FAQ

Q: What are some of the activities for Pack 12?
Q: How is Cub Scouts organized?
Q: What den will my boy be in?
Q: When are the pack meetings?
Q: What goes on at a pack meeting?
Q: When are the den meetings?
Q: What about the uniform?
Q: Anything else I need at the Scout Shop?
Q: How much is all this going to cost?
Q: What’s a good activity to get started?
Q: Where do the pack finances come from?
Q: How is the family involved?
Q: How can I juggle Cub Scouts with all the other sporting activities my boy is already in?
Q: What is the purpose of Cub Scouts?
Q: What are the core values of Cub Scouts?
Q: How can I be more involved?
Q: What’s it take to be an “officially” trained leader or volunteer?
Q: Where can I find more info:
Q: Who can I contact for more info?


Q: What are some of the activities for Pack 12?


A: Way too many to list. Here’s a sampling of some things we have done: Model railroading, climb on a real locomotive, camping, fishing, hiking, pinewood derby, gathering food for the Food Bank, rain gutter regatta, first aid, citizenship, cooking, corn maze, ice skating, volleyball, science, map & compass, marbles, knot tying, whittling, BB gun shooting, archery, roasting marshmallows, rope bridge, team skiing, treasure hunts, obstacle course, acting, singing, Harlem Globetrotters, monster trucks, sell popcorn, religious emblem awards, wild life conservation, chess, collecting, language and culture, music, basketball, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, picnics, Pawsox sleepover. The pack calendar on the web site is continually being updated – check back often.

Q: How is Cub Scouts organized?


A: Pack 12 is chartered through St. Joseph’s Church (1303 Mendon Rd.). The church graciously provides our pack meeting place. The Pack is part of Thunder Valley District which includes several packs from towns in Northern RI and Southern MA. The Thunder Valley District is part of Narragansett Council which covers several districts all over New England.

The pack is divided into dens which are defined by school grade level.

We have an adult leader committee which includes leaders that have been trained for their roles within the pack. We also have adults who are willing to help out where needed for specific activities.

Q: What den will my boy be in?


A: That depends on his grade level in the fall:
Tiger = First grade
Wolf = Second grade
Bear = Third grade
Webelos 1 = Fourth grade
Arrow of Light = Fifth grade

Q: When are the pack meetings?


A: Typically the first Thursday evening of every month. There are some exceptions – please refer to the pack calendar.

Q: What goes on at a pack meeting?


A: Every Scout is encouraged to participate in the pack meeting in some way. It could be the opening or closing ceremony or a skit. We recognize those boys who participated in activities during the previous month, present special awards as boys earn them and describe the details of upcoming activities. There will also be a group game or activity that typically involves lots of cheering! Sometimes we have special guest speakers.

Q: When are the den meetings?


A: It varies by den, but typically the dens meet twice a month.

Q: What about the uniform?


Upon your registration, the pack will provide a neckerchief and T-shirt (the T-shirt is known as the “class B” uniform – for grubby activities).

“Pack hats” are also available at pack meetings for $12 and will be good for the entire Cub Scouting career. (Previously, the rank specific hats cost $12 every year).

The rest of the uniform is available at one of two Scout Shops:
• West Bay Shop: Located in the Staples/Summit Square Plaza on Route 2 in Warwick, RI; 401-821-7005
• East Bay Shop: Located across from the Swansea Mall – off of Route 6 in Swansea, MA; 508-675-1528

The boys will need the following:
• Shirt (Most boys prefer the short sleeves)
• Pack 12 patches
• Council shoulder patch
• World crest emblem
• Neckerchief slide
• Belt

Q: Anything else I need at the Scout Shop?


A: You will need the appropriate handbook for your boy’s rank.

Q: How much is all this going to cost?


A: Our policy is to provide an opportunity for all boys to participate regardless of financial situations. Limited financial assistance may be available for some events for those who need it.

