos Scouts do not go camping in the same way as Boy Scouts, that is, Webelos Leaders do not take the Webelos Scouts out alone to camp..."Webelos Scouts are encouraged to have parent-guardian/son overnight experiences away from home. This is an important step in the transitional period from Cub Scouting to Scouting.
Remember TWO DEEP LEADERSHIP!
Each Webelos Scout Den should have one or two
overnighters each year to ensure that all Den members will have the opportunity
to earn the Arrow of Light award.
19. Q. Several of my Webelos Scouts'
parents are unable to go on an overnight campout. Should this experience be
is a decision that will have to be made by all the fathers able to go. Don't
forget: Although it is desirable to have each boy under the supervision of his
own father, there are alternatives available for the boy who has no father, or
whose father simply cannot go. REMEMBER: Only a parent or guardian can sleep in
the same tent with their son.
|Another father may be responsible for him,
||His mother could go in his place,
||Another male relative could go on the
||A male member of the Pack Committee.
There shouldn't be any "loose" boys, boys who
aren't the responsibility of someone other than yourself. Each temporary, or
substitute dad, is responsible for his "adopted" boy just as completely as his
If you and all the dads, real and substitute,
feel there is enough supervision, go ahead. If the vote is no, consider a day
hike instead, same alternatives applying.
The Webelos Den overnight camp must be done right
or it shouldn't be done at all.
20. Q. How long should a Webelos den
A. A well run Webelos meeting will last no
longer than 1-1/4 hours.
21. Q. I'm not that handy. How can I get my
boys through all 10 activity pins?
First, increase your own skills. Be sure to attend Basic Training, the Webelo training which in Mobile Area Council, is referred to as Webelos Leader Outdoor Training and is a complete instructional session which includes outdoor skills. Attend any Webelos Leaders'
workshops that are available through your Council
and regularly attend POW WOW and your District Roundtable. All of these will
help you gain knowledge and experience in activity pin areas.
Don't overlook the parents in the Pack as
potential instructors. Boy Scouts who have gone through the Cub Scout program
will be helpful as well as you and other parents of your Pack through
utilization of the Parent Talent Survey. Someone may know of interested
outsiders that would be willing to share their knowledge and expertise with your
REMEMBER: You have two years to complete the
entire Webelos' program.
22. Q. Do I have to follow the monthly
themes put out by the National Scout Office?
A. There are two types of program planning
materials available for use by Cub Scout Packs that you should use to make your
planning and weekly Den Meetings easier and fun filled which also covers the
areas of concern.
Cub Scout Program Helps: This book offers monthly plans that are broken down for weekly Den Meetings for the 8 and 9 year old boy in the Cub Scout Dens. When following the Cub Scout Program Helps book the planning of each melting is coordinated and outlined for the Den Leader according to the monthly theme. Each month follows a theme, or suggested area in history, culture, etc. around which activities, games, projects, skits, outings, and Pack
Meeting participation items are based.
Webelos Scout Helps: This is part of the
Cub Scout Program Helps book and is geared to the activity pin areas the Webelos
Dens will be exploring. It is coordinated with the themes the Cub Scout Dens
will be working on as much as possible and provides plans for a full year of
meetings for the Webelos Leader.
Following the programs outlined in the Webelos
Scout Helps is the easiest way to provide a well-rounded den program for your
Den that follows the purposes and objectives of Scouting and encourages
23. Q. When can Webelos wear a tan shirt
and/or a patrol patch instead of a den number.
24. Q. What about the boy that is not
with the boy yourself to see if you can aid him with any problem he may be
having in not completing his requirements for advancing.
Talk with his parents about the advancement plan
and how it works. Offer your assistance to explain in detail, and in person, if
Be sure to give proper recognition to the boy for
advancement work when he does finish.
Use the immediate recognition kit as an incentive
for Wolf and Bear ranks.
