Pack 78 Policies
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The leadership of Pack 78 have adopted the following policies that govern certain operations of our Pack.
The Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout program requires cub scouts to earn a total of seven (7) required adventures and electives during each year for Tigers, Wolves and Bears (Lions are a different program). Webelos earn six (6) and Arrows of Light earn five (five) adventures. Our dens work on completing these requirements as a group, beginning in September and continuing through May or June the following year.
A scout who regularly attends Pack and Den meetings will complete the requirements and will therefore earn the appropriate rank (Lion/Tiger/Wolf/Bear/Webelos) at the end of the Pack’s annual program each spring. Arrow of Light may be earned by March as scouts cross over into local Scout troops during that month.
We encourage new scouts to join the Pack during the summer months so that they are able fully experience the program year when it begins in September. We do allow scouts to join after September 1st provided they are able to independently complete any requirements their den has covered up until the time of their joining. The den leader will review the completed work and record the completion - refer to Adventures / Electives
By October 15th, dens will be on schedule to earning their second adventure for the year. Because of this, a scout joining after this date will...
Additional and/or missed electives may be earned by a scout outside of the pack / den, provided this is mutually agreed to by the den leader, scout, and parent/guardian before the scout begins working on them. This is especially important if an adventure or elective has a requirement involving den/pack participation.
The scout must then independently complete and adequately demonstrate to their den leader that they have met all of the requirements of the adventure or elective. This includes:
Example: The Tiger adventure Backyard Jungle requires the scout to build a birdhouse. The scout would show the birdhouse to the den leader.
Example: The Webelos adventure Cast Iron Chef requires the scout to keep a food journal for one week. This would be provided to the den leader.
Example: The Bear adventure Paws for Action has the scout learn about the energy their family uses and how you can help your family decrease its energy use. The den leader will discuss with the scout what they have learned.
The den leader will record and award the adventure/elective once they have determined the scout has met all of the requirements therein.
Den meetings are often busy, and the leader may not have time to meet individually with scouts who have worked outside of the scheduled meetings. It is up to the den leader and scout/family to determine a mutually-agreeable time/place to meet. This may include additional time before or after a den/pack meeting, or a separate meeting.
Some of our scouts attend Adventure Day Camp and/or Overnight camp during the summer, “off-season” months. This can be a wonderful way to get scouts outside and active!.
While at camp, the scouts may work on elective requirements. As a pack,we will award those electives that were earned by scouts who participated in the Overnight Camp program. Other electives may be awarded as part of missed attendance - please see the following sections.
As the Cub Scout motto is “Do your best”, we strongly encourage scouts to attend all den and pack meetings as this will ensure the scout does not miss any adventure/elective work. However, at times it may be difficult to do this due to illness, family travel, or other extenuating circumstance.
If a scout has missed a meeting (and the requirements that were covered), the following may apply:
Our pack offers two (2) overnight camping events each year - one in the spring and one in the fall. Dens often use these events to cover camping-related requirements for some of their adventures. Scouts who cannot completely attend the fall/spring pack campout may substitute the following:
Pack 78 recognizes that Cub Scouts look forward to using a pocketknife. It is our goal that (with their guardian’s permission) interested Cub Scouts have the opportunity to learn how to safely use a pocketknife. Once properly trained in usage and safety, scouts may be given the opportunity to carry a pocketknife as a tool for certain Pack 78 outings.
When Scouts complete the Whittling Chip requirements they will be awarded a Cub Scout Whittling Chip Wallet Card and/or Patch. The Whittling Chip patch is worn on the uniform shirt, centered on the right pocket as a temporary patch, or on the scout’s patch vest. The card is to be carried by the scout whenever he/she has his/her pocketknife.
Cub Scouts in our Pack may carry and use pocket knives ONLY when they obey the following rules. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from other Troops or Packs that are attending Pack 78 activities will be allowed to use pocket knives only if they adhere to these rules as well.
Cub Scouts who do not obey the Pack 78 Pocket Knife Rules and the Whittling Chip Card will lose the privilege of carrying and using a pocket knife; the knife and the card will be taken away and returned to the guardian. The following guidelines will be used:
We’re here to answer any questions you may have. Please email the Committee Chair or Cubmaster and we will contact you.
As part of the Bear rank advancement, scouts may participate in a knife safety course. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to participate in this course with your scout to help stress to him the responsibilities that come with using such tools.
In order to take part in this course and to receive their Whittling Chip, the scout must be at least a rising Bear scout (having completed their Wolf scouting year), Bear scout, or Webelos scout. In addition, the scout must have previously earned the Bobcat rank.
During this course, they will learn:
Part of this course is spent practicing these items in a hands-on environment.
After the scouts successfully complete this course, they will have fulfilled the requirements for earning the Cub Scout Whittling Chip certification. This certification will enable the scout the honor of carrying a pocketknife to approved scouting activities.
Please note that the knives must comply with the Pack’s written knife policy. Not all scouting activities allow the use of a knife - pack leadership will determine if the activity is suitable for this. In the event of a question on the policy or what events knives are allowed at, please contact your scout’s Den Leader or the Cubmaster. When in doubt, plan to leave the knife at home.
We require your approval for your scout to be a participant in the Whittling Chip training course. Without this signed form, the scout does not have approval to carry a knife. Also, whenever a knife is brought to an event, your scout MUST have his/her certificate physically with him/her as part of his/her uniform to be valid.
I have reviewed the knife policy for Pack 78 and the above guidelines for the Pack’s certification program, including the disciplinary plan, with my parent(s) and understand the responsibilities of knife ownership and use.
Cub Scout Date
I have reviewed the knife policy for Pack 78 and the above guidelines for the Pack’s certification program with my scout and have discussed the responsibilities of knife ownership and use with him.
I agree to allow my scout to participate in the Whittling Chip training course, and to allow the Whittling Chip certification to be presented to my scout upon successful completion of the training course.
Cub Scout Parent / Guardian Date