Hello new (and potential) Cub Scout families. Hopefully this email should answer most of your questions about the mechanics of joining Cub Scouts. If you have any others, please feel free to send me an email or give me a call.
Even if you missed our recruiting events it's never too late to join!
Topics covered in this note:
- Pack Meetings
- Den Meetings
- Pack Leaders
- Uniform and Supplies
- The Bobcat Badge
- One per month, all boys from all dens 1st-5th grade.
- Fridays at 6:30 unless otherwise noted. About half are at Wilmot Elementary and half are at other locations.
- Blue uniforms should be worn to Pack meetings unless we say otherwise in the announcement
- Some pack meetings have Bake Sales run by den parents, usually selling pizza, drinks, and snacks. All the proceeds go to your den account. Note: September's pack meeting will not have a bake sale.
- Pack meetings should attended by at least one parent, but many of the activities are geared towards the whole family, so feel free to bring all your kids to meetings such as the October Fall Harvest Farm meeting and the Xtreme Tramoline meeting. Siblings also enjoy watching the Pinewood Derby and Raingutter Regatta races we have, and if not there are always the pizza and doughnuts to keep them occupied (see above).
- One or two per month, just the boys in your grade
- Den meeting schedules are posted on the website
- Uniforms should be worn to den meetings
- Your den leader may put out a schedule for you to help with one or two den meetings during the year.
- Your den leader may collect a den due to cover den supply costs
- Den Leaders:
> 1st grade (Tiger): Kate Houston
> 2nd grade (Wolf): Jen Gandy
> 3rd grade (Bear): Kerry Martin, Stephen Brooks, Beth Gardner
> 4th grade (Webelos 1): Greg Segall & Michael Drumke
> 5th grade (Webelos 2): Mike Durbala
- Cub Master: George Shapkarov
- Awards Chair: Kate Houston
- Treasurer: Abbey Perkins
- Pack Committee Chair: Stephen Brooks
Uniforms & Supplies
We will provide you with the Scout Handbook, neckerchief, slide, and our Pack 50 "Class B" yellow t-shirt.
Here's what you will need to get before your first meeting:
- Blue Scout Shirt
- Uniform Patches (The Scout Store will know what to give you, tell them your son's grade, their Pack Number ("50"), and their den number (1st grade - "3" , 2nd - "2", 3rd - "1", 4th - "8", 5th - "5")
- Red Brag Vest (this is where your son will display all his patches)
- Round NE Illinois Council Patch (centered on back of brag vest)
- Cub Scout Hat
Note: Most Scouts do not purchase official Scout pants, belts, or socks.
All supplies can be purchased at the Scouting Store, 2745 Skokie Valley Road (Route 41), Highland Park, IL. It is on the east side of Route 41 approximately 1/8th of a mile north of Route 22. See the website for hours: http://www.neic.org/scoutshop
The Bobcat Badge
The first thing that all new scouts need to do is to follow the steps to earn the Bobcat badge. You can find these in the first sections of your scout handbook. 1st graders will cover this in their first den meetings, den leaders for older scouts may cover these as a review in the first meeting as well, but you should plan on going over them with your scout, and when he has completed them you can inform the den leader. Your son will then receive their Bobcat badge in a ceremony at the October pack meeting.
- If you haven't yet given us an application, I have attached one that you can fill out for your son. You can scan and email back to me, mail it, or drop it off at my house. Remember to sign at the bottom right.
- We also need $25 for pack dues for the period from Sept-Jan. After that you will pay full year dues ($50) in January of each year.
- You don't have have to be a kid to join Cub Scouts - adults can join too. Pack parents help out in den and pack activities, but if you want to join the pack leadership to plan future events for the boys, we'd love to have you join the pack as a volunteer. We have attached an adult application below, and signing up as an adult member is free!
The annual fee that we charge covers the amount we pay to the Boy Scouts of America for their overall organization fees. We run one fundraiser (Trail's End Popcorn sales) every year in September and October to cover the books, slides, t-shirts, awards, derby cars, and other pack costs. We do not pressure the boys on how much they should sell, but most boys love taking part in the sale and competing to win prizes for sales. There will be more details at our first Pack Meeting.
George Shapkarov, Cubmaster Stephen Brooks, Committee Chair