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This Parent Guide provides you with answers to questions about Pack 306’s program. In it, you will find information about uniforms, awards, dues, meetings and special events, and the role of parents in Cub Scouting. If you have any questions not answered in this brief Guide, please contact your son’s Den Leader or one of the Pack leaders.


The Cub Scouting Organization


Cub Scout Pack 306 is made up of boys and their families from across Arlington with the bulk of the pack families from the Peirce, Stratton, or Bishop school districts. Our program depends entirely on the planning and participation of parents who make up the leadership of the Pack and help support activities throughout the year.

Pack 306 consists of several small groups of about five to ten boys called Dens. Boys are grouped into Dens by grade level.

First graders and their adult partners form the Tiger Cub Den(s).
Second graders and their adult partners form the Wolf Cub Den(s).
Third graders and their adult partners form the Bear Cub  Den(s). 

Fourth and Fifth graders belong to Webelos Dens and take part in more challenging experiences, such as overnight Den camping with parents, which helps them prepare to enter Boy Scouts at the end of fifth grade.

Boys may join Cub Scouts at any age. For example, they do not have to have been a Wolf to join a Bear Den.

Each Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Den has an adult Den Leader and an Assistant Den Leader or other adult helper who plans the Den’s activities. These leaders are themselves parents of boys in the Cub Scout program and they depend on the support and assistance of all the other parents in their Dens.

All Dens meet twice a month, once as a Den and once at the monthly Pack meeting.

All the Dens together form Pack 306. We meet as a Pack once each month. The Pack is led by a committee of parents.

Cub Scout Meetings


We welcome and encourage you to participate in our Cub Scout meetings during the year. All meetings, outings, and events are open to any parent at any time.

Den meetings. Dens meet at least once a month. At least two adults are required to be present at each Den meeting, which should generally be the Den Leader and Assistant Den Leader. If your Den does not have a designated Assistant Den Leader, your Den Leader will need your help to serve as an assistant during the year.  The Den Leader chooses the date and time of the Den meetings.

Pack meetings. Pack meetings are for all the boys of Pack 306 and their families. We encourage the whole family to attend the Pack meeting; we expect at least one parent will attend each Pack meeting with his or her Cub Scout. Unless announced differently, Pack meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month in the auditorium of the First Baptist Church on Mass. Ave from 7:00-8:00 p.m. You will find that we strive to begin each meeting at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Please plan to arrive a little early for each meeting.

Special events. Almost every month, we try to have planned special events and outings. In the past, these included a fall hike, Museum of Science camp-in, Cub Olympics and the Franklin Park Zoo/Stone Zoo/USS Massachusetts/Family Camping sleepovers. You and your entire family are encouraged to participate in these events whenever your schedule permits. Some of these events require advance registration and an additional fee. Details will be announced at Pack meetings, listed on the Pack website calendar or you can contact your Den Leader or Cubmaster for further information.

Leader meetings. The leaders of Pack 306 meet once each month to discuss organizational matters, future events and exchange ideas. In addition, a monthly council roundtable is held the second Thursday of each month for scout leaders from the surrounding Boston area.

A schedule of Pack meetings and events for the Scouting year can be found on the Pack's website.

Why Uniforming?


The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. There are many reasons for this. One reason stands out above all the rest. We wear the uniform because it is a means of identifying ourselves openly with the principles to which we are committed - character development, citizenship training, and physical and mental fitness.

The fact that youth and adult members of Scouting wear a uniform doesn't mean that we're all alike. We come from different ethnic and racial backgrounds. We have our own religious beliefs and political views. We are each individuals with our own family traditions and loyalties. So the uniform is not intended to hide our individuality. But it is a way we give each other strength and support. It is a bond that ties us together in spite of our differences. It is a way of making visible our commitment to [spiritual] belief, loyalty to country, and to helping other people.

