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Pack 78 Information

2017 / 2018

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cub scout; bear; insignia

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Welcome to Cub Scout Pack 78!

We are a long-standing, chartered Cub Scout pack serving kindergarten through fifth graders in the Framingham, Massachusetts area. Your son may already know some of the many scouts in the pack. Many of our scouts attend schools in northern Framingham -  primarily Dunning, Hemenway, and Stapleton elementary schools and with some attending other town schools as well.

We have put together this packet of information in the hope of answering many of the questions you may have regarding joining our pack.  However, If you have ANY additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at cubmaster@FraminghamPack78.org 

Table of Contents

Scouting Overview:

Meetings:

Who

When

Where

Dues:

Events and Activities:

Outdoor Camping

Pinewood Derby

Blue and Gold Banquet

Pack Sleepovers

Summer Camp

Pack Communications / Keeping You Up-to-Date:

Scoutbook

Pack Website

Facebook

Parental Involvement:

Our Connection to the Boys Scouts of America:

Uniforms:

Where to buy

When it is needed

Uniform Checklist

Contacting us:


Scouting Overview:

A Cub Scout pack is made up of several dens.  Dens are groups of boys of the same school grade:

The idea is to place the boys into small groups with friends he might already know. Dens are led by a parent/guardian (Den Leader) with parent/guardian helpers.

Meetings:

Who

You and your son. Your presence and participation are expected at all meetings and outings. Your role decreases more each year as he advances through the Webelos ranks, though all scouts must have a parent or guardian present - dropping off your son to a meeting or event is not allowed. 

Additionally for Lion and Tiger scouts - parents are an active partner with their scouts during the meetings.

Meeting notices are sent via email (see Scoutbook).

When

Where

Meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church, 360 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Dues:

Pack 78 dues are $100.00 per scout, per year, for all ranks except Lions.  Lion scout dues are $50.00 per scout, per year

If you are unable to afford the costs of Scouting you should contact the Committee Chair and ask for a financial assistance form. Besides the Committee Chair and Pack Treasurer, no one else in the Pack needs to know about your situation and it will be handled in confidence. Do not let the cost of Scouting deter you from joining Scouts - we can help you afford it if you need the help.

Events and Activities:

We hold several pack-level events throughout the year. Below is a snapshot of some of them:

Outdoor Camping

We try to offer two outdoor campouts per year as a pack. Typically this is at the Nobscot Scout Reservation in Sudbury/Framingham, and has options for tent and cabin sleepers.  We aim for one campout in the fall and another in the spring.  There are activities, games, campfire stories, and plenty of food.  The scouts really enjoy them!

Pinewood Derby

In February/March we get our race on! This event is always a winner for the boys and some would say that the parents have a little fun along the way too…

Blue and Gold Banquet

This is an annual event in March to celebrate the birthday of Scouting. Pack families are invited to a sit-down meal and our scouts are entertained with a fun program of awards and activities.

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Pack Sleepovers

During the colder months we invite the scouts and their parent/guardian to one or two overnight sleepovers. There are plenty of games and activities and often a movie to cap off the night.:

  • the  Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • the Worcester Ecotarium
  • the Boston Museum of Science  
  • The Lowell Spinners on the field

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Summer Camp

We encourage all of our Scouts to attend the summer camp at Camp Resolute in the summer. This is a Council-run summer day camp, run as a series of one-week camp sessions.

Pack Communications / Keeping You Up-to-Date:

As we all know, keeping on top of our children’s activities is not always easy.  Below are the methods we use to keep in touch with families..

Scoutbook

Scoutbook.com is our online pack management tool. When you sign up with Pack 78, you will receive a login ID for Scoutbook, which can be accessed from any desktop or mobile web browser.

We use this tool as a “one-stop shop” for all pack-related information:

We email notices and reminders using Scoutbook’s address list on a regular basis, so it is very important that we have your accurate contact information.  You can review/edit your account profile by navigating to My Dashboard, then My Account:

Alternatively, please notify us if your contact information changes, so we can keep our records updated.

Pack Website

Our pack website is www.FraminghamPack78.org 

Facebook

We have a group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FraminghamPack78.  We post photos from our events and other interesting bits of information here, so we encourage you to “follow”!


Parental Involvement:

Parents are the critical part of an exceptional Scouting program. As a parent or guardian, you are considered “Akela” by your scout and other scouts.  Akela is a symbol of wisdom, authority, and leadership. Examples of Akela in a boy’s life include the Cubmaster, the Den Leader, teachers, and YOU--the main leader your boy looks to for guidance.

In addition to participating in your son’s den meetings, parents are encouraged to attend Pack Planning meetings (no scouts). You do not need to be a Den Leader or intend to volunteer on any ongoing basis, but this is a great way to meet more parents and/or to offer occasional assistance.

