PARENT INVOLVEMENT: THE KEY TO YOUR SON’S SUCCESS
One of the most critical elements of a successful Scouting experience are good Scout Parents. It is proven that boys whose parents actively support their activities in Scouting and that get involved perform better. You can make a HUGE difference in your son’s Scouting experience when you:
GUIDE YOUR CUB SCOUT: Help him to understand and accomplish the achievements required for each rank. Show interest in and appreciation for his accomplishments and the new things he is learning.
PLEASE BE SURE YOUR CUB SCOUT GETS TO EACH DEN AND PACK MEETING ON TIME AND IN UNIFORM: Please call your Den Leader if he will be absent or late for Den meetings or cannot attend the Pack meeting.
SUPPORT YOUR DEN LEADER: Take the initiative to ask how you can help with Den activities. Remind your scout to bring their handbook to each den meeting.
SCOUTTRACK: Make sure you can login to scouttrack and all information on scouttrack is up to date. This is also where you can log electives that you have done with your scout. You can also see their progress towards requirements to get their achievements.
HELP YOUR PACK GO - In order to successfully carry out the wide variety of activities throughout the year, we need help from EVERY Pack family. WE ASK THAT AN ADULT FROM EACH FAMILY WHO IS NOT ALREADY SERVING IN THE ROLE OF A DEN LEADER OR OTHER PACK LEADERSHIP ROLE VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH AT LEAST ONE PACK ACTIVITY DURING THE YEAR.
If you can help with more than one activity, that would be great! If you want to volunteer for a specific committee or activity such as camping, planning special outings, popcorn fundraiser, advancement, or many other opportunities, contact our Cubmaster Bill Finch or Pack Committee Chair Jennifer Pereira. WE WELCOME ALL WHO WANT TO GET INVOLVED!
The Scouts, the families, and the pack must work together to create a solid Scouting program. The Scouting program is an exercise in cooperation among all three. The pack cannot give your son a good program if the support of the parents and volunteers is lacking.
Participation by the Scouts in activities also leads to a better program. The following is expected from each part of the triad.
The Scout’s Obligations to the Pack
- Do My Best in everything I do.
- Obey the pack’s rules and regulations.
- Obey den leaders and assistant den leaders and follow their rules and regulations.
- Work on my achievements and electives and advance in a timely manner.
- Participate in Scout activities whenever possible.
- Respect others, their rights, and their property at all times. Show respect for the BSA. Treat the United States Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance with equal respect.
- Be on time for all meetings and functions; it is not fair for the others to have to wait for me.
- Call my den leader or ask my parent to call if I cannot attend a meeting or function.
- Keep my uniform clean and in good repair with all my insignia properly placed.
- Wear my uniform proudly to all events and functions unless told otherwise by my den leader.
Parental Obligations to the Pack
- Work with your son on his achievements and electives. Scouting is a “family affair” and he cannot do it alone. If assistance is needed, ask your son’s den leader.
- Accompany your son to the monthly pack meeting. One parent is required, but the entire family is welcome. We expect any younger siblings to be supervised and not allowed to cause a distraction during the pack meeting.
- Escort your son into the den meeting room. Sign your son in, and follow any instructions on the sign-in sheet. Make sure the leader is there and no last minute changes have been made. If you do stay for the meeting, pick up your son on time, sign him out, and follow any instructions on the sign-out sheet.
- Volunteer and become involved. When we ask for parental assistance there is a reason: The more active and involved you are, the more you and your son will enjoy the Cub Scout experience.
- Voice your opinions, thoughts, and comments any leader or committee member. The only way the program can be improved is to know what you and your son wants.
- Let us know of any problems as soon as they occur. Don’t wait. We cannot know about something that is upsetting you unless we are told.
The Pack’s Obligations to You and Your Son
- Provide a solid Scouting program that you can both be proud of.
- Provide the means of advancement in a timely manner for the Scouts.
- Provide quality trained den leaders.
- Provide the opportunity to participate in various outings and activities.
- Provide a safe Scouting environment and meeting place.
- Communicate news and current Scout events to you in a timely manner.
Parent Check List
✓ Read the entire Welcome Packet - Be an Informed Scout Parent.
✓ Required Forms - please turn in to Pack Committee Chair or Den Leader
- Scout Registration Form (For New Members Only)
- Completed Medical Form
- Completed Parent Talent Survey
- Completed Photography and texting release
- T-shirt form
NOTE: Please make checks out to PACK 817
✓ Scout Track
Once forms are turned in, your scout will be set up in Scouttrack and you will receive a login email.
Login to scouttrack and update and confirm all of your family contact information.
View scouttrack calendar for all upcoming Pack activities and put in your family calendar.
✓ Help Out
We are always looking for volunteers. Many opportunities are available and you can ask the Pack Committee Chair or Den Leader. We always have something to be done and every bit helps us to be more successful.
✓ Uniform Check
Visit a local scout shop or online to purchase uniform and Cub Scout handbook.
Are all required patches and current ranks sewn on neatly?
Does my son have all parts of his Class A uniform?
Does his uniform still fit properly?
✓ Cub Scout Handbook
The handbooks contain information about the various achievements and activities for each rank. Each Cub Scout should have his own handbook. Each parent is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the handbook. Please review the first section in each Cub Scout rank’s handbook that deals with Youth Protection.