The Scouting movement is built on positive values. As we wear the uniform, we are openly identifying ourselves with those values where everyone can see us. We stand together, not alone, in encouraging others to live by those same principles. Boys and adults alike should take pride in belonging to such a movement and wear the uniform as it is intended.

Uniform Requirements and Styles


Each Cub Scout will need his own uniform. (The pack provides the neckerchief and slide as well as the Handbook for each rank so you do not need to purchase them.)

Uniforms and other scouting supplies can be purchased from the...

Woburn Scout Shop (“Scout Store”)
600 West Cummings Park  (Next to Little Folks Day School)
Woburn, MA 01801
ph: 781-937-4282 

Store hours are:
M-F 9:30 - 6:00 
Sa    9:30-3:00
Su Closed 


Scout Store staff are very helpful if you have any questions about uniforms or anything else related to Cub Scouting.

Although the official BSA policy requires uniform pants and a hat, Pack 306 does not require you to purchase the official pants and hat. Any dark blue pants (preferably other than jeans) can be worn with the uniform.

Tiger Cub Uniform

For Tiger Cubs, the uniform consists of a blue Cub Scout Uniform shirt and matching orange hat and neckerchief. Tiger Cubs who earn Academic or Sports belt loops will need to obtain the official Tiger Cub belt.

Since the blue Cub Scout shirt can be worn from first grade through fifth grade, we recommend parents of boys just starting Cub Scouts in second or third grade to purchase a shirt that will allow plenty of room for growth. We also recommend that you buy a short sleeve uniform shirt. During winter months, scouts can wear a turtle-neck or sweatshirt under their shirt for extra warmth. 
Tiger Uniform  

Wolf UniformBear Uniform Wolf and Bear Cub Scout Uniform

Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts wear the blue Cub Scout uniform shirt. The uniform consists of the uniform shirt, selected patches (see “Patches” below), a neckerchief for their age-level (yellow for Wolves, blue for Bears), a neckerchief slide, official blue belt, and yellow-and-blue Cub Scout cap.

Webelos Uniform

The Webelos uniform consists of the uniform shirt, selected patches (see “Patches” below), the Webelos neckerchief, the Webelos neckerchief slide, uniform belt, and dark green Webelos cap. Webelos Scouts may either wear the blue Cub Scout uniform or the khaki-and-tan Boy Scout uniform. Again, dark blue pants are to be worn with the blue Cub Scout uniform and dark green or khaki pants with the tan uniform shirt. The Webelos uniform is the same for both fourth and fifth graders.
Webelos Uniform

Patches. When purchasing a uniform, Cub Scouts and Webelos also need to obtain several patches:
1. 
World Crest emblem 

 World Crest  

2.


Boston Minuteman Council strip
Changed to Spirit of Adventure Council
(2015) - Either one is acceptable

 Boston Minuteman Council strip
3. 
Den Number patch
(Ask your Den Leader for Den Number)

 Your Den Number, Ask Your Den Leader
4. 
Pack numerals 

 Pack 306

Placement of Patches. Patches are designed to be sewn onto the uniform. Guides for patch placement can be found inside the front and back covers of the Wolf and Bear books. Note that only one “temporary patch” is permitted on the uniform at a time (and then only on the right pocket). Temporary patches include those from the Cub Olympics, day camp, Museum of Science Camp-In, and so forth.
Handbooks. Pack 306 provides each Scout with a handbook. We recommend parents familiarize themselves with their son’s book.

Wearing the Uniform. Cub Scouts should wear their uniform at all Den meetings, Pack meetings, and outings. We also expect that boys will wear their Cub Scout shirts tucked into their pants.

Finances and Dues


The Boys Scouts of America (BSA), to which Pack 306 belongs, is a non-profit organization. Pack 306 receives no funding from BSA or the Boston Council of the BSA. Pack 306 must be self-supporting and free of debt. Although all of our leadership consists of volunteers, we must ensure we have the funds to support the main activities of the Pack, including leader training, awards, Pinewood Derby, and Blue and Gold Dinner. We must also pay the BSA a registration fee for each boy to cover insurance costs and Council programs.