The annual dues structure is as follows:
• Council dues = $24 annually (pro-rated through February)
• Boy’s Life magazine subscription (optional, but encouraged) = $12
• Pack dues = $26 for new scouts. For returning scouts that participate at a minimum specified level in the fund raiser, this annual dues is waived.
• Den dues = Varies by den – anywhere from $1 per meeting to $40 per year.
• Uniform (noted above) = About $45 (estimated).
• Pack Hat (noted above) = $12
• Handbook (noted above) = $7
• Additional “Class B” T-shirt = $10 (first one is free); Adult T-shirt = $10; 2XL = $11; 3XL $12
• Activities = Varies – Some hikes and local activities are free or very low cost; Some council events are $8 for the entire day; Some overnighters can be $25-55 per person.
• Adult leader registration and training = FREE!

Considering Scouting is a year-round program, if you take advantage of all the activities, you’ll find it to be a great all around value. Just compare this to the costs of seasonal sports programs.

Q: What’s a good activity to get started?


A: It’s highly recommended you plan on attending one of the following (details are available separately):
For Tigers: Tiger Safari
For Wolf: Wild Wolf Day
For Bears: Be a Bear day
For Webelos: Webelos Camporee

Q: Where do the pack finances come from?


A: We have at least one fund-raiser during the year (typically in the fall). We’ve sold popcorn and recently had a Bowl-A-Thon.

Q: How is the family involved?


A: Cub Scouts is a family centered program. Families are welcome to participate in pack meeting and most pack events. Some exceptions might be some district events. Tiger parents are required for all activities. Sibling participation at den meetings is up to the den leader.

Q: How can I juggle Cub Scouts with all the other sporting activities my boy is already in?


A: While in Cub Scouts, your boy can earn awards for the sports he currently plays. Examples include: Baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, etc. In addition, your boy can have the opportunity to participate in and earn awards for some of these other sporting activities: Archery, BB gun shooting, badminton, bicycling, bowling, fishing, golf, gymnastics, ice skating, marbles, roller skating, snow skiing/boarding, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball.

Q: What is the purpose of Cub Scouts?


A: There are 10 purposes of Cub Scouting:

  • Character Development
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Good Citizenship
  • Sportsmanship and Fitness
  • Family Understanding
  • Friendly Service
  • Fun and Adventure
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Personal Achievement
  • Preparation for Boy Scouts

Q: What are the core values of Cub Scouts?


A: There are 12 core values for Cub Scouts:

  • Citizenship
  • Compassion
  • Cooperation
  • Health and fitness
  • Honesty
  • Courage
  • Perseverance
  • Faith
  • Positive attitude
  • Resourcefulness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

Q: How can I be more involved?


A: First, make a commitment to participate with your boy in as many activities as possible. If you’d like to be involved in some of the planning and/or decision-making, the adult committee meets the third Monday evening of every month. Let us know if you or someone you know has a special skill or connections for a different activity.

Q: What’s it take to be an “officially” trained leader or volunteer?


A: Training is easy and free. There are 4 parts:
1. Youth Protection: This can be done on-line at your leisure. It takes about 45 minutes.
2. New Leader Essentials (NLE): Basically a generic introduction for all leaders to scouting. This is offered at various sites around the area.
3. Cub Scout Specific (CSS): Detailed training for your specific interest. Some include: Tiger leader, Den Leader (Wolf/Bear), Webelos Leader, Committee member, etc. Most of us try to find a day where you can do NLE and CSS back to back and be done with it.
4. St. Joseph Youth Protection: This class is only offered once a year and will cover you for three years. This is not part of the official scout training, but required by our charter organization.

For more details, go to the Narragansett Council web site and click on Leaders>Training. You can register yourself for any class at any location.

Q: Where can I find more info:


A: We do most of our communication via e-mail. If you have an e-mail account, please let us know your address (or addresses) so we can add you to the distribution. If you don’t have an e-mail account, you can arrange to get a free yahoo account at the library. Otherwise, be in close contact with your den leader.

Pack 12 web site: www.pack12ri.wordpress.com
Council web site: http://www.narragansettbsa.org/

Q: Who can I contact for more info?


A: Feel free to call the Cub Master: Leo Grenier or Assistant Cumbmaster Michael Webber (774-306-1326)


Pack meetings are usually the first Thursday of the month. They start at 6:30, and take place in the Parish Center up behind St. Joseph’s Church at 1303 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI.

Here’s a map to help you find us:

themecircle.net

Contact the webmaster at pack12ashton@gmail.com.