- New Cub Scouts and New Cub Scout Parents Frequently Asked Questions
New Cub Scouts and New Cub Scout Parents
Frequently Asked Questions
Stow Cub Scouts Pack 39
Who can join Cub Scouts?
Boys and girls entering Kindergarten can join as a “Lion” scouts. Kids entering 1st through the 5th grade can join Cub Scouts and join an established group, or “den”, of other kids his age. Boys and girls are required to be in separate dens with separate leaders but may run joint den meetings.
- Kindergarten – Lion rank
- 1st Grade – Tiger rank
- 2nd Grade – Wolf rank
- 3rd Grade – Bear rank
- 4th Grade – Webelos rank
- 5th Grade – Arrow of Light (AOL) rank
Where are the meetings?
Regular pack meetings are usually held at St. Isidore’s Church. Other pack events sometimes occur in parks, at conservation land, or in places like museums, historical parks, etc.
Den meetings might be held at St. Isidore’s, in people’s homes, or outside.
How often are the meetings?
Pack meetings are held about once a month, starting in September and ending in May. They are about 1 to 1 ½ hours long. Den meetings are typically held twice a month or more, and usually last 1 to 1 ½ hours.
How much does it cost to be in Cub Scouts in Stow?
The total yearly registration cost is $75 (check payable to “Pack 39 Stow”). During the registration process, you can add a subscription to Boy’s Life for an additional $12. This is a national Scout publication aimed at kids between 7 and 18 with stories about scouts, goofy jokes, tales of bravery, etc.
Den dues vary from den to den (and rank to rank). They’re typically anywhere from $10 – $30 for the costs of projects and activities the den undertakes throughout the year. These are collected by Den Leaders and are not due during the registration process.
Lion scouts just have a tee shirt to wear. Cub Scout uniforms (beginning with Tiger Scouts) cost about $63 and are available at the Maynard Outdoor Store, the Scout Store in Lancaster, MA, the Scout Store in Southboro, and online at http://scoutstuff.org. Handbooks cost $13 (traditional binding) or $19 if you want it coil-bound (easier to lay flat on a table!). Each year a new handbook of the proper rank is recommended, but uniforms can be used for multiple years so try to purchase one a little big. Pack 39 tries to keep the cost of scouting down; we require a minimum uniform and hand down neckerchiefs, slides and caps when available. See http://Pack39Stow.org/resourceslinks/new-scouts/ for full listing of needed supplies.
There is also one optional Overnight Trip costing approximately $50-60 per person depending on location. Families can defer this cost by selling popcorn which most boys take advantage of.
(Financial assistance is available for families in need. Please inquire.)
What is the parents’ time commitment?
One parent must stay with Lion/Tiger Scouts for each meeting. The follow-on years, it is strongly recommended but not required that a parent be present at each meeting.
There are tasks that the boy needs to complete each year to advance to the next level. These tasks are most often completed with a parent. Examples of these tasks include planning and cooking a meal for the family, learning about a mythical figure from American history, or learning the rules for a sport.
In addition, there will be projects that are designed for a boy and a parent to do together: make a Pinewood derby car, go on the Breakfast hike, etc.
With the den, there are also times when you will go somewhere, for instance, the police or fire station, a local radio station or newspaper, or a high school sports event. Parents should plan to accompany their sons on these trips.
The Pack also usually goes on one overnight excursion per year. We have gone to Higgins Armory, the Boston Museum of Science and Battleship Cove. A parent needs to accompany the boy on these excursions.
Our main fundraiser is the selling of popcorn. Cub Scouts and their families can participate at whatever level is right for them. There are opportunities to sell popcorn at Shaw’s in the shopping center and a parent should be present for that and if the Cub Scout sells popcorn in the neighborhood.
We ask that each family volunteer at least 2 hours per year, doing such things as helping set up or clean up for an event, etc. Remember that your son’s Cub Scout experience is the direct result of volunteer hours from you and other parents!
Each Den has a volunteer leader and assistant. Consider volunteering for those posts if you can. Women and men can be volunteers and leaders.
What can you expect as benefits of joining Cub Scouts?
Here are some things that we, as parents, have found to be good about Cub Scouts:
- It gives boys and girls a way to learn important lessons that schools don’t normally teach (for example, what to do if you are lost.)
- It gives parents a structured way to talk to their sons and daughters about important lessons
- It gives kids interaction with adult leaders who aren’t teachers or parents
- It gives kids a chance to socialize outside of school and outside of their immediate age group
- It gives kids and their parents a chance to develop some basic skills such as whittling, making a bird house, etc.
- It gives kids and their parents fun and challenging activities that they can do together