Pack 306’s annual registration dues are currently $70 per boy (with a graduated scale for families with more than one active/participating Cub Scout). Of this amount, approximately $30 goes to the Boston Council for insurance and council support, and $12 for a subscription to Boy’s Life, the monthly magazine for boys. With the remaining funds, as well as funds raised through popcorn sales, the Pack provides for other activities.

In addition to annual registration dues, there are several other costs: Each scout needs a uniform, the essential items of which can cost about $60. A variety of optional outings may require an additional fee - such as sleepovers, kayaking, and summer day camp. Although each family’s total scouting expenses will depend on the optional activities you choose, and the size of your family, a typical year in Cub Scouting might cost over $200 for a family.

Estimated Family Costs for a “Typical” Cub Scouting Year
Registration:  $70 
Uniform (one-time fee):  $60 
One Sleepover (parent & scout):   $90*
Outing (parent & scout):   $40*
 TOTAL:   $260 
(*Denotes an optional outing or expense)

Pack 306 is committed to ensuring that every boy can get the Cub Scouting experience without regard to family financial circumstances. If at any time such circumstances would prevent your son’s participation in any Cub Scouting activity, please contact the Cubmaster or other leader. All requests will be treated confidentially.

Parent Responsibilities


The adult leaders of Pack 306 do their best to provide a quality program. It must be kept in mind, though, that they are volunteers and have many other obligations outside of Cub Scouting. For your son to get the most of our Cub Scouting, he will also need to depend on you, both to help him, and to help the Cub Scout program of which he is a part. We expect every parent to help the Pack in some capacity. The most important job is Den Leader, but there are many other areas where your help in running the Pack is needed and appreciated.

The following guidelines are designed to help you and your son get the most out of Cub Scouting:
  • Be on Time. Please arrive at all meetings and events on time. Also, unless arrangements have been made with your Den Leader, please be prompt to pick-up your son from Den meetings.
  • Read Your Handbook. Support your son’s involvement in Cub Scouting by becoming familiar with his advancement requirements. If you read through his handbook, you will be better prepared to support his efforts to “do his best.”
  • Report an Absence Ahead of Time. Den Leaders spend a lot of time preparing for Den and Pack activities that include your son. If your son will be unable to attend a Pack or Den meeting, please let your Den Leader know as soon as possible.
  • Reinforce Good Conduct During Meetings. Parents share with Cub Scout leaders responsibility for ensuring proper conduct by their boys. Please stress that good behavior is part of being a Cub Scout, and set a good example by being respectful of others during Pack meetings.
  • Support Good Turns. The Pack and Dens will provide opportunities for boys to give service to the community. We ask that you support these opportunities for your boys to learn the art of giving.
  • Be in Uniform. Please make sure that your boy is in uniform for all Cub Scout meetings and events. Support his accomplishments by seeing that his advancement patches promptly become part of his uniform.
  • Participate. Your son will get more out of Cub Scouting if you get involved. You are expected to volunteer in some way during the year. You should also take your share in organizing Den meetings and working with the Den Leader of your son's Den. Cub Scouting is only successful when parents participate actively.

100% Advancement Goal


Pack 306 offers these guidelines to help Cub Scouts and their parents monitor progress toward rank. Following this timetable will ensure that your Scout earns his rank this year. Every boy deserves the chance to advance!

Wolf* (2nd Grade) Bear* (3rd Grade) Webelos** (4th Grade) Arrow of Light*** (5th Grade)
October 1st Yellow Bead 1st Red Bead 1st Activity Badge 6th & 7th Activity Badges
December 2nd Yellow Bead 2nd Red Bead 2nd & 3rd Activity Badges 8th Activity Badge
February 3rd Yellow Bead 3rd Red Bead All Other Requirements for the Webelos Badge All Other Requirements for the Arrow of Light
April 4th Yellow Bead 4th Red Bead 4th & 5th Activity Badges

* Wolves and Bears earn one bead for every three achievements they complete. 
** At least one of the three activity badges for Webelos must be Fitness.
*** To earn the Arrow of Light, scouts must have first earned the Webelos badge. The total of eight activity badges must include Fitness, Readyman, and Citizen, and three others from specific groups outlined in the handbook.