25. Q. What is a Denner, and where do I get
Denner is one of the Cub Scouts in your Den. He is elected to office by the Den
members and is responsible for assisting the Den Leadership (primarily the Den
Chief if you have one but also should help the Den Leader). The Denner wears a
special gold braid over his left shoulder to signify his position. The Denner is
used to help set out craft materials, paper and pencil supplies, help to
organize the game or a special activity and can help with last minute
preparations and clean up after the Den Meeting is over.
26. Q. What do we do at
A. First and foremost, the boys have
FUN, if the boys don't enjoy themselves they won't keep coming
27. Q. What are the Den Leader
responsibilities at Pack meetings?
month Dens are asked to stage opening and closing ceremonies, skits, stunts or
songs, or to help with the setup or arrangement of the Pack Meeting; such as
chairs and tables for the Scouts and his family members. Den assignments are
made at the monthly Pack Leaders' Meeting. The Den Leader will also be
responsible for maintaining the discipline of his/her Den.
28. Q. How old can you be to join Cub
A. A boy must be in the first grade (or be
7, 8, 9, or 10 years old).
29. Q. What about fund-raisers' How often
and what kind?
Local Councils must approve all fund-raising projects. Obtain the "Unit Money
Earning' application (no. 4427) from your Council office and be sure you
understand the ten guides to unit money-earning projects listed on the back of
the form. When you are confident your project conforms with the guidelines. fill
out the application and submit it to your Council for approval.
Many Packs choose to participate in the Council
sponsored fund raisers such as the "Bowl-A-Thon" wherein boys, family members
and friends bowl three games for an amount that has been pledged by people for
each pin knocked down. The Pack will receive half of the proceeds of all that
has been pledged for the bowlers combined.
Another Council sponsored fund-raising activity
is the "Great American Popcorn Sale" wherein various types of popcorn are sold
and depending upon the amount of popcorn that has been sold by a Scout will
depend upon the type of reimbursement given to the boy or the Pack.
Check with your local Council to find out about
other Council sponsored events or what your Pack can do to earn money. There are
Dens who also participate in fund raisers to earn money.
How often? Generally one successful fund-raiser a
year will suffice if you are careful with expenses and follow your budget. If
your Pack is one that offers funds to the Scouts for registration, books, summer
camping fees, etc. another fund-raiser or two may be beneficial.
30. Q. How much does Scouts
A. The Scouting program has several costs
involved. The basic cost is the standard $ 7.00 registration fee to National.
Then there is $ 7.80 for an annual subscription to Boys Life. Then there are
Pack dues (set by each individual unit), and in some cases you will find Den
dues. The basic $ 14.80 is the same nation-wide, the rest varies greatly.
31. Q. How often should our Pack have
Frequency of meetings for the Pack Committee alone are based on the need for
such meetings. Usually the Committee will meet with the rest of the Pack
leadership for the monthly Pack Leaders' Meeting and conduct all the Pack
business at that time.
32. Q. Do you go on field
A. Pack and den trips are a welcome change
from the routine of pack and den meetings during the school year and are good
summer activities that teach the boys something about their community and how it
is run. Get permission before you go. Remember that a minimum of two adults must
be present on all field trips.
33. Q. Who plans the Pack
A. Pack Meetings are planned at the
monthly Pack Leaders' Meeting with all Pack and Den Leaders offering suggestions
and help. This meeting is held about one week prior to the Pack Meeting, at
which time final details for the upcoming Pack Meeting are ironed out, and the
following month's plans are set.
34. Q. Where do we get our
A. You can purchase new uniforms from the
Scout Shop ™ or an authorized Scout dealer. You can also find used uniforms at
yard sales, thrift shops, and flea markets. Many units have uniform banks or
exchanges to help you with uniforming.
35. Q. What does a Den Leader Coach
A. Den Leader Coach is a sympathetic ear,
a helping hand, and an on-the-job teacher to new Den Leaders who sometimes feel
overwhelmed and lost with their new responsibilities. The Den Leader Coach can
often make the difference between the Den Leaders staying with it and doing
their best or getting discouraged and dropping out.
