Welcome to Pack 197
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How Cub Scouting Works | Advancement Plan | Pack 197 Events | Scout Uniform Guide
How Cub Scouting Works
Cub Scouts is family oriented
· Activities are intended for the whole family.
· You work with your son on his advancement award requirements.
· Many skills he will learn are family oriented.
The Cub Scout Den
· Your son is a member of a Cub Scout Den.
· The Den meets twice a month on Tuesdays at Ferry Farm Baptist Church.
· The Den is led by a Den Leader (usually a parent).
· The Den Leader may have an Assistant Den Leader or a Den Chief (a Boy Scout helper).
· Den meetings have games, crafts, songs, skits, and lots of fun.
The Cub Scout Pack
· Your son is a member of Cub Scout Pack 197.
· The Pack meets once a month at a Pack meeting which all families attend.
· The Pack meeting is led by the Cubmaster.
· The Pack meeting is the highlight of the month's Den meetings and activities.
· The Pack meeting has games, songs, skits, ceremonies, and presentation of awards earned that
The Pack Leadership
· The Pack is run by a group of Den Leaders, Cubmaster, Treasurer, Awards Chairman, and
· The Committee Chairperson runs the Committee.
· The Committee sets the calendar for the Pack's activities.
· The Committee selects leaders, performs record keeping, manages finances, orders badges,
maintains pack equipment, and helps train leaders.
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The Charter Organization
· The Pack is “owned” by the Charter Organization, usually a religious group, service club, school
or parent organization interested in helping youth.
· Our Charter Organization is Ferry Farm Baptist Church. Membership in the charter organization
is NOT required for Pack membership.
· The Charter Organization approves leaders, provides meeting space and operates the Pack
according to its guidelines and the Boy Scouts of America.
· The Charter Organization selects a liaison to the Pack.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
· The Cub Scouts are a part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
· BSA is divided into Councils; ours is the National Capital Area Council
· The council is divided into districts; ours is the Aquia District. http://www.ncacbsa.org/aquia/
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This is the first rank for Cub Scouts. All boys, except Lions, complete the Bobcat Badge requirements upon entering Cub Scouts. They learn the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute. The Scout, along with parent/guardian, will complete the exercises in How to Protect your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide. After earning the badge, they work on the requirements of the rank corresponding to their grade/age.
Boys in first grade or 7 years old join Cub Scouts with their parent or adult guardian. This is unique relative to other ranks in Cub Scouting. Tigers and their adult partners are just that, partners. They work closely with their adult partner to complete 6 Core Adventures, at least one Elective Adventure, complete the exercises in How to Protect your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide., and earn the Cyber Chip award for his age, to earn his Tiger Badge.
A Scout who is in 2nd grade or is age 8 completes the 6 Core Adventures at least one Elective Adventure, complete the exercises in How to Protect your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide., and earn the Cyber Chip award for his age, to earn his Wolf Badge.
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A Scout who is in 3rd grade or is age 9 works to complete 6 Core Adventures, at least one Elective Adventure, complete the exercises in How to Protect your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide., and earn the Cyber Chip award for his age, to earn his Bear Badge.
Webelos (Means “We’ll Be Loyal Scouts”):
A Scout who is in 4th grade or is age 10 works to complete 5 Core Adventures, at least two
Elective Adventures, complete the exercises in How to Protect your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide., and earn the Cyber Chip award for his age. The Scout is also required to be an active member of his the Webelos Den for three months. The Webelos program is 18 months and focuses on skills which will lead to Boy Scouting. In February/March of his 5th grade year, he will receive the Arrow of Light and bridge to Boy Scouting in a special crossover ceremony. *The Arrow of Light Award, is Cub Scouting’s highest honor.
A Sample of Pack 197 Events
· Community Service Projects
· Webelos Camporee
· Fall and Spring Family Campouts
· Scouting for Food
· Pinewood Derby
· Raingutter Regatta
· Blue and Gold Banquet
· Aquia District 10 Commandment Hike
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Scout Uniform Guide
Pack 197 asks that Scouts wear a "Class A" uniform to Pack meetings and other events, as specified.
A Class A uniform consists of:
- Official Cub Scout Shirt (short sleeve recommended)
- Patches sewn in proper locations: National Capital Area Council (NCAC) patch, Pack “197”patch (available from Awards Chair), World Crest (Centennial Circle optional).
- Neckerchief for rank
- Slide for rank
- Cap for rank
- Webbed belt and buckle – generic Cub Scout buckle is acceptable.
- A Scout handbook for rank.
- Blue shorts/pants for Tigers/Wolves/Bears and olive green shorts/pants for Webelos I and Webelos II.
Uniforms are available at the NCAC stores or online at www.scoutstuff.org. You may also want to check e-bay for used uniforms.
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5232 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22151-2102
Mon - Fri 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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4015 Fitzhugh Ave.
Richmond, VA 23230-3931
Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
A "Class B" uniform (t-shirt and blue pants) can be worn during Den meetings and other events, as specified. Any Cub Scout related t-shirt is also acceptable as a Class B uniform. We have Class B Pack 197 t-shirts available for purchase.
Pack 197 Cubmaster: Beau Mason
Pack Committee Chair: Nikki Kies
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