Cub Scouts Pack 151's Family Handbook 

Cub Scouts Pack 151 was established in 1949
and is chartered to:
American Legion Post 620, Hugo, Minnesota
Many Waters District, Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America

CONTENTS:
  1. Welcome
  2. Getting Started (for new members)
  3. Mission
  4. Brief History of Scouting and the Cub Scouts program
  5. What is Cub Scouting?
    • The basics
    • Advancement and recognition
    • Organization
    • Rank handbooks and Boy's Life magazine
  6. Pack 151
    • Our Program
      • Dens meetings and den outings
      • Family time at home
      • Pack meetings
      • Service projects
      • Camps and camping
      • Pinewood Derby
      • Fun Days / Fun Nights (optional pack activities & activities)
      • Prioritizing
      • Our Scouting year
      • Lion Scouts - BSA's pilot program for Kindergarteners
      • Pack 9151 (A.K.A. Pack 151)
    • Recognition
      • Do your best
      • Recording advancement progress 
    • Finances - What Scouting costs
      • Membership dues
      • Uniform costs
      • Other costs
      • Fundraising
      • Individual Scout Accounts
      • Opting-out of fundraising
      • Financial assistance and Camperships
    • Uniforms
    • Communications
      • Scoutbook
      • Website
      • Facebook and other social media
    • Code of Conduct
    • Outings & Camping Policy (Withdrawals & Refunds)
  7. Your role in Scouting - Adult participation expectations
    • Your Scout's success
    • Expectations
    • Leadership
    • Training
  8. Leader Roles
  9. Additional resources
    • Pack resources
    • Den resources
    • District, Council and National BSA resources
    • Scouting jargon & abbreviations 
  10. Questions?



1. WELCOME !
We are so glad you have chosen to enter the world of Scouting through Pack 151.  You and your son will be so glad you did.  
For over 50 years, we've offered an
 exciting, award winning program of learning and fun recognized for excellence by the Boy Scouts of America.
We deliver on the promise of Cub Scouting.

This handbook was designed to provide new members an introduction to Cub Scouting and our pack.  For current members, it's a handy reference.  With your help, Scouting will be an rewarding experience for you, your son, your family, and your pack. We’re glad you’ve joined us!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.



2. GETTING STARTED
  • Signing up a new Cub Scout can happen anytime throughout the year.  It's easy and can be done in a few ways.
    • Most families contact us directly via our Membership Inquiry Form . We'll provide you the official BSA registration form and describe Pack 151's membership fees.  Pack 151's member fees include the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) member fees.
    • Some new members find out about us through the BSA's advertising or online.  They sign up via one of the BSA's registration websites like beascout.org  (or similar). BSA membership fees are collected, but Pack 151's membership fees are a required additional charge.
  • After you've registered your son, Pack 151's leaders will invite you to access to our private website, Scoutbook.com  Please accept this invitation.  It's our primary method of communicating with you.  You'll use this website to keep track of events, communicate with your son's leaders, receive detailed info about our activities and participate in your son's rank advancement progress.
  • To your family calendar, please add your son's den meetings, our pack meetings, camps and Fun Days / Fun Nights. (You can use your mobile device to subscribe to den and pack calendars too).
  • With your son, attend his den and pack meetings. Participate with him and enjoy yourselves.
  • Purchase a rank-appropriate paper handbook, a uniform shirt, patches, neckerchief and neckerchief slide online or from an area BSA Scout Shop.
  • As they come up, register for camps and campouts. For example, new Cub Scouts joining in the fall should attend Fall Day Camp. 
  • Ask questions:  In this handbook you'll find a lot of details.  If you have any questions, please contact Pack 151's Cubmaster, Committee Chair, your den leader or any other pack leader.


3. MISSION

PACK 151's MISSION
We, the parents and leaders of Pack 151, promise to “do our best” in developing our youth and improving our community. Through our ongoing involvement we can develop a Scout’s self-confidence, influence their character development, teach respect of others and model good citizenship.

BOY SCOUTS of AMERICA's MISSION
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. 

The Scout Oath 
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Scout Law
A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.



4. BRIEF HISTORY OF SCOUTING and the CUB SCOUTS PROGRAM
Pack 151 was established in 1949, but Scouting has been around more than a hundred years. The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910, and Cub Scouts came into being in 1930. Millions of boys have worn the uniform, cooked over an open fire at a campsite, earned their Bobcat, raced Pinewood Derby cars, given to their communities with service projects, and made new friends under the umbrella of Scouting. At its core, a character-building program remains that encourages making good ethical choices, family strengthening, physical fitness, and citizenship skills in the lives of our boys.