The Den Leader Coach also "takes the heat" off the Cubmaster by serving as a liaison between him/her and the Den Leaders. He/she can accumulate many questions and concerns expressed by the leaders and communicate these with
one phone call as opposed to several by each Den
Leader. Usually he/she will be able to handle most situations without involving
36. Q. Is any religious beliefs
A. The Boys Scouts of America maintains
that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an
obligation to God. The Boy Scouts of America is absolutely nonsectarian in its
attitude toward religious training.
37. Q. Is there training for being a Den
YES!!! There is usually .Den Leader Coach Seminar conducted once a year through
the Council in your area. Often Den Leader Coach training is offered through a
POW WOW session. Call your Council office and check to see when the next Den
Leader Coach Seminar is being held and where it will take place.
If a session is not being held, contact Your
District Training Chairperson. He/she will be able to provide a personal
coaching session for you.
38. Q. How can I get the Den Leaders to go
A. IN YOUR CAR!!! Don't send them - take
them. If there is absolutely no way a Den Leader can attend, be sure to share
with him/her the multitude of information and ideas that are given at
39. Q. Can a boy from a single parent
family join Scouting?
A. Yes, the Scouting movement has many
boys from single parent families. While at the Tiger Cub level, an Adult partner
is necessary for joining, at the higher ranks the boy doesn't have to have a
parent with them for all activities.
40. Q. If all the Den Leaders from our Pack
go to Roundtable, won't that put the Den Leader Coach out of a
A. No, but it will make your Den Leader
Coach's task much easier. The Den Leader Coach is responsible for coordinating
the efforts of the various Dens at Pack Meetings, counseling the Den Leaders
with problems, representing them to the Pack Committee, helping recruit new
leaders, and enough additional responsibilities that the Den Leader Coach will
probably welcome their attendance at Roundtable.
41. Q. I would like for my son to join
Scouts, but we can't afford some of the things that are required, what can I
A. While the registration fees must be
paid in order to join, some things such as uniform can wait. You can pick up
used uniform parts as you find them, and can afford them. Most units can help
the truly needy with their dues, and many youth can learn a valuable lesson by
doing some odd jobs to help earn their dues money. Seldom will a boy that wants
to be a Scout be turned away do to lack of money.
42. Q. I've been with this Pack a long time
and have given on-the-job training to many new Den Leaders. Often a new Den
Leader feels that the training that has been provided if all that is needed. How
can I make sure that complete training is taken?
Training teams put in many, many hours of hard work, research and time into each
course. These courses are constantly being updated to remain abreast of every
new development in the Cub Scout program, and are generally offered at a minimal
fee. Perhaps if you stressed the importance of what training can do for a leader
and offered to take them or make arrangements for them to attend, you would have
43. Q. Can my son join Scouting if he has a
A. Yes, the Scouting program has
provisions set up for members with disabilities. This information can be found
in the Policies section (chapter 7) of the Cub Scout Leader Handbook. For
additional information on membership and advancement of Cub Scouts with
disabilities, check with your council service center.
44. Q. What can our Unit Commissioner do
for us? And where do I find him/her?
Unit Commissioner is a dedicated, experienced Scouter willing to assist your
Pact in many ways. He/she can help you make troop contacts, locate people,
equipment, and materials, assist in the rechartering process and in recruiting
and program planning. As an outside observer, your Unit Commissioner can often
spot potential problems and weaknesses in your program quickly and can help you
solve them personally or by calling in District or Council personnel.
Contact your Council office or your District
Executive to see what Unit Commissioner has been assigned to your Pack. Be sure
to get his/her telephone number so that a call may be placed to him/her to set
up a meeting. Also, get your Unit Commissioner's address so that an invitation
can be extended for special events. e.g., Blue and Gold Dinner, Advancements,
Pack Committee Meetings, Recruiting nights, etc.
