New Family Info
What Happens Next?
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.
Email Group - You will be added to our pack email distribution. This is the primary method we use to communicate updates regarding pack news and information.
Scout Book - You will be added to our pack listing in Scout Brack at www.scoutbook.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 Book.
What Else Do I Need?
The following items are needed and can be purchased at the local 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.
Cub Scout Handbook for your scout's rank
Cub Scout Uniform
Class A scout shirt (Lion t-shirt, Blue uniform shift for Tiger / Wolf / Bear, Tan uniform shirt for Webelos)
Council patch, pack number patches, den insignia, and world scouting patch
*Cap and official pants are optional
*Neckerchief and slide will be provided by the pack, so don't buy these
Class B Pack T-shirt (available for sale at our pack meetings.
What's Expected of Me?
Cub Scouting is a program that youth and families 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.
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 or in any other capacity, please let us know! You can contact us here 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."
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.
Youth Protection Training
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 all parents attending overnight activities, 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
How Do I Join?
Apply Online -or- fill out application form: Youth Membership Form, Adult Membership Form
Fill out medical form*: Medical Form
Return forms and payment to Cubmaster, Committee Chair, or Membership Chair (contact info here).
* Medical form and copy of insurance card required for camp-outs.
Questions about Cub Scouting? Take a look at what's here. Then contact one of our leaders for more information.