New Parent Information Guide

Dear Parent(s),

On behalf of the Scouts, Parents and the Leaders that make up Pack 539, we would like to welcome you to Scouting.  As a Pack, we try to offer our Scouts wholesome and healthy activities that will enrich their lives.  We know that getting started can be confusing and intimidating.  We hope this guide can get you started, but it’s nothing compared to help and assistance you will get from the leaders and other parents.

I. SCOUT BASICS

When your son registers as a Scout, he joins a national organization: the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The BSA is divided into regions, councils, and districts. We are a part of the Suffolk County Council in the Matinecock District. The Matinecock District provides many services in addition to our local Pack 539.

Your Boy Is a Member of a Den

  • A Den has usually up to 10-20 boys;
  • Dens are determined by grade level;
  • Each den will have at least one BSA-registered adult leader;
  • Den meetings are generally held at Park View Elementary at 7:00pm;
  • Den meeting dates will be communicated to you through a Den Leader. Usually one or two times per month.

Scouting is Family Oriented

  • Activities are intended for the whole family. Siblings included;
  • You work with your son on his various Adventures & Award requirements;
  • Many skills he will learn are family oriented.

Your Boy Is a Member of the Pack (Pack 539)

  • Pack 539 is made up of all the different Dens;
  • Pack meetings happen usually once a month;
  • Information about Pack meetings can be found on our website calendar;
  • All Cub Scout activities are intended for the ENTIRE family;
  • The monthly Pack meeting is led by the Cubmaster;
  • Pack meetings often have games, skits, stunts, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that the boys earned that month.

All Boys Receive a Rank

  • All new boys start at the rank of Bobcat;
  • 1st Grade boys are Tiger Cubs;
  • 2nd Grade boys work towards their Wolf Rank;
  • 3rd Grade boys work toward their Bear Rank;
  • 4th Grade boys are Webelos and work on their Webelos rank;
  • 5th Grade boys are second year Webelos and work on Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light.

The Pack is run by a Pack Committee (Group of Parent Volunteers)

  • The committee is made up of parents of boys in the pack that have graciously volunteered their time.
  • The committee usually meets once a month to:
    • plan Pack activities;
    • perform record keeping and manage Pack finances;
    • orders awards, equipment, and supplies;
    • maintain or setup equipment;
    • help train and recognize leaders.

The pack is owned by a Chartering Organization

II. Communication:

Communication is at the heart of Pack 539.  We use several different communication tools to make sure parents are informed of all activities.  However, communication is a two-way commitment.  Parents must make themselves readily available in order to receive and reply to information in a timely manner.  The Pack uses several tools to ensure everyone is on the same page.

  • For messaging, the Pack uses Remind.com as a service to make Pack and Den announcements and reminders.  Sign up to our Remind.com service by Click here for directions.  You’ll want to subscribe to both your son’s den and the pack.
  • Our website calendar represents the most up-to-date activity list.  Click here to go to the website calendar.  At the bottom, you can subscribe and have these dates automatically added to your phone.
  • Like our Facebook Page.  Facebook will receive our website updates.  It is also one of the ways we promote the Pack to get new members. Click here to go to our Facebook Page.

To email any of the leaders, you can use our website contact page:

http://www.cubscouts539.com/contact-us/

III. Uniforms:

All Scouts must possess and wear the appropriate uniform during Pack and Den meetings unless otherwise specified.  Den Leaders will specify what the scout needs at the first Den meeting.  Additionally, the caring staff at BSA in Medford are extremely knowledgeable and have everything you could possible need for your Scout’s uniform.  Click here for directions: https://goo.gl/maps/atKZEWo85EL2

Pack T-Shirts can be purchased at the beginning of the year and are used when a more casual dress is appropriate.  Your Den Leader will provide you with more details when they are available.

IV. Membership and Den Fee’s:

Cub Scout Pack 539 is a non-profit organization.  The pack maintains itself through membership fees (dues) and various fundraising activities.  The dues paid by each family help defray the cost of rank advancement patches and pins, Pinewood Derby car kits, national registration, pack insurance and other den operational costs.

  • Payments can now be made online through the Pack’s PayPal account.  Click Here.
  • Membership fees are currently $115 and includes your child’s handbook, neckerchief and slide, pinewood derby car, rocket, rain-gutter regatta boat, and awards throughout the year for rank advancement.
  • Your Den may also collect a small fee to pay for incidentals.  The amount will be communicated to you by the Den leader.  This fee is usually around $20.

We hope this guide helps with some basic background knowledge.  Scouting is a humanistic endeavor.  Please do not hesitate to speak to the leaders or other parents about anything.  This is only the beginning of something really special.

Respectfully,

Cub Scouts Pack 539 Leadership Team
Kings Park, NY 11754
http://www.cubscouts539.com

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