5. WHAT IS CUB SCOUTING?

THE BASICS
  • Cub Scouts is the first phase of the Scouting program offered by the Boy Scouts of America. Other programs include Boy Scouts (11-17 year olds), Venturing (14-20, avocation or hobby oriented), Exploring (14-20, career oriented) and other specialty programs.
  • On a local level, Cub Scouts are organized into packs, ranks and dens. The pack is the large group that coordinates the membership, advancement and major activities. Packs are sponsored by community groups like our Hugo American Legion Post 620, churches, businesses and other service groups that want to provide a youth program for boys.
  • Packs are are further organized into small groups, known as dens, by school grade. Ranks are used to coordinate age appropriate activities. Dens have a manageable number of boys, ideally, between six to eight scouts. Each den must have at least two registered and trained leaders. 
  • All parents and leaders associated with the pack are strongly encouraged to take basic and advanced training courses at http://my.scouting.org
  • There are many, many Scouting activities offered at local, regional and national levels. In addition to our den meetings and pack meetings, Pack 151 also offers family camps, Pinewood Derby races, an Annual Blue and Gold Banquet, and much more. Additionally, there are district events, which unite us with hundreds of Scouts in our area, and council events that can have thousands of Scouts in attendance. Your participation at these functions will definitely add to your son’s Scouting experience.

ADVANCEMENT and RECOGNITION
One of the attractions of Scouting is the program of advancement, in which Cub Scouts advance through the ranks of Lion,, Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. Your son will be proud of his accomplishments, and he'll proudly display on his uniform the rank emblems he's earned.
  • All Cub Scouts (except Lions) must obtain the Bobcat Rank before working on their grade level rank.
  • Completing adventures and earning a rank is not necessary to advance with the den, but it is encouraged.  However, once he reaches June 1st of the following year, a Scout cannot earn his rank retroactively. Boys can move up den levels without earning the rank award emblem, but they often become discouraged without recognition for their efforts.
  • For Lions, Tigers, Wolves, and Bears the parent/guardian/adult signs off on the achievements that are completed at home.  For Webelos, many of the required and elective adventures will be done in the den, but the Webelos Scout is still expected to work on some adventures at home.  
  • In addition to earning adventure loops, pins and rank emblems, there are many other awards that Cub Scouts can earn. Your den leader can provide more information.
  • You and your son will use the paper rank handbook as a guide and a record, keeping track of his advancement progress.
    • You're also expected to use Scoutbook to report that progress to your den and pack leaders.
    • After you record the rank requirements, etc. the den leader approves.
    • After a den leader's approval the Pack Advancement Chair will present the award to your Scout at the next pack meeting.
ORGANIZATION
  • Rank / Den
    • Upon joining, all boys are assigned to an age/grade appropriate den. A den is a group of boys the same age who work together on age- appropriate rank activities. Each year the pack includes one or more of the following dens:
      • Lions - Kindergarten
      • Tiger - 1st grade
      • Wolf - 2nd grade
      • Bear - 3rd grade
      • Webelos - 4th & 5th grade
  • Pack
    • Your son (and his family) are members of Pack 151.  This is the large group of made up of all of our pack's individual dens.
  • District
    • Pack 151 is part of the Many Waters District, which is comprised of many local units (like nearby Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venturing Crews).  
  • Council and BSA National
    • Many Waters District is part of the Northern Star Council which, in turn, is a vital part of the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America is made up of many councils nationwide. Our Northern Star Council is a regional organization that serves Minnesota and Wisconsin, and includes many individual districts.  So, your son is an important part of his den, Pack 151, the Many Waters District, the Northern Star Council, and the Boy Scouts of America.
RANK HANDBOOKS and BOY's LIFE MAGAZINE
  • Rank Handbook - Each Cub Scouts rank has its own paper handbook. Lions use "Lion Pilot Materials", SKU#622088 (which includes a Parent and Leaders Guidebook, a Lion Adventure Book, and a set of advancement stickers).  All of the rank handbooks are designed to be fun to read with your son. The handbook is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for your Scout, as it guides Cub Scouts through the required and elective adventures for each rank and include helpful tips, background information, and fun activities. The handbooks also introduce a mentor character, Ethan, who will share his enthusiasm 
    for Scouting with younger Cub Scouts as they work through their ranks.
  • Boys’ Life is the magazine for all boys, and it is another good source of information for Cub Scouts. The BSA publishes Boys’ Life 12 times each year. The magazine’s articles, games, jokes, and letters are fun for Cub Scouts to read and allow them to explore the wide range of exciting opportunities available to Scouts. The Boys' Life website has information about the current issue, games to play, projects to download, and more.