45. Q. How often should we
A. ALL YEAR LONG!!
Each fall the Boy Scouts of America launches a
major recruitment drive called SCHOOL or RALLY NIGHTS. All Packs across the
nation are urged to take part and are supplied with materials to aid them. Many
Districts organize a spring membership drive in addition to the autumn
This is not meant to imply that recruiting should
only take place once or twice a year. Boys become interested in Cub Scouts every
day of the year and should be offered the opportunity to join the Pack as soon
as they are interested. Leaders should be recruited as the need
46. Q. Where are the meetings held, and at
A. There is no set time or place for
meetings to be held. The main requirement is for the meeting to be held at a
Safe Place. They can be held at a Den Leaders home, at a place provided by the
Charter Organization or at a Church, school or city building. Just be sure to
meet the TWO-DEEP LEADERSHIP requirement.
47. Q. Can I become a leader, and what does
A. To become a register leader, one must
first be approved by the Charter Organization. Once approved, you can register.
The position you are given will be according to the needs of the pack, and what
you are wanting to do. Once registered, RUN, don't walk to the nearest
Cub Scout Leader Training session. Every boy deserves a trained
48. Q. What are the responsibilities of the Chartered Organization?
A. The Chartered Organization operates the
Scouting unit. This organization may be a church, a school, a PTA, a civic
organization, etc. The chartered organization agrees to conduct the Scouting
program according to the policies of the Boy Scouts of America. Some chartered
organizations have more than one Scouting unit.
Your chartered organization is responsible for
|Furnishing a SAFE meeting place for the
monthly Pack Meeting.
||Selecting adults to operate the Pack according
to the organization's policies.
||Appointing a Chartered Representative for the
Scouting units. |
50. If I can't attend the meetings, is
there anything I can do to help?
A. Parental help outside the meeting is
always needed. You can help with a telephone tree. Parents are always needed to
help with refreshments for Den meetings and pack meetings. You could be of
assistance with fundraisers such as the Popcorn drive. You could always do
errands like picking up supplies from the Scout Shop ™. The Pack committee and
Cubmaster always have needs that a parent can be of help with. Just
51. Q. Who should sign the checks for Pack
A. It is a good policy to always have two signatures required on the Pack account, the treasurer's of course, and either the Cubmaster's or the Committee Chairperson.
52. Q. What kind of activities do we do at
A. At Cub Scout meeting, there will be all
type of games, crafts, skits and songs. There will be races with boats, cars and
possibly rockets or turtles. You will learn many new things, they may about
stuff right next door, or maybe from all around the world. There will be several
opportunities for organized family camping every year. If you attend Cub Scout
Day Camp, or Cub Resident Camp, you might have the opportunity to swim, shoot BB
guns, shoot Bow and Arrows. You might even get the chance to do some canoeing or
boat rowing. The fun is endless, and that's the key to a good program, FUN FUN
53. Q. How can Roundtables help our
Roundtables give your Pack leadership hands-on experience and supplemental
materials to aid you in carrying out the Cub Scout program in your Pack. Each
month theme reinforcements such as ceremonies, songs, crafts, games, field
trips, open forum for questions/answers and program ideas are presented for you
to use in your Pack.
Contact your Council office or your District
Commissioner to see when and where your Roundtable s taking place for your
54. Q. Who will be delivering the
Supplemental Training that have become available in the last
the Baldwin District, of Mobile Area Council, it is planned to hold at least one
of the Quarterly Updates segments per quarter as the theme for Roundtable. By
doing this, we can get the information to more Scouters without trying to get
them to come to another Saturday session.
55. Q. We often hear about ceremonies. Are
they really all that important?
A. YES, THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!
|They show boys and parents the proper use and
respect of the American Flag.
56. Q. Why can't Women den leaders wear the
A. As of September 1996, the khaki/tan uniform is now available as an official option for all female Scouters.
57. Q. What types of recognition is
appropriate for the adult leaders and when should it be given?