Scouts are always encouraged to complete their rank ahead of this schedule. Scouts who complete their rank earlier can continue to earn Arrow points (for Wolves and Bears) or Compass Points (for Webelos).

Non-Discrimination Policy


The local Boston Minuteman Council, of which Pack 306 is a member, does not support the national organizations stance and has a separate policy of non-discrimination.    The local Council’s policy is as follows:

 

POLICY OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

 

            The mission of the Boston Minuteman Council, Boy Scouts of America is to

provide character development, citizenship training, growth in physical and mental

fitness, and leadership opportunities for the young people of the Boston metropolitan

area.  We pride ourselves on the diversity of our members, and we are committed to

providing young people with an educational and stimulating environment in which to

learn and grow.  Through the Scout Oath and Law, we pledge to respect all people and to

defend the rights of others.  Bias, intolerance and unlawful discrimination are

unacceptable within the ranks of the Boston Minuteman Council.

 

 

            The Boston Minuteman Council serves over 20,000 youth through 3,000

volunteers in over 400 Packs, Troops and other units without regard to color, race,

religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or economic status.

Youth Protection Policies


Pack 306 is committed to seeing that all scouts have a safe and fun experience in our program. In order to protect the well-being of all our scouts, Pack 306 adheres to several important policies. These policies include:
  • No one-on-one contact. No individual adult is ever to be alone with an individual scout other than the adult’s own son.
  • No secret meetings. All scout meetings and outings are always open to all parents.
  • Two-deep leadership. All Den and Pack meetings and outings must have two adults present.
  • Leader Screening. All leaders are subject to an extensive review process, including reference checks, interviews, and criminal records review.
  • Leader training. All our Den leaders have completed Cub Scout Basic Leader training, which includes training on youth protection guidelines. In addition, all leaders are required every other year to complete a special Youth Protection Training course offered by the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Reporting of Suspected Abuse. All scout leaders are obligated to report any suspicions of child or sexual abuse to the Boston Minuteman Council.
  • Parental Accompaniment of Tiger Cubs. Tiger Cubs must always have a parent or adult partner present at all activities.
  • Youth Awareness. At each level of the scouts’ advancement -- from the Bobcat through Webelos ranks -- parents are expected to discuss youth safety issues with their sons. In addition, the Boy Scouts of America has produced a videotape entitled “It Happened To Me” which is designed to teach boys how to be safe. The Pack makes times available for scouts to view this video in the company of their parents. Parents also have the opportunity to view the video in advance of any showing to the boys.

Pack 306 Scheduling Notes


  • Pack meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately one hour. All Pack meetings will be held in the auditorium of the First Baptist Church unless otherwise announced.
  • Pack meetings are for the entire family! Cub Scouts are expected to attend with at least one parent -- everyone in your family is welcome and encouraged to participate.
  • In order for a Cub Scout to receive an award at a monthly Pack meeting, parents must notify the Cub Scout’s Den Leader no fewer than eight days before the Pack meeting.
  • Cub Scouts are expected to wear their uniforms to all meetings and events. Uniform shirts should be worn tucked into pants.
  • You will receive a schedule of Den meetings from your Den Leader.
  • All Pack leaders meetings will be held in the library of the First Baptist Church, on the Monday 2 weeks prior to the Pack meeting, unless otherwise announced. Pack leaders’ meetings held at the church typically begin at 8:00 p.m.
  • Monthly summer events will be scheduled for July and August each year and will be announced in the spring.
  • For more information about Pack 306 events, please contact your Den Leader, the Cubmaster, or Assistant Cubmaster.