6. PACK 151

OUR PROGRAM
  • Den Meetings and Den Outings
    • Dens are the small groups where most of the advancement takes place, so your regular den meeting attendance is an important goal. Den meetings often occur in the same location, but sometimes change when a den outing (field trip) is planned.  The frequency of den meetings depends on its leaders and adult helpers. In general, though, dens usually meet every other week during the school year. Den meeting dates, times and locations can be found within Scoutbook.
      • Denners- You may be asked to come along side the leaders and assist in planning and implementing the den meetings when your son is scheduled as the “denner”. A denner is a boy who is selected for a given week to help lead activities for that particular den meeting. Responsibilities will vary depending on rank. Examples include: bringing a snack, leading opening and closing ceremonies, leading a chosen activity, and helping the den leaders with anything that comes up during a meeting. A denner is used to teach leadership responsibilities along side or with the help of their parents.
      • Other den leaders- The den leader is helped by an assistant den leader and sometimes a den chief (an older Boy Scout).
  • Family time at home
    • An important part of Cub Scouting is time spent with family.  Without a your active help completing adventures at home as well as in the den, the your Scout will not earn his rank emblem.
    • At home, please set aside some time to record your son's advancement progress with Scoutbook.
  • Pack Meetings
    • Pack meetings are scheduled monthly. Your Scout should attend as often as possible to be considered active for purposes of advancement. All siblings, parents/guardians, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. are welcome.
  • Service Projects
    • Service to others is an important component of Scouting, and we incorporate opportunities for service into our program. You'll be especially proud of the work we do for our local Good Neighbor Food Shelf in Hugo. Pack 151 collaborates with area Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts on a twice-yearly collection effort called "Scouting for Food / Feeding the Need". You may also participated in other service projects including Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network's military care package packing events.
  • Camps & Camping
    • Camping will take your Cub Scout on exciting adventures into the natural world. He'll learn to cooperate with others and be a good outdoor citizen. Camping is fun, and it's good for your son's mind, body, and spirit. It'll help him learn to be self reliant—with skills and knowledge he'll gain along the way. Some camps offer opportunities to learn archery & BB gun shooting sports too. There are many types of camp experiences to choose from:
      • Cub Scout day camps:  Day camp lasts for just one day. It's for Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bear, and and Webelos Scouts. Day campers do not stay overnight. Examples: Fall Day Camp , Polar Cubs, Tiger Den Days, etc.
      • Cub Scout Summer Camp: At a summer camp, Cub Scouts stay overnight.  You and your scout can choose to sleep indoors (in a building) or outdoors (in a tent). Every year, summer camp has a different theme and different adventures. These are an excellent way to for your Scout to progress quickly in his rank advancement. He'll learn many new skills and have a great time while doing it. Example: Cub Scout Summer Camp
      • Webelos campouts: Webelos dens go on overnight campouts. Each Webelos Scout camps with his parent or guardian. The campers learn the basics of Boy Scout camping, under the direction of the Webelos den leader. Sometimes, older boys and leaders from a Boy Scout troop may join you. Webelos dens also have joint overnight campouts with a Boy Scout troop. Each Webelos Scout has a parent or guardian with him on these joint campouts, too. Example: Webelos Outpost at Cub Scout summer camp, Webelos Woods, Webelos Adventure Days, Arrow of Light Camp (formerly called Navajo), Okpik Webelos Outdoor Weekend at Northern Tier High Adventure Base, etc.
      • Pack Overnighters: As a pack, we hold overnight campouts for our pack's families. Siblings and extended family members are welcome on pack overnighters. In most cases, each Scout will camp with his parent/guardian or other Cub Scouts. Every young camper is responsible to a specific adult. Example: Pack 151 Family Camp at Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp.
  • Pinewood Derby
    • Cub Scouts love our Pinewood Derby!  This is an optional, and very fun event you participate in with your Scout. Pack 151 has a proud Pinewood Derby tradition and our leaders can help you and your son. Get your car race-ready by attending our pack's free Pinewood Derby workshops. Receive car building advice, borrow tools, and learn from our experts.  
  • Fun Days / Fun Nights
    • Pack 151 organizes many optional pack outings. We call these Fun Days or Fun Nights.  These are usually additional-expense (affordable) or free "field trips" in which you'll participate with your son.  Some offer rank advancement opportunities too. Examples:  Swimming at a water park, Base Camp, Monster Jam (monster truck rally), cross-country skiing, & snowshoeing events, family snow-tubing days at Trollhaugen, MSP airport fire fepartment visits, Saint Paul Saints games, Wheels & Wings Classic Car and Air Show, Commemorative Air Force Museum visits, World's Toughest Rodeo, hikes & naturalist talks at MN State Parks, etc.
    • Optional pack activities also include participating in Hugo's Good Neighbor Days Parade and our Annual Blue & Gold Banquet- a birthday party for the BSA!
  • Prioritizing
    1. Den meetings and family activitiesOf all the activities that are critical to Cub Scouting, these are most important.  Most advancement is accomplished in a den or family setting.  