A. Recognition is a method that is used to
motivate boys not only to acknowledge their achievements but also move them
toward advancement. Adult leaders are no different. They need to be recognized
for their achievements and the time and effort they have used for doing a good
job. Saying "thank you" sometimes isn't enough to encourage a leader for working
and accomplishing something. Here are a few ideas in addition to "thank
|Certificate of Appreciation: For chairing or
helping with a special Pack event.
|A special gift or special award: At a Pack
Meeting before they advance into a Troop.
|Special applause: For a job well done at a
Pack Meeting. |
58. Q. Can a leader wear more than one
Quality Unit Award on their uniform at one time?
A. No, according to the 1995 printing of
the Insignia Guide it states: "Only the most recently earned Quality Unit emblem
may be worn".
59. Q. A boy with disabilities has applied
for membership in our Pack. Shouldn't be in a special Pack?
necessarily. The decision to accept this child into your Pack would depend on
the extent of his disabilities. Consult with the boy, his parents, teachers, and
his proposed Den Leader to help you determine his expected level of
participation and the advisability of his membership. Most boys with
disabilities will benefit greatly from membership in your Pack and can actually
contribute much to the personal growth of the other boys and leaders.
Because of special classes and schools for the
disabled, there often is little social interaction between youth without
disabilities and disabled boys at this age. Working, playing and sharing
together in Den situations can increase the confidence and capabilities of the
special boy and contribute to the understanding and compassion of the regular
Mainstreaming, or the placement of disabled boys
into Packs with boys without disabilities, is encouraged by the Boy Scouts of
The program does not need to be altered, but
certain considerations may be extended to the handicapped Scout, such as
registration beyond the regular age requirement and the substitution of
electives for physical feats outside the realm of the child's capabilities.
There are specific procedures to follow when doing this.
As with any of the boys in the Pack, they should
always be encouraged to "DO YOUR BEST".
60. Q. Can a Cub Scout leader earn two
awards at the same time, if he has served in two positions
A. According to BSA publication #34169 Leadership Training Committee Guide: Plans, Procedures, Materials:
used to earn one key or award cannot be used earn another key or
The only exception to this is in the case of the
Boy Scout Leader Training Award, which can be earned in conjunction with the
61. Q. Our last Pack Meeting of the year is
in May. We have a hard time rounding up all the Cub Scouts when we start up
again in the lad. Are there any suggestions for making this
A. Offer a year-round program that will
keep the Pack together throughout the summer. Keep the Dens together over the
summer. Each Den can meet just once a month for either a regular Den Meeting or
an outing. This will keep the boys interested, advancing and in the program in
the fall, because they never left the program.
Plan and carry out one Pack activity each month
during the summer. Baseball games, picnics, backyard barbecues or Pack
volleyball games are just some ideas that can be enjoyed by the Cub Scouts and
their families. It keeps everyone in touch, is fun and can help your Pack earn
the National Summertime Pack Award. Don't forget to include Cub Scout day camp,
Resident Camp or other type of Cub Scout sponsored camping in your summer
Remember to have adequate leadership for the
whole year. Eliminate possible program gaps by recruiting Leaders in the spring
to replace those that are advancing into Boy Scouts with their sons.
62. Q. When are Cub Scout Leader awards
A. It is important to the recognition plan
that all awards be presented in a dignified manner, at an occasion befitting the
Immediate recognition of achievement should be
given by presentation of the award in the presence of the unit membership and
representatives of the chartered organization. Announcement in the council
newsletter and in other news media is recommended. In addition, announcement at
a major event in the district or council is desirable.
63. Q. Who can wear the Trained Leader
A. The trained emblem is for all leaders
who have completed the Fast Start and basic training programs appropriate to
64. Q. Why should I have to pay an annual
registration fee when I volunteer so much of my time?
$ 7.00 annual registration fee really isn't very much when you consider all that
leaders receive in return. Your National Fee provides for Local Council
Assistance, program research and development, program materials including
Scouting Magazine, and local Council insurance and benefits.
