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How do I join?
  1. Fill out application form:Youth Membership FormAdult Membership Form
  2. Fill out medical form*:  Medical Form
  3. Return forms and payment to cubmaster or committee chair.
* Medical form and copy of insurance card required for camp outs.

How much does it cost to join?

The dues to join is $85/year for the 1st scout per family, and $60/year for each additional scout per family.
  • Annual dues cover scout registration costs, insurance, subscription to Boys Life magazine, and annual pack expenses (such as meeting facility costs, scout awards and advancement belt loops, storage facility rent, pack meeting materials, etc).  The pack treasurer's report is available upon request at any time.
  • Note:  If cost is an issue for you please let us know.  We are flexible with dues and can accept installment payments or assist with the cost of joining if need be (and will be handled confidentially).  We believe in the benefits of this program for our boys and that cost should not be an obstacle for participation.
What happens next?
  1. Den Assignment - Once you turn in your application and medical form your scout will be added to our pack roster and placed in a den at the rank consistent with his grade.  We will contact you and let you know your den information and assist in facilitating your first den meeting.  Dens typically meet 2 or 3 times per month in addition to the monthly pack meetings.
  2. Email Group - You will be added to our pack email distribution (bsapack958@googlegroups.com) and sent an email invitation to join.  This is the primary method we use to communicate updates regarding pack news and information.
  3. Scout Track - You will be added to our pack listing in Scout Track at www.scouttrack.com and sent an email invitation to join this as well.  This is an online site that is used to record completion of scout achievements and adventures, which your Den Leader and the Advancement Coordinator use to track your scout's progress toward rank advancement.  Any time your scout completes a scout activity in a den meeting or at home, you can log in and enter this update into Scout Track.
What else do I need?
  1. Cub Scout Handbook for your scout's rank (1st grade Tiger, 2nd grade Wolf, 3rd grade Bear, or 4th/5th grade Webelos).  Cost ~$13 at Clear Lake Scout Shop
  2. Cub Scout Uniform (cost ~$50 at Clear Lake Scout Shop)
    • Class A scout shirt (blue for Tiger / Wolf / Bear, tan for Webelos)
    • Council patch, pack number patches, den insignia, and world scouting patch
    • Belt
    • Neckerchief and slide will be provided by the pack at September pack meeting (so don't buy these)
    • Cap and official pants are optional
  3. Class B Pack T-shirt (obtain from pack committee chair for $10 each)
  • The handbook and uniform can be obtained at the Clear Lake Scout Shop located in the United Way building at 1300 Bay Area Blvd, Suite 107.  The staff there will help make sure you have what you need.  Sewing services are also provided for patches if needed.

What's expected of me?

Cub Scouting is a program that boys and families can do together.  Scouting generally needs a time commitment of about 1 to 2 hours per week on activities including den meetings to work on scouting activities as well as any achievements that are designed to be completed at home with the family.  Cub Scouts participate in all pack and den activities with a parent or other adult member of the family.

Scouting operates through volunteer leadership; usually parents just like you.  Volunteer leaders are an example of Scouting's principle of service to others.  When you volunteer to help, you not only serve Scouting but also help your son and his friends, and have the chance to be a positive influence on the youth in the community.  Volunteering to help with pack or den activities helps strengthen the bond between parent and child.


Volunteer Opportunities

What does it take to be a volunteer?  A long, rich background of Scouting involvement is NOT required!.  What is needed is a desire to work with and help young people, a willingness to make a little time in your weekly schedule, and the rest is easy!  Lots of resources and training are available and many people are available to support your efforts.

Our pack is always looking for willing adult partners to help, whether it is helping with den leadership, a pack committee role, or even a small task in support of one of our pack events such as Pinewood Derby.  If you are willing to help with any of the "open" positions in our pack (shown in the table on the About page) or in any other capacity, please let us know!  You can contact the cubmaster or committee chair to learn more about the specific roles or other opportunities, and any training that is available.

Every bit helps!  As the saying goes "Many hands make light work".


Training

Registered adult leaders and volunteers can receive online position-specific training for a range of positions and topics.  This training is available at https://my.scouting.org/.  The first time you log in you will need to create an account.  If you don't have your BSA ID number yet you can still create an account, however you will need to update your profile later with your BSA ID number to receive credit for any training you take.


Youth Protection

The BSA has adopted specific youth protection policies for the safety and well-being of its members. These policies primarily protect youth members, however they also serve to protect adult leaders. Parents and youth using these safeguards outside the Scouting program further increase the safety of their youth. Scout leaders in positions of youth leadership and supervision outside the Scouting program will find these policies help protect youth in those situations as well.  Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all registered adult leaders, and can be taken online at https://my.scouting.org/.  Additional information about BSA's youth protection policies can be found here: http://www.scouting.org/training/youthprotection.aspx


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