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Introduction to Cub Scouting

In Pack 181

Bradenton, Florida

Chartered By Kirkwood Presbyterian Church


Cub Scouts is for boys in first grade through fifth grade. Pack 181, draws most of its membership from Seabreeze Elementary School but we are also well represented by members from Palma Sola Elementary and several other schools.


The Purpose of Cub Scouting

Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program designed to achieve ten purposes:


Character Development

Sportsmanship & Fitness

Personal Achievement

Preparation for Boy Scouts

Spiritual Development

Family Understanding

Friendly Service

Good Citizenship

Respectful Relationships

Fun and Adventure



The Cub Scout Organization


Den – A den is a group of 4 to 8 boys of the same school grade. Dens meet about three times a month. The den is led by a Den Leader (usually a parent) and is often assisted by an Assistant Den Leader. Den meetings are a time for games, crafts, skits, songs, ceremonies & periodic fieldtrips. Den meetings are held in the function center of the Kirkwood Presbyterian church on Tuesday nights at 6:45 PM.


Pack – The Pack is made up of one or more dens. The Pack meets once a month – all Cub Scout families are encouraged to attend as this is when the boys receive their achievement awards (recognition is a very important part of Cub scouting). The Cub master leads the Pack Meeting. Pack Meetings have games, skits, songs, ceremonies and presentation of the badges and other awards that the boys have earned the prior month. Our Pack Meetings are generally held on the last Tuesday of the month at the same location as the den meetings.


Committee – The Pack Committee is made up of Den Leaders, Pack Leaders and parents. The Committee meets twice a month and is led by the Committee Chairperson. The Committee selects and approves the leadership, organizes pack functions, performs record keeping, manages the pack finances, orders badges, maintains pack equipment, helps train leaders and recognizes volunteers.


Charter Organization –The Charter Organization can be a school, PTO, religious organization, service club or other organization interested in youth. Charter Organizations approve the leadership, help secure meeting places and keep the operations of their pack within the Boy Scouts of America and their own guidelines and policies. Our Charter organization is Kirkwood Presbyterian Church.


District Our pack is part of the Manatee District. Our District supports us by organizing larger scale activities such as campouts for our youth and training for our adults.


Council The Manatee District is part of the Southwest Florida Council, headquartered in Fort Myers. There are three additional districts in our council covering Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, De Soto, and Hendry Counties.



The Advancement Plan




Tiger Cubs – For First Graders – Motto: Search, Discover, Share. Each boy participates with his adult partner in family oriented activities. Tigers have Den Meetings once or twice a month, a monthly “go see it” and attend and participate in the monthly Pack Meeting.





Bobcat After Tiger Cubs, all boys regardless of school grade earn the Bobcat badge first. This is earned by learning the Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack, handshake, salute, motto, and the meaning of “Webelos.” After receiving the Bobcat badge, the boys work on the rank requirements based on his school grade.





Wolf – Second Grade boys work on 12 achievements to earn the Wolf badge. After receiving his Wolf badge, a boy can be recognized for working on electives. For every 10 electives a boy completes he earns an Arrow Point. Achievements and Electives can be completed at home or in weekly den meetings.





Bear – Third Grade boys work on 12 achievements to earn the Bear badge. After receiving his Bear badge, a boy can be recognized for working on electives. For every 10 electives a boy completes he earns an Arrow Point. Achievements and Electives can be completed at home or in weekly den meetings.





Webelos Scouts - Fourth & Fifth grade boys work on the requirements for the Webelos Badge, 20 activity badges and the Arrow of Light (the highest award in Cub Scouting) which prepares him for transitioning to Boy Scouts.







Cub Scouting Activities and Events


Service Projects The foundation for helping boys become good citizens is to teach them the value of service to others.

• Scouting For Food - A national food drive to benefit local food banks.

• Christmas caroling to shut-ins in December

• Disaster relief fundraising


Camping and Outdoor Activities Camping and outdoor adventure are methods that we use to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.

• Cub Scout Breakfast Hike – District sponsored hike held in late September at Camp Flying Eagle, $3.00 fee included a patch, snack and fun.

• Tiger Tumble – District sponsored outing in October for the Tiger cubs and their adult partner. This year held at Camp Flying Eagle $3.00 fee covered games, crafts, snack and patch.

• Cub Parent Overnighter – Council sponsored one night camping trip for the boy and an adult partner. Three dates between October and December to choose from. The $30 per person fee covers t-shirts, patches, two meals, and all activities: BB guns, archery, crafts, games, etc.