Once a year adults in Scouting are asked to also
financially support their local Council through the Friends of Scouting campaign
(FOS). This support provides for maintaining local camps, training, local
communications, a service center operation for maintaining records and
information, a Scout Shop, a professional and clerical staff to support unit
Leaders, and health and accident insurance for all members.
65. Q. How do you keep
A. An Assistant Cubmaster or pack
secretary could be given the task of keeping the Pack Record Book up to
date. Den leaders are responsible for keeping accurate up-to-date den
More information on this is available in the Cub
Scout Leader Book, under Den and Pack Management- Chapter 10.
66. Q. My son is friends with a group of
boys in the second grade. My son is only in the first grade, why can't my son be
in the den with his friends?
A. Because the joining requirements for joining a Wolf den are: must be
in the Second grade or be 8 years old. So, I guess if the youth is an 8 year
old first grader he could join with his friends, if not he belongs in the Tiger
Cubs with the boys his own age. Hopefully he will make new friends there. And he
will be around his older friends at Pack functions.
67. Q. Do we get to go
A. Overnight camping by second- and third-grade Cub Scout dens or Cub Scout
packs other than at an approved camping facility operated by the local council
is not approved, and certificates of liability insurance will not be provided by
the Boy Scouts of America.
68. Q. Why is training so
Leadership training for the adults in the Cub Scout program is important for one
simple reason: BECAUSE 7-, 8-, 9- AND 10-YEAR OLD BOYS ARE IMPORTANT Not only
now, but to the future of all of us. You cannot be expected to adequately
provide a complex program of citizenship development, character building, and
physical and mental development for boys without the benefit of instruction.
Everything we have learned to do in our lives is
the result of some sort of training, be it feeding and dressing ourselves,
driving a car, or reading this page. Each new task we take on in life requires
training. The Boy Scouts of America recognizes this fact and has set forth
training programs appropriate for every phase of Scouting.
Some of the ways training will make your job
easier and help you:
Understanding your job responsibilities and the responsibilities of the others with which you serve.
Understanding boys of Cub Scout age.
Understanding the policies and procedures of the Boy Scouts of America.
Locating and using resources.
Introducing you to other Cub Scout Leaders interested in providing a great experience for the youth of your community.
Answering your questions about things that
69. Q. One of my Den members if new to
scouting and wane to go back sad earn his Wolf and Bear badges. Should I encourage
him to do so?
!!! Keep him in the Webelos Scout program which is geared for his age and
abilities. The first thing that this boy must earn is his Bobcat badge. Then he
should continue to earn activity pins. No boy is allowed to go back and earn the
Wolf or Bear badge once he is no longer of that age group or in the appropriate
school grade class for that rank.
70. Q. What is Arrow of
A. The Arrow of Light is the highest award
in Cub Scouting. May be earned by Webelos Scouts. The only Cub Scout badge that
can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
71. Q. What is a den?
A. A neighborhood group of 6-8 Cub Scouts
or Webelos Scouts who usually meet once a week.
72. Q. What is the difference between
Tigers, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos.
A. The different rank programs are
set to be age specific. By doing so, the boys will be working on things that are
more likely to at their level. If you had 7-11 year old all thrown together (as
in Boy Scouts) the maturity levels would make activities almost impossible to
achieve as a group.
73. Q. What are Tiger Cubs?
A. A Tiger Cub is a boy who is in the
first grade (or is 7 years old) and registered, with an adult partner, as a
member of a Tiger Cub group.
74. Q. What is the Bobcat?
A. The first rank for all boys who
join Cub Scouting (after Tigers).
75. Q. What are Wolf Cub
A. The Cub Scout rank designated
for a second-grade Cub Scout (or one who is 8). Wolf rank is earned by
completing 12 achievements.
76. Q. What are Bear Cub
A. The Cub Scout rank designated
for a third-grade Cub Scout (or one who is 9).
