Cub Scout Pack 150
Frequently Asked Questions
2017-18 Scouting Year
I don’t live in Maytown or Marietta. Can I still join Pack 150?
Yes! You don’t need to live in Maytown or Marietta to join our Pack. Parents select a Pack based on a number of factors, including but not limited to, when and where den meetings are held, what Pack their son’s friends attend, and how active the Pack is.
Is there a certain time of year that I have to join?
While most scouts join our Pack in the Fall, you are welcome to join at any time!
Where does my scout fit in? What is a den/pack/district/council?
Your Scout is a member of a den based on his grade. Kindergarteners are Lions, first graders are Tigers, second graders are Wolves, third graders are Bears, fourth graders are Webelos I’s and fifth graders are Webelos II’s. All of the dens that meet at Donegal Presbyterian Church come together to form a Pack. We are Pack 150. Our Pack falls under the Harvest District. The Harvest District covers several school districts – Columbia, Elizabethtown, Donegal, Hempfield, Lancaster, Manheim Central and Manheim Township. Our district, along with two other districts, fall under the Pennsylvania Dutch Council.
How much time is required of the parents and scouts?
Cub Scouting is a family program. Activities are intended for the whole family. Many of the skills that scouts learn are family oriented. The amount of time required of the parents and scouts depend on how involved they chose to be.
Den meetings are every Thursday (except the 3rd Thursday of the month) at 6:30pm. A parent or guardian is required to be present if their scout is a Lion or a Tiger, unless other arrangements have been made with the Den leader in advance. While a parent or guardian is not required to be present if their scout is a Wolf, Bear, or