• Pack Family Camping – In addition to the Council sponsored campouts, we also try to go camping as a pack at least a couple of times a year. This gives the boys the opportunity to experience camaraderie with their fellow pack members outside of the traditional meeting place.

• Resident Camp – Memorial Day Weekend, Council sponsored two night family campout. Leatherwork, swimming, BB gun, archery, fishing, games, campfire program and more. $40 per person ($25 siblings) includes four meals and t-shirts.

• Day Camp – Five days during June, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sports, crafts, nature lessons, scout skills, BB guns, archery and swimming. Estimated at $85 per scout this year.

• Summer Activities –The Pack plans a variety of summer activities for the whole family. Examples are hiking, picnics, skating, museum outings, and swimming. Cost is kept to a minimum.


Blue and Gold Banquet – This is the annual birthday party celebrating the founding of the Scouting Program. This is our jazzed up February Pack Meeting with a dinner and special ceremony.


Pinewood Derby This is a parent and son project to build a race car from a block of wood. We usually include a pizza dinner with the race held at our March Pack Meeting.


Religious Emblems Program The Scouting movement encourages its members to be faithful in the practice of their religion. The Cub Scout Promise calls upon its members to pledge themselves to do their duty to God. The Boy Scouts of America does not define what constitutes a belief in God or the practice of religion. Most of the major religions in the United States have programs to recognize Cub Scouts who demonstrate faith, observance to creeds or principals of faith and give service to their church. Cub Scouts work with their own religious leaders and receive the award from that religious group.


Cub Sports and Academics Program These programs are designed to encouraged boys to become more proficient and pursue a learning process in various academic subjects as well as team sports. Choose from 20 sports and 10 academic subjects to complete at Scout events, at home or in the community. All have great recognition items. Detailed information available at http://www.geocities.com/cybercubber/academics-sports.html



What will Cub Scouting Cost?

• Annual Pack Dues are $60.00 per year or 30.00 bi-annually. This fee includes a National registration fee, Cub Scout Handbook and pack dues as well as a subscription to Boys life magazine. Members joining midyear are pro-rated. Due’s also help pay for awards and advancements.



Financial Help is available.

Confidential inquiries can be made to Cubmaster Patty Elkins at 941-580-7201




Uniforms - Pack 181 encourages all of our Boys and Adult Leaders to wear a uniform shirt with neckerchief and identification patches. The cost will be about $35.00 for the youth. Other uniform items are shorts, belts, hats and socks. The Blue uniform can be worn from first grade through fifth grade. Many Cub Scouts change to the Khaki uniform during the fourth or fifth grade, when they are Webelos. The Khaki uniform is what the boys will wear in Boy Scouts.


Uniform Sources:

1. Children’s World – 2033 Bahia Vista, Sarasota - phone 955-6999

2. Thrift Stores and Consignment shops

3. e-bay




• There may be cost associated with fieldtrips, outings and camping.



• Time with your son - Priceless






How Can You Help


Scouting operates through volunteer leadership. Naturally parents are the primary source of leaders in the Scouting programs. You volunteer not only to serve Scouting, but also to server your son and his friends and to have a positive influence on the youth of our community.


In order to operate efficiently and provide the best possible program each year we ask at least one adult from each family to help with at least one event each year.




Being a leader is fun, challenging and rewarding.

Some positions that need to be filled are short term and others are for the entire year.

• Den Leaders and Assistant Den Leaders

• Pack Committee Members

• Outings/Camping Committee

• Blue & Gold Planning Committee

• Pinewood Derby Committee

• Popcorn Sales Leader

• Service Project Coordinator


You are not alone. There are many sources for assistance and training to help you to be a scouting volunteer.

• “Fast Start” training is available on the council’s web site to explain the basic structure of the den and pack meeting.

• “Program Helps” is printed material used to plan the weekly den and the monthly pack meetings.

• “Cub Scout Leader’s Basic & Specifics Training” is offered three times: September, October and January.

• Outdoor Orientation training is available in October.

• Monthly Roundtable meetings for all pack leaders are held the first Thursday of the month.


Help is just a phone call away

Cubmaster Patty Elkins 941-580-7201

The internet is also an unending source of help

Use your favorite search engine or visit some of these sites:



Council http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/default.asp

National BSA http://www.scouting.org

Virtual Leader’s Handbook http://www.geocities.com/cybercubber/home.html

Skits http://www.troop836.org/www/skitbook1.htm

Scout X-ing http://www.scoutxing.com

US Scouts http://www.usscouts.org

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