New Scout FAQs
- What makes scouting a good choice?
- How old do you have to be?
- How often will we meet?
- Where will we meet?
- How much does it cost to join?
- What about uniforms?
- What responsibilities are involved with being a cub scout parent?
- Who is our den leader?
- What responsibilities are involved with being a leader or assistant?
Scouts can experience things that can be hard find in other activities like sports. They build self reliance and confidence as they work through the ranks and learn new skills. There is a commitment to service projects and a drive to be a valuable part of the community. The boys learn to work to pay their own way by selling popcorn or washing cars, etc. to pay for camping or outings and other cool stuff.
Pack 306 is made up of boys in the first through fifth grades on the Tisdale side of
Ramsey. Midway through fifth grade, Cubs “bridge” aka graduate to Boy Scouts.
The whole pack meets once per month, and individual dens (grades) have additional meetings or trips once or twice per month. Think of a Cub Scout DEN as their grade. First grade is Tiger, next year they will be 2nd grade which is Wolf. 3rd is Bears, 4th is Webelos, 5th is AOL. Finally, in the winter of 5th grade they will “bridge” to Boy Scouts.
Pack and Den meetings are usually held at Tisdale, in various rooms and time slots that we have reserved with the Board of Ed. Once leaders are established, a rough schedule can be planned based on their availability and the availability of reserved slots.
We are overdue to raise our fees and will likely do so next year, but this year fees are as follows:
The BSA fee is $42, plus our fee of $43. That’s $85 plus your book and uniform costs (prices vary).
First, Second, and Third Grades wear Blue uniform shirts, consider buying them a bit big so they can wear them for three years. They also wear rank specific caps, neckerchiefs and “slides” which are almost like napkin rings. We allow our PACK 306 Scouts to wear their own regular bottoms. Also not required, but consider buying a cub scout belt because their awards are metal belt loops that slide over a belt. You can buy it all at the Ramsey outdoor store. They are very helpful. Checkout our website http://pack306.com/news/badge-placement/ for patch placement and solutions for getting the patches on, including “the patch lady.”
You are considered the child’s “adult partner” and you are an important part of their scouting experience. In sports, you watch your kids sporting events and prep them for games. In scouting, you watch your kids work and prep them for meetings. It is very similar. Every den parent will be asked to contribute to the den meetings in some way, perhaps by leading the requirement piece of a den meeting once per year. The Pack will ask you to volunteer in fundraisers and service projects.
New, 1st grade Tigers will need a leader. We need volunteers. Just like there can be no team without coaches, there can be no den without leaders. Please consider being a Den Leader or Assistant Den Leader.
The leaders are the keeper of the leader binder, which we pass on to you. It includes den meeting plans that you can use or adjust to help the den have one or more meeting per month during the school year. Parents are encouraged to hold one meeting per year. The leaders and assistants track requirements and awards earned. One leader would represent you at our PACK committee meetings (held once or less per month). In addition, the BSA requires leaders to take the 30-45 min online Youth Protection Training, and renew it once every other year. It is intended to ensure the safety of our children.