    2. Pack meetings - Nearly as important are pack meetings, because they're fun and reinforce the themes outlined in the Scout Law and provide opportunities for a boy to be recognized for his achievements.  
    3. Service Projects - A Scout is kind. He is expected to help others.
    4. Camp - Boys who attend day camps and summer camps get much more out of Cub Scouting than boys who don't.  They build long lasting friendships and quickly earn towards advancement.
    5. Fun Days / Fun Nights and optional pack activities - These are supplemental to den, pack and camp programs.  You'll have fun together, learn new skills, and try something new.
  • Our Scouting year
    • Most of Pack 151's core programming takes place between September to June. Upon nearing the end of the school term, all the boys transition into the next rank (officially, June 1). During the summer, den meeting work on adventures may be suspended while the pack continues to meet monthly. Camps, Fun Days / Fun Nights and other optional pack activities are also available.  Participation in these counts toward the boys earning their Summertime Award pin.
  • Lion Scouts - BSA's pilot program for Kindergarteners
    • Lion Scouts is a pilot program of the Boy Scouts of America for Kindergarten-age boys.  Our Northern Star Council was the first in the nation to test this program.  It's since been expanded as a national pilot program.
    • Lions is a family program. A youth and his parent or caring adult partner join Scouting together. A group of six to eight boys and their adult partner meet together in a group called a Den. Dens will meet twice per month. They have fun participating in Den meetings and outings while making memories together.
    • Lion Den meetings and outings are facilitated by a Lion Guide and participating parents/guardians. The Lion Guide is an experienced Pack 151 Cub Scout leader. He or she will lead the first few Lion den meetings of the year. As Lion adult partners become familiar with how meetings are run, each adult partner takes their turn leading a den meeting or outing. The Lion Guide will continue to provide assistance and support. It's easy to follow the BSA's Lion den meeting plans, provided in the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook. Most meetings and outings are approximately 1 hour in length.
    • Lions are welcome to attend all pack meetings, outings and activities. 
    • Boys are recognized for their accomplishments as they work toward the Lion badge. The Lion badge is earned by completing five Lion adventures. Adventures are completed during the den meetings and outings. 
    • Lion families are not required to participate in the pack's fundraising efforts.
  • Pack 9151 (A.K.A. Pack 151)
    • In 2005 two Boy Scouts of America regional organizations, the Viking Council and the Indianhead Council, merged. The result of this merger is our Northern Star Council. To avoid duplication of same-numbered units from each of the old councils, units in our area (the Many Waters District) were re-numbered with an additional "9". Since the merger Hugo's Pack 151 has officially been known as Pack 9151. It's just that most people weren't aware of that change and preferred to keep using the old "151". Since we're using Scoutbook now, you'll need to keep 9151 in mind when you register online for camps. We'll still keep wearing 151 on our uniforms and on our flag to respect the traditions of our over 50 year old unit.
RECOGNITION
  • Do Your Best
    • This is the Cub Scouts motto and also our Cub Scouts' standard for completing adventures/rank requirements.  Once you, or a leader, or other adult signs-off on a completed adventure in the handbook, your Scout has completed the requirement and shall not be re-tested. It is always a good idea to practice skills, but not to re-test. Perfection is not necessary to complete an adventure. The Scout should always do his best, but it is not necessary to master a skill. In Cub Scouting, boys are judged against their own standard, not against other boys. If a boy has a disability or other reason why he cannot complete an adventure, bring this to the leader’s attention as soon as possible.
  • Recording Advancement Progress
    • Each parent/guardian is responsible for helping their Scout keep track of his completed adventures.  Do this by signing-off in his rank handbook and recording those in Scoutbook. Den and pack leaders will award your son with his earned adventure loops, rank awards and other awards based upon information provided by you via Scoutbook. Adventure loops, adventure pins, rank emblems and other awards will be presented at each scheduled pack meeting.
FINANCES - WHAT SCOUTING COSTS
  • Membership Dues
    • Our goal is to keep expenses to a minimum while providing a quality experience.
    • Membership Dues/ “Rechartering Fee” for CURRENT Cub Scouts: $74 includes:
      • Boy Scouts of America annual membership fee
      • Advancement and award items including: adventure loops/pins, rank emblem, a rank handbook, neckerchief, neckerchief slide, rank emblem, adventure loops/pins, Webelos colors, etc.
    • Membership Dues/ "Chartering Fee” for NEW Cub Scouts: $92 includes:
      • Boy Scouts of America annual membership fee
      • Advancement and award items including: adventure loops/pins, rank emblem, a rank handbook, neckerchief, neckerchief slide, rank emblem, adventure loops/pins, Webelos colors, etc.
      • * new scouts joining in September pay and additional (prorated BSA annual membership fee) $8 for the last portion of that year.
      • * new scouts pay a $10 fee for Fall Blast Off Camp 
    • Additional options:
      • Add $12 for Boy’s Life Magazine (recommended for Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos)
      • Add $10 for each "Class B" t-Shirt (recommended for all ranks, especially for summer camp)
  • Uniform Costs
    • Our pack's required Lion uniform costs roughly $48. Our pack's required Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos uniform costs roughly $59The optional "Class B" t-shirt costs $10