Interested in helping more?  We are always in need of parent volunteers to step up to leadership roles.  Cub Scouting is a volunteer-run activity, and many hands can make light work.  It is also a very rewarding experience to share your time with the boys.  We ask that you identify your strengths and find ways to apply them towards our program. Your role is certainly up to you but we all hope you find a good place in our pack to enhance the program. Feel free to speak with any of the current leaders about where you can help.

Den Leaders

Leading a Den is not complicated - the Den Leader Guides provide nearly all the ideas you could need in the programs to fulfill the Cub Scout requirements. All you need to be willing to do is to have the time to lead and smiles for the scouts.

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To become a leader you need to complete the following actions:

Pack Committee

Our pack is under the supervision of a pack committee. By handling administrative and support tasks, the pack committee allows the Cubmaster, Den Leaders, and their assistants to focus on working directly with the Cub Scouts. Members of the Pack Committee include:

Our Connection to the Boys Scouts of America:

Our pack is part of the Knox Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).  The Knox Trail Council covers twenty-one communities in the Greater Metrowest region of eastern Massachusetts, and currently manages two camping properties: The E. Paul Robsham Scout Reservation - in Bolton (Camp Resolute), and the Nobscot Scout Reservation - in Framingham/Sudbury. Council events are normally well attended, very well organized, and worth checking out. Some events we will attend as a pack and others you will be encouraged to attend individually. The council also provides many resources and opportunities to become an effective and well-trained leader in Scouts.

The Knox Trail Council administers the Scouting program through three districts. Our pack is in the Cannon District. The district provides volunteer support, training, program opportunities, events, fundraising opportunities, and administrative services at a more local level. We will also attend district events as a pack and we will encourage you to attend others individually. District events are still well-attended and offer a more localized flavor as they are normally held nearby.

Uniforms:

We have two uniforms that we use in our pack:

Where to buy

Class A uniforms and other scouting materials can be purchased at the local Scout shop:

New England Southborough Scout Shop,

23 Turnpike Road

Southborough, MA 01772.

(located on the westbound side of Rt. 9)

Some items can also be purchased online at http://www.scoutstuff.org/

When it is needed

It is okay to attend meetings without a Class A uniform the first couple weeks, but we strive to have all scouts in uniform by their fourth meeting. 

 We do ask that parents turn in uniform parts they no longer need. Each year your son will need a different hat, neckerchief, and handbook because he will advance to the next rank in Scouting. If you turn your old items in to us it acts as a clothes bank for other Scout families in our pack. If you are in need of uniform assistance see the Committee Chair or Cubmaster.

Uniform Checklist

Shown below are the parts that make up a “Class A” Cub Scout Uniform.  There are items that apply to all scout ranks, and others that are unique to a certain rank.

Rank:

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Cap

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Shirt

(we recommend getting a larger size, short sleeve shirt to last more than one year)

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same as Tiger

same as Tiger

(see note 5)

Shirt Insignias:

(see note 1)

Pack 78 number patches

(left sleeve)

Not required

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same as Tiger

same as Tiger

same as Tiger

Den number patch

(right sleeve)

Not required

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(see note 4)

Council patch

Not required

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same as Tiger

same as Tiger

same as Tiger

World Scout Crest

(over left pocket)

Not required

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same as Tiger

same as Tiger

same as Tiger

Rank:

(continued)

Lion

Tiger

Wolf

Bear

Webelos

Arrow of Light

Neckerchief

No

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Neckerchief Slide

No

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Belt

(needed to hold earned Adventure Loops)

No

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same as Tiger

same as Tiger

OR

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(Webelos belt buckle)

Pants

(see note 2)

No

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same as Tiger

same as Tiger

(see note 5)

Handbook

(see note 3)

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Notes:

  1. Insignia patches  are sewn on to the shirt following the guides  at https://goo.gl/YuXTQu (for Tiger/Wolf/Bear) and https://goo.gl/f283WJ (for Webelos/Arrows of Light). Alternatively, Badge Magic is a double-sided adhesive backing that makes it easy to mount patches without sewing. It is available online and at the Scout Shop.
  2. The pack does not mandate using official pants or shorts.
  3. Handbooks are available in bound and spiral binding options. The spiral binding is more expensive. The pack has no preference which you buy.
  4. Please contact the Cubmaster or Den Leader for the correct Den number patch to purchase.
  5. Webelos Scouts have the option of wearing either the long- or short-sleeve navy blue shirt and navy blue shorts or pants OR the long- or short-sleeve tan shirt with the official Boy Scout pants or shorts. The blue shoulder loops are worn on epaulets regardless of the uniform color

Additional Pack Policies:

As a Pack, we have also adopted additional policies regarding knife usage, joining after the start of the program year, etc.  You can always find the most updated copy of these policies here at https://goo.gl/L89HfQ

Contacting us:

We’re here to answer any questions you may have.  Please email the Committee Chair or Cubmaster and we will contact you.

Committee Chair

committeechair@framinghampack78.org

Cubmaster

cubmaster@framinghampack78.org

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