77. Q. What are Webelos
A. A Cub Scout who has completed
third grade (or is 10) and is a member of a Webelos den. Webelos Scouts wear a
78. Q. Do I have to attend the entire
Training session if I have already been trained in another
A. No, all you have to attend is the split session for the position you are being re-trained for.
79. Q. Why can't the Cub Scout uniform be
worn for fundraisers other than Council events such as
selling of any product must be done on its own merits. The official uniforms are
intended primarily for use in connection with activities of the Scouting
movement, but their use may be authorized by local councils under conditions and
for purposes not inconsistent with the principles of Scouting and the Scouting
80. Q. Why can't my son wear his Cub Day
Camp and Resident Camp patches on my uniform?
Uniform guide states that only one temporary patch can be worn on the uniform at
a time. It will be worn centered on the right pocket. BSA has available, a nice
red brag vest that is a perfect place for the scout to display and wear all the
patches earned and awarded at different Scouting Activities.
81. Q. What is a Pack meeting?
monthly meeting of all the dens and pack families for games, skits, presentation
of advancement awards, and other recognition's.
82. Q. How long is the pack meeting?
A. A well planned Pack meeting
lasts on longer than 1 ˝ hours.
83. Q. What are Arrow points?
A. An arrow point is an award for
earning 10 elective credits in WOLF or BEAR books. The first 10
electives earned in either rank represent a Gold Arrow Point. Subsequent groups
of 10 earn Silver Arrow Points.
84. Q. What is an elective
A. A part of the Cub Scouting
advancement program. There are 22 electives in the Wolf book and 24 in the Bear
85. Q. As a parent, do I need to attend the
A. Yes, pack meeting are meant to
be enjoyed by the entire family.
86. Q What is Pow Wow?
87. Q. What is Cub Scout day
A. A daytime outdoor activity
conducted on council or district basis for Cub Scouts and Webelos
88. Q. What are Compass
A. A recognition earned by Webelos
Scouts who have completed the requirements for the Webelos badge. Consists of a
cloth badge and metal devices, each representing four activities badges beyond
those required for the Webelos badge.
89. Q. Who can sign the boys advancement
A. In the Cub Scout program, the
boys parent is his Akela, and as such signs the requirements.
90. Q. What is Cub Scout Resident
A. An overnight camping activity
conducted by the council for Cub Scouts and/or Webelos Scouts.
91. Q. What is a Den Aide?
A. A teenage boy or girl (14-17)
who helps a den leader in situations where a den chief is not available. It is a
92. Q. What is a Lone Cub Scout?
A. A boy of Cub Scout age who,
unable to join a pack because of unusual conditions, follows the Cub Scout
program under the leadership of a Lone Cub Scout friend and counselor.
93. Q. When is Scouting Anniversary
A. The week, beginning on a
Sunday, which includes February 8, Anniversary Day.
94. Q. What is a District?
A. A geographic administrative
unit of a council.
95. Q. What is a Council?
A. A chartered body of
representatives from organizations operating Scouting units and members at large
responsible for Scouting in a designated geographical area.
96. Q. What is a Tour Permit?
A. Permit designed to assist units
in planning safe, helpful, and enjoyable trips and to ensure that proper
procedures will be followed in case of emergency.
97. Q. What is a Volunteer
A. A registered individual who
donates service, time, and/or funds to support the program of the Boy Scout of
98. Q. What is a Professional
A. A registered, full-time
employee of the Boy Scouts of America who has successfully completed formal
training at the National Executive Institute or National Training
99. Q. How long will it
A. An hour a
100. Q. What if I have a
question that has not been answered here?
A. If your question has not been asked or some
other questions of yours answered, please consult the Cub Scouter Leader
If you still do not find the information you are
seeking, contact your Unit Commissioner, he/she should be able to answer your
question or get you the information you want.
If you do not have or know your Unit Commissioner, contact your District Commissioner.
The District Training Chairperson and staff are also potential sources of information.
If you cannot reach any of these people call your
District Executive (Your DE should be the last person you consider calling. The
volunteers listed above are all specially trained to help you with your
problems, and they considerably lighten the load of the busy District