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Pack Committee

Committee Chair:
Angie Stadler
CubMaster:
Sean McEnroe
Membership:
Adrianna Pedraza
Webmaster:
Lorena Hassler

Useful Links


SCOUTTRACK

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

CIRCLE 10 COUNCIL

LONESTAR DISTRICT

CUB SCOUT AND WEBLOS SCOUT INSIGNIA

CUB SCOUTS NEW DELIVERY METHOD

DEN AND PACK MEETING RESOURCE GUIDE
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Pack News!

Welcome to our new Pack 531 members!

Please remember to turn in your Medical Forms A & B. All Scouts and Leaders must complete their Medical Form Parts A and B. The form can be downloaded from Scouttrack. Please include a copy of your medical card. Forms need to be turned into Adriana Pedraza by Thursday, October 17th. Thank you.

New Pack 531 T-Shirts – We are ordering new Class B shirts soon. Please complete a form to receive your t-shirt. Every scout will receive one free t-shirt, thanks to POPCORN sales. You can buy extra shirts for $10 each. See the attached flyer for more information.

Camp in Space – All Bears & Webelos and their parent/guardian are invited to come on this fantastic camp-in at the Johnson Space Center. Kara needs your commitment and payment as soon as possible. Please read the attached flyer for more information.

Fall Family Campout – Please email Heather McEnroe (hmcenroe@earthlink.net) if you are able to attend the Fall Family Campout on October 12-13. The cost will be $3/person or $12/family. Please RSVP before 10/7 and see below for more information.

Information about our Pack

When do you meet, and when can we visit? Please check the calender for the exact dates. Visitors are always welcome.

What is the pack size & den sizes? - We've got about 55 boys in the pack right now. There's 1 Wolf den (2nd grade), 2 Bear dens (3rd grade), 2 Webelos 1 dens (4th grade), and 2 Webelos 2 dens (5th grade).

Are there any specific requirements for joining? - There are no specific requirements, beyond those for joining BSA. We do use an online pack management tool called Scouttrack for advancement and a good portion of the pack scheduling and communication, so online access is very helpful, but not required.

What are your dues? - Pack 531 doesn't charge dues. There are usually relatively minor fees for specific events, like the campouts, but most pack expenses are covered by income from annual Cub Scout popcorn sales. Individual dens may charge dues to cover their activities, but that's a den decision (my son's den charged $5/month last year).

What do you have in the way of campouts & other activities (derbies, etc.)? - Pack 531 runs the Pinewood Derby, Space Derby, & Raingutter Regatta each year. We also hold a Spring and Fall Campout. In the past year, we went to Erwin Park in north McKinney and to Cubworld at Camp Wisdom in Duncanville. Beyond those events, the pack has a bike rodeo, Scouting for Food drive, a benevolence & caroling event at a local nursing home, a pack lock-in, a cake bake, and we usually have a float in the McKinney 4th of July parade. We also participate in summer day and resident camping events supported by the BSA Lonestar District.


Where do I put the uniform patches?

See the Insignia Guide for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts on the BSA's Scouting.org website under the Useful Links section.

 
Cub Scout Information 

What are the Cub Scout Ranks?

Cub Scouts are boys in grades 1 through 5. All Cub Scouts must first earn their Bobcat rank,
showing their knowledge of the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, the Cub Scout Oath,
the Cub Scout Motto, the Cub Scout handshake, the Cub Scout salute, the Cub Scout sign,
tell the meaning of WEBELOS, and a review with their parents about how to protect your
children from child abuse. At the end of their Webelos 2 year, the boys may also earn their
Arrow of Light and/or transition into a Boy Scout Troop.

  • Bobcat - All Cub Scouts must earn their Bobcat rank before they can earn any other rank.
  • Tiger - Tiger Cubs are in the 1st grade.
  • Wolf - Wolf Cubs are in the 2nd grade.
  • Bear - Bear Cubs are in the 3rd grade.
  • Webelos 1 - Webelos 1 Scouts are in the 4th grade.
  • Webelos 2 - Webelos 2 Scouts are in the 5th grade.

What exactly are the Bobcat Requirements?

  1. Learn and say theCUB SCOUT PROMISE and complete the Honesty Character Connection.
    1. Know: Discuss these questions with your family. What is a promise? What does it mean to "keep your word?" What does honesty mean? What does it mean to "do your best?"
    2. Commit: Discuss these questions with your family. Why is a promise important? Why is it important for people to trust you when you give your word? When might it be difficult to keep your word? List examples.
    3. Practice: Discuss with family members why it is important to be trustworthy and honest and how can you do your best to be honest when you are doing the activities in Cub Scouting.

    "I .....(name).... promise to do my best
    To do my duty to God and my country,
    To help other people, and
    To obey the Law of the Pack. "

  2. Say the LAW OF THE PACK. Tell what it means.

    "The Cub Scout follows Akela.
    The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
    The pack helps the Cub Scout Grow.
    The Cub Scout gives goodwill."

  3. Tell what WEBELOS means:

    "WE'll BE LOyal Scouts "

    Note: WEBELOS is an acronym. Singular is a Webelos Scout; Plural is Webelos Scouts.

  4. Show the CUB SCOUT SIGN. Tell what it means.
    [Webelos: Make the CUB SCOUT SIGN. Tell what it means.]
  5. Show the CUB SCOUT HANDSHAKE. Tell what it means.
  6. Say the CUB SCOUT MOTTO. A motto is a guiding principle.

    "Do Your Best"

  7. Give the CUB SCOUT SALUTE. Tell what it means.
  8. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the booklet,
    How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse.
    Tiger Cub: With your adult partner, complete "A Bobcat Requirement" in front of the Contents pages of this handbook.]
    [Webelos: With your parent or guardian, complete the Bobcat Requirements section of "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide").
    (The guide is a pull-out section that came in the front of this book.)
    ]
 
For advancements and updated calendar, please visit: www.Scouttrack.com
Scouttrack is a password protected online advancement tracking service. Check Scouttrack frequently to view your scout's progress and to view the most up to date calendar.
 

 
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McKinney, TX

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