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1 Orientation Guide Southeast Louisiana Council Bayou District 1

2 Welcome Letter Dear Parents: We would like to welcome you to our pack. Cub Scouting offers your son the opportunity to grow physically and mentally, build character and leadership skills, develop good citizenship traits, and most importantly, have FUN. Our adult volunteer leaders are devoted to making your son's experience in Scouting one that will be remembered for many years to come. The parents of Cub Scouts are required to participate in the Pack's activities because we have found that this participation acts to strengthen the bond between parent and child. Your participation in the program also provides the Pack with the diversified experience of its members' parents. Also, please consider being some type of leader. There are many positions such as den leader, assistant den leader, secretary, pack committee member, activity coordinator, etc., available. If you ever have any questions about our program or desire to become a registered leader, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to sharing the wonderful world of Cub Scouting with you and your son, who will become a part of one of our country's finest traditions -Scouting! Yours in Scouting, Pack Leadership 2

3 Cub Scouting and Your Family The Cub Scout program helps to meet your boy's growth needs. As a boy develops, he has specific development needs such as: 1 To learn new physical skills. He can do this through games, sports, and crafts. As he develops his coordination, he gains a sense of worthiness and acceptance by his peers. 2 To learn to get along with boys of his same age. He needs to form friendships with other boys. He needs to learn how to balance giving and receiving affection if he is to relate well to his peers. He needs to belong to a group of boys his own age. Being a part of a Cub Scout den helps fulfill these needs. 3 To develop his mental processes. He can develop his mental process by reading, writing, and calculating. He needs opportunities to use language to express ideas and to influence others. He must move from a preoccupation with self to understanding how and what others think of him. Opportunities for observation and experimentation will help him learn self-reliance. Den activities and meetings, along with the advancement program, help him develop mentally. 4 To develop a value system. He is developing a sense of what is right and wrong and what is fair and unfair. He will do this by cooperating with other boys, by being taught, by examples of adults, and from positive reinforcement. He begins to develop democratic social attitudes. 5 To develop personal independence. He is becoming less dependent on adults. His same-age friends become important to him. In his den, and in the pack, he exercises his independence while learning to get along with others. Your son also needs to belong to a "group" of boys his own age. This group is a key component of the Cub Scout program. A den is like a neighborhood group of six or eight boys in which he will achieve status and recognition. As you learn more about how Cub Scouting works and what goes on in a den and a pack, you will see that the program helps your boy in these five important developmental needs. The uniqueness of Cub Scouting is that you, as his family, join the program with your boy. You will help him all along the way. 3

4 Boy Scout Alumni are: The Impact of Scouting 71% of football captains 65% of basketball captains 85% of student council presidents 88% of school newspaper editors 77% of editors of school annuals 80% of junior class presidents 89% of senior class presidents 65% of college graduates 65% of U.S. Congress 85% of Airline Pilots 72% of Rhodes scholars 85% of F.B.I. agents 26 of the first 29 astronauts 11 of the 12 who walked on the moon 108 of 172 astronauts were Boy Scouts, over half of the 108 attained Star, Life or Eagle rank For every 100 Youths involved in Scouting: 1 will use Scout skills to save a life 1 will use Scout skills to save his own life 2 will become Eagle Scouts 8 will enter professions first learned through the Merit Badge system 17 will become Scouting volunteers & pass their skills, inspiration, and leadership to others 18 will develop hobbies that will give them lifelong interests Only rarely will one appear in juvenile court. And yet, Scouting reaches only 25 percent of the youth in this country! 4

5 Rank Advancement Bobcat This is the first rank that each Cub Scoutmust earn. (All ages) Lion This is a Pilot Program focusing on Kindergarden ages boys. Tiger This Den will consist of First grade boys with their Adult Partner. Wolf This Den is for our Second grade boys. Hooowwlllll!!!!! Bear Third grade boys will have a great time in this Den. Webelos The Adventurers in this Den are in Fourth and Fith grade. Arrow of Light A Scout must be in Fifth grade to earn this Rank. 5

6 Meetings: Important Information Den Meetings Usually once per week as scheduled by the Den Leader Pack Meetings Usually once per month as scheduled by the Cubmaster Outings and Events: Field Trips Traveling to museums, the zoo, sporting events, etc. Service Projects Clean ups, working at the fair, visiting the nursing home, etc. The Great Outdoors Camping, fishing, hiking, campfires, etc. Cub Scout Events Blue and Gold Banquet, Pinewood derby, Space Derby, Rocket launch, etc. Fundraising Activities Popcorn sales, Camp Card sales, Car Washes, Dinners, etc. Annual Fees / Den Dues: The nonrefundable national registration fee is $24 for one year. ($2.00 / month) Each Scout can subscribe to Boy s Life Magazine for an additional $12.00 for one year ($1.00 / Month) Each Den may establish a Den Dues amount to be collected at each meeting. (Usually around $1.00 / Meeting) 6

7 Uniform Requirements The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. The uniform helps to create a sense of belonging. It symbolizes character development, citizenship training, and personnel fitness. It also affords the wearer opportunity for recognition of personal and group accomplishments. Wearing the uniform gives both youth and adult members a sense of identification with can commitment to the ideals of the worldwide scouting movement. The uniform is a visible reminder of each member s belief in God, loyalty to country, and desire to help others. Both youth and adult members should wear their uniform during all official Cub Scout activities. It was designed as an activity uniform for both indoor and outdoor scouting adventures. Our Pack recognizes the official Boy Scouts of America uniform requirements for Cub Scouting. This policy is a list of the ideal uniform standards for all of Scouting. We have discussed and adopted a modified version of the standards listed in that policy. The uniform can be purchased as listed in the requirements with the following changes: instead of the Official BSA Blue Trousers of Shorts; your scout can wear clean, dark blue jean pants or shorts. Cut-off shorts or faded or torn blue jeans should not be worn. Adult leaders should set an example and wear the standard BSA uniform. The uniform can be purchased at the SELA Scout Shop in Metairie, LA or by visiting 7

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