    • Uniform Exchange 
        • We may have a limited number of free youth and adult uniforms available from our Uniform Exchange for those who are not in the financial position to pay for a new uniform. The Northern Star Council, BSA's Uniform Exchange program is where Scouts and Scout Leaders can find used Scout uniforms for a nominal cost. It's also a great way to donate your gently used uniforms to Scouts that are in need of a Scout uniform. All Scout shirts, pants, shorts, neckerchiefs, slides, socks, patches, and more are welcome. Contact our Cubmaster or Committee Chair about the Uniform Exchange.
  • Other Costs
    • Many of the activities that we do outside of regular pack meetings, like camps and Fun Days / Fun Nights require an additional fee. In advance of each activity, we'll email you information about the activity that includes links to the required forms and and the amount of the participation fee. 
  • Fundraising
    • Boys work to raise money for themselves and their pack. We strongly encourage you and your Scout to participate in fundraising for several reasons: 
      • Scouting costs more than just the annual membership dues we collect. In fact, fundraising is the primary source of the pack's income and a big reason we can provide a great experience for the boys. 
      • Fundraising also relieves parents from a substantial financial commitment. 
      • All Scouts are required to participate in this critical part of Scouting with the sole exception of Lion families.  Lion families are welcome to participate, but their participation is not required.
  • Individual Scout Accounts
    • Scouts that raise a lot of money by selling popcorn and wreaths have the opportunity to entirely pay for their Scouting experiences through that fundraising effort. Boys who sell less can use their Individual Scout Account (ISA) to offset costs. ISA's serve as a motivator for boys to reach their full potential and “earn their way” in Scouting. Through his ISA, your boy can pay for Scouting's costs including camp fees, membership dues and Boy's Life magazine subscriptions. The pack must approve all items bought with his ISA prior to purchase, and a receipt must be submitted for reimbursement to the pack treasurer. Any unused balance in the ISA of a 2nd year Webelos scout may be drawn from through the end of the calendar year in which they move to the Boy Scout troop. As of December 31st of that year any remaining funds not transferred into a Boy Scout Troop will be transferred to the Pack’s Campership Fund. 
    • Here’s the breakdown: For popcorn sales, 30% of sales total goes to the popcorn manufacturer, 35% goes to the Northern Star Council, 15% goes to Pack 151, 5% goes to your Scout’s den, and 15% is allotted to his own Individual Scout Account (ISA). The ratios are a bit different for wreath sales, but your Scout will earn 15% towards his ISA.
  • Opting-out of Fundraising
    • For whatever reason, if your Scout does not participate in our fundraising efforts, you may choose to opt-out by giving a direct financial gift to Pack 151.  In doing so, please keep in mind that providing your son a quality Cub Scouts program costs between $200 and $250 annually. 
  • Financial Aid and Camperships
    • We realize that every family's financial circumstances are different and that participation may present a hardship for a family. No boy should be denied the Scouting experience for financial reasons. If your family's situation is such that you require assistance with any financial aspect of Scouting, please see your den leader, the Committee Chair or Cubmaster. Your request will be handled in confidence. Pack 151 and Northern Star Council can help offset expenses if the need arises. Camperships are also available for Scouts needing financial help to attend camp. Financial aid will be granted whenever possible; when this happens it is essential that the Scout and their family participate in fundraising events. This allows the Scout to fund their own registration and other scout fees.
UNIFORMS
  • Why do we need uniforms?  
    • Uniforms are important for our Scouts and our leaders. Similar to sports uniforms, your Cub Scouts uniform will help your boy feel like he's rightfully part of a special group. Pack 151 has uniform requirements based upon our program. Parents/guardians must purchase the required uniform and attach the emblems, insignia and patches.
  • Wearing the Uniform
    • Unless your den or pack leader says otherwise, your Scout should always wear his "Class A" Cub Scout uniform to all Scouting activities—not only den and pack meetings, but every activity in which you take part with other Cub Scouts. The shirt should always be tucked in and orderly. Everyone should understand the importance of representing the entire BSA organization while in uniform. 
  • Uniform details for each rank, including shopping list :
COMMUNICATIONS
  • Scoutbook
    • To assist Scouts, parents, and leaders in keeping track of rank advancements, and other awards, as well as to allow for better communications, Pack 151 has subscribed to an electronic management system known as Scoutbook. This powerful online tool, available for use on any internet-connected desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone allows parents to sign off on requirements earned at home with family and allows den leaders to electronically record completion of requirements. Scoutbook will not replace your son's paper rank handbook, but it will complement its use. 
  • Website
  • Facebook and other social media
    • Pack 151 has a Facebook page which we use to post general info and fun stories.  It's a way we connect to our greater Hugo and Scouting communities.  Avoid posting any specific or identifying information, especially the names of Scouts.
CODE OF CODUCT
Obeying the Scout Law is the foundation of our Code of Conduct.  This applies to both Scouts and adults.  "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."

Pack 151 has established the following Code of Conduct to provide Scouts, parents, and adult leaders with a framework of expectations and disciplinary actions for all members of the pack. This Code of Conduct will help ensure a common language and understanding for behavioral expectations, and consequences, allowing us to create an atmosphere conducive to fun, safety, and the values of Scouting.
 
  • Expectations
    • Cub Scouts
      • Be on time.
      • Notify your den leader if you will be unable to attend a den activity or Cubmaster if you will be unable to attend a pack activity.
      • Wear a proper uniform with PRIDE - to all Scouting events.
      • Listen and pay attention.
      • In response to the "Akela's/wolf ears" signal, silently return the sign.
      • Respect one another and your leader.
      • Keep hands and feet to yourselves.
      • Don't take anything from anyone else without first asking permission.
      • Show respect for your surroundings, indoors and out, leaving them in better condition than when they were found.
      • The buddy system is in effect at all times. If a Scout needs to leave the meeting space – for whatever reason – he must be accompanied by another Scout or his parent.
      • Never bring a knife to school or other public building.
      • Always DO YOUR BEST!
    • Parents
      • Assist your son in learning the Pack 151 Code of Conduct.
      • Work with den and pack Leaders as requested to ensure all boys in their den follow the code.
      • Act as role models, demonstrating proper behaviors, language, etc.
      • Pay attention, and in response to the "Akela's/wolf ears" signal, silently return the sign.
      • Limit your own use of electronic devices. Actively participate with your Scout and don't cause a distraction.
      • Parents are responsible for the conduct of their non-scout children during Pack activities.
      • Parents may be asked to remove disruptive children from these events.
      • Cub Scouting is a program based on parent/guardian and son participation. It is our policy that a parent/guardian or an adult family member accompanies the Scout on all Pack activities. Parents will also be asked to participate in activities from time to time.
      • No use of alcohol, tobacco products, or illegal drugs is permitted while at Scout functions.
      • Follow the BSA Guide to Safe Scouting
      • "Two Deep Leadership" & Youth Protection
        • In keeping with BSA's standards, we ensure that two Youth Protection Trained adults are together with Scouts at every event.  This is for the protection of everyone.  There are no circumstances in which a Scout is alone ever with any adult.  Leaders are required to complete and regularly update their Youth Protection Training, which includes the practice of two-deep leadership. For more information, please read the BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting - Youth Protection & Adult Leadership.
    • Adult Leaders
      • Treat all Cub Scouts as individuals, respecting their unique needs and capabilities.
      • Act as a role model, demonstrating proper behaviors, language, etc.
      • Wear your uniform at all scouting events.
      • Assume responsibility for the safety, well being, and behavior of your charges at all times.
      • Follow the BSA rules regarding discipline and other matters.
      • Follow the BSA Guide to Safe Scouting
      • "Two Deep Leadership" & Youth Protection
        • In keeping with BSA's standards, we ensure that two Youth Protection Trained adults are together with Scouts at every event.  This is for the protection of everyone.  There are no circumstances in which a Scout is alone ever with any adult.  Leaders are required to complete and regularly update their Youth Protection Training, which includes the practice of two-deep leadership. For more information, please read the BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting - Youth Protection & Adult Leadership.
  • Respect
    • 

We strive to provide our Scouts with a fun, safe and enjoyable scouting experience. Our Adult Leaders donate many hours of their free time to achieve this goal.
    • All Adult Leaders should be given your respect. Directions given by Adult Leaders must be obeyed for the good of all Scouts. Failure to do so may result in parental notification and possibly dismissal from that Scouting function. We want all boys to be able to participate in activities, but we also want want our Cub Scouts to learn that there are consequences for bad behavior.
    • Members of Pack 151 are expected to respect each other. Any behavior that injures, demeans, or offends other members of the Pack is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
  • Discipline
    • Participation in any Scouting activity by a Scout, Parent, or Adult Leader, will be conducted in a manner that upholds the principals, standards, and ideas of the Boy Scout of America as set forth in the Cub Scout Promise and Law.
    • 
We recognize that for boys to grow to responsible men, they need to be held accountable for their actions. Therefore, any Scout who intentionally participates in an activity that has the potential to harm himself or Pack members, or behaves in a manner that reflects negatively upon Pack 151 or the Boy Scouts of America, will be disciplined. Behavior that is cause for disciplinary action is outlined in the Discipline Policy Procedure and includes, but is not limited to, the following:
      • Not following the Leader's directions.
      • Significantly unsafe actions which may endanger himself or others.
      • Exploring physical hazards (lakes, creeks, etc.) without permission and supervision.
      • Leaving designated areas without the leader's permission.
      • Use of cursing or foul language.
      • Excessively rowdy, unruly, loud, disrespectful, disobedient, or disruptive behavior.
      • Physical or verbal hazing, bullying or harassment of others.
      • Use of any controlled or illegal substance during any Scouting function.
    • Discipline is at the discretion of the leader(s) in accordance with the following guidelines:
      • Failure to obey a rule will result in a warning followed by time out or removal from the activity.
      • In cases of harmful or repetitive misbehavior, the parent may be asked to remove their Scout.
      • Discuss the behavior problem with the parents and require that the parents of the child attend future events with their child and provide close-by and active supervision, correct or prevent future bad behavior. 
      • Den leaders have the right to exclude a Scout from their den for reasons of conduct. The situation will be reviewed by the Pack Committee and, in extreme cases, and after consultation with the Northern Star Council, a Scout may be dismissed from the Pack for reasons of misconduct.
      • Den meetings are for Scouts, their parents, and adult Leaders. Attendance by siblings is at the discretion of the den leader.
      • All Scouts, parents, and adult leaders are members of Pack 151 and are representatives of their community, family, and local Scouting Council. Therefore, all Scouts, Parents, and Adult Leaders are asked to obey this Code of Conduct as a condition for participation.
      • We want each Scout to be responsible for their own behavior, and only when necessary will the procedure be invoked to send a Scout home from their den or pack meeting or activity.
 
  • Guns
    • While many families allow their children to play with toy guns and weapons at home this is not appropriate at Scouting events and activities. Scouts are taught that it is inappropriate to ever point a gun at a living person or thing. If utilized in a game or skit guns may only be pointed at inanimate objects such as trees or bushes. Archery and BB gun handling are taught only at Council sponsored events and these items are not appropriate, and should not be brought to any other scouting event.

OUTINGS & CAMPING POLICY (WITHDRAWALS & REFUNDS)
  • Deadlines
    • Deadlines are necessary due to pre-payment requirements, the number of participants involved, the amount of paperwork handled, and limited space availability. To offer everyone plenty of time to check their calendars, deadlines are announced at the same time camps or outings are announced. Deadlines are strictly observed to ensure the pack can attend the camp or outings together. Families who do not fulfill all the registration requirements before deadlines may not be registered with the Pack. 
  • Withdrawing from a camp or outing
    • If you cannot attend a camp or outing that you've previously signed-up for please notify the Pack Outings Chair as soon as possible. The more notice we have of a potential withdrawal; the more options are available for refunds or rescheduling. 
  • Withdrawal prior to deadline
    • Registration fees will be credited to the Scout Account for use at a future outing. 
    • Refunds by check may be requested, but must be approved by the Pack Committee.
  • Withdrawal after deadline
    • Withdrawal after the deadline but more than 1 week prior to the camp or outing:
      • Refunds will depend on trading your reserved spot(s) with someone else who wants it. A refund is contingent upon having someone on the Wait List take over your reserved spot(s). If there are names on the Wait List, then your Individual Scout Account will be credited and your name(s) will be removed from the camp or outing roster.
      • If no names are on the Wait List, or there aren't enough people on the Wait List to fill your spots, the Pack Outings Chair will attempt to find replacement participants.
      • Upon finding replacement participants, we will credit your Individual Scout Account. 
      • Withdrawal in this timeframe will not result in a cash refund. 
      • If a replacement participant is not found no refund or credit will be given.
  • Withdrawing after the deadline and less than 1 week prior to the camp or outing:
    • Refunds or Individual Scout Account credits will not be issued, regardless of replacement participant availability on the Wait List.
    • If you find out that you can't attend in this timeframe, you won't get your money back. But your withdrawal could open up a spot for someone else on the Wait List who'd like to attend.
    • Following the camp or outing, families can appeal to the Pack Committee with the circumstances of their withdrawal and Individual Scout Account credit may be reconsidered.
  • No shows: Registered participants who do not show up will not receive a refund or credit.
  • Special outings and other policies:
    • The BSA and the Northern Star Council offer a number of special events, High Adventure Bases and a wide range of programs and training. These experiences require specific registration requirements that may differ somewhat from Pack 151’s Outings & Camping Policy. In these cases, the Den Leader, Pack Outings Chair, Pack Committee Chair, etc. will communicate the specific requirements to the pack's membership.


7. YOUR ROLE in SCOUTING - ADULT PARTICIPATION EXPECTATIONS

  • Your Scout's Success
    •  Our pack is only as strong as our members. Your son's experience in Scouting depends on your participation.
  • Expectations
    • Encourage him to do his best, experience new things, connect with friends, and participate in as much as your schedule allows
    • Support him at home by reading his handbook with him, ensure he's properly uniformed and prepared for activities, record his progress on Scoutbook.
    • Support him at Scouting events by making sure he's following the Code of Conduct and participating.
    • Notify your son’s den leader whenever your son will be absent or late for a meeting. 
    • Help your son's fundraising efforts. Support the pack’s financial goals by participating in fund raising activities. If personal commitments prevent you from sharing your time with the Pack, consider making an opt-out monetary donation. 
    • Get trained in BSA's Youth Protection Training, available online at http://www.myscouting.org within 30 days of your son joining the pack. Once you have completed this training, be sure to notify a pack leader. Be sure keep track of your BSA member number so you'll receive credit for the training.
    • Complete parts A and B of the BSA' Health and Medical Record for EVERY family member (Scout, parent, siblings) that will be participating in any of our meetings or outings. Turn this and a copy of your insurance card into the Cubmaster or Committee Chair. This form can be found on our Resources page. Keep a copy of these to take with you to camp.
    • Step up when asked. Your son's Scouting experience will be even better when you engage as a volunteer.
  • Leadership
    • Boy Scouts is a Scout-led program; Cub Scouts is a parent-led program. As the parent of a Cub Scout, you have a responsibility to be an active member of the Cub Scout pack. Every leader in Pack 151 is a volunteer and just like you, have many competing obligations. However, the success of our program is totally dependent upon parents who contribute the time needed to make Cub Scouting a fun and exciting experience for our Cub Scouts. We ask every parent to volunteer their time in an area of their choosing.
    • Parents will be asked to sign up at the beginning of the year, choosing to volunteer for a specific pack meeting or event.
    • The operation of the pack is overseen entirely by volunteers on our pack committee, which meets monthly. The regular attendees include individuals who have specific responsibilities in the pack - Committee Chair, Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmasters, Secretary, Treasurer, Unit Commissioner, Advancement Chair, Membership Chair, Outdoor/Activities Coordinator, Fundraising Chairs---as well as other interested parents. All parents are encouraged to attend at least one pack committee meeting per year so that they can better understand the operation of the pack.
    • The pack committee's members, under the leadership of its committee chair, interfaces with Hugo's American Legion Post 620, manages the finances of the pack, makes decisions about activities, monitors the progress of the Scouts and purchases awards, and purchases pack equipment. All of this effort makes it possible for everything to run smoothly.
    • The pack committee and den leaders do a lot, but the pack could not function without the active support of every parent. We like to have lots of adults at all meetings and activities, and we frequently have special projects with which we need help. It all starts with a leader asking for your help in a specific way. Or, if you see a specific need, jump right in!  The pack needs many volunteers who can help execute one or more specific activities throughout the year (such as an outing, activity, fundraisers, etc).  Fortunately, we can count on excellent parental support.
    • If you choose an ongoing role as a den leader, assistant den leader, cubmaster, treasurer, or pack committee member you'll find it's a great way to support your son and his Cub Scout friends.
  • Training
    • Scouts deserve trained leaders ! The BSA makes available a large number of training opportunities for adults that are involved with the pack, and we encourage all adults to become trained. This training tends to focus on ways to conduct safe scouting. 
      • After your training is completed, sign into Scoutbook.com, enter your BSA Member # in your profile, and sync with BSA's Scoutnet.  Ask a pack leader if you need help with this step.
    •  Basic training - getting started.  
      • These online courses are required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. A my.scouting.org login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.
        • Youth Protection Training
          • Every adult volunteer must first complete Youth Protection Training.
            The most important component of adult training is becoming familiar with the Youth Protection Guidelines, which among other things mandate that no adult ever be alone with Scouts. You'll find that we strictly follow a “two deep” leadership rule at all meetings and activities. 
            Get started at my.scouting.org The online course may be completed in 20-30 minutes.
        • Fast Start Orientation and This is Scouting Training. 
          • Intended to be taken by pack and den leaders immediately following the acceptance of their new role. Get started at my.scouting.org
    • Intermediate training - next steps.
      • Leader-Specifc Training
        • Find out what makes a successful den and pack. Take the leader specific online course that's right for you. Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader, Committee Chair, Cubmaster, Committee Member, and more are available. They're easy and very helpful. Take the next steps at my.scouting.org
    • Specialized training - Outdoor skills
      • Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO).
        • This one day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scouts outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their pack activities. BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the district or council level. BSA's Cub Scout camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a pack overnighter. Learn more at NSC's training page
      • Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL). 
        • This course is designed to help Webelos leaders enhance the outdoor program for the Webelos Scouts in their den by teaching some basic outdoor skills as well as skills needed to complete many of the Webelos or Arrow of Light adventures. This course can be taught as a stand-alone experience but is often presented in conjunction with the Boy Scouts' Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS). Learn more at NSC's training page
      • BSA Archery Range Master
        • Learn to teach archery basics. Operate a safe archery range for a Cub Scout or Boy Scout archery program according to BSA standards. Archery training must be renewed every two years, and this person must present a current Training Course Certificate to the camp ranger. Learn more at NSC's training page
      • BSA BB Gun Range Master 
        • This training allows enables an adult to be in charge of a BB gun firing line at any time it is in operation. BB gun training must be renewed every two years, and this person must present a current Training Course Certificate to the camp ranger. Learn more at NSC's training page
    • Advanced training
      • In-depth leadership training courses and specialized training required for specific Scouting activities.
        • Red Cross CPR/AED and Wilderness and Remote First Aid (WRFA). 
          • This training is required for 2 members of each Philmont, Northern Tier, Sea Base, and Summit crew. It's highly recommended for unit backcountry camping (Boy Scouts). Successful participation results in 2-year Red Cross certification. Learn more at NSC's training page
        • Wood Badge
    • Many Waters District Roundtable
      • The purpose of monthly Roundtable meetings is to help units succeed by providing useful program ideas and current information on council and district events and training opportunities. Roundtable provides leaders with skills, techniques, district and the know-how to make pack and troop operations successful.
      • Find monthly Roundtable meeting times and locations on our Scoutbook calendar or on the Many Waters District website.
    • Northern Star Council's University of Scouting
      • Two Saturdays each year, the University of Scouting is a fun-filled, hands-on opportunity to network with other Scouters, and is truly a learning adventure. This one-day supplemental training event is designed for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Sea Scout Leaders, and Venturing and Sea Scout youth leaders regardless of experience.
      • Past courses have included den meeting planning tips, outdoor cooking, knots and lashing, building a super pack, and more.
      • Northern Star Council's University of Scouting page has all the details.



8. LEADER ROLES

WHICH ONE'S RIGHT FOR YOU?
  • There are many leadership roles available and we'd love for you to join our leadership team. Step up as a one-time volunteer or sign up in an ongoing role. Please keep in mind that the pack and den leaders you know now likely have sons that will be leaving the pack for a Boy Scout Troop in a few years. Succession planning is important and we work to ensure continuity of good leadership for years to come.  
  • Please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for a list of all that's available.



9. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES



10. QUESTIONS?

If at any point and time you have any suggestions, questions or concerns that will help our Pack get stronger, get better and “Do it’s Best” - Please feel free to join us at our committee meetings or send an email to the Pack Committee.

So in closing, we would like to WELCOME you and your family to Pack 151 and thank you for the commitment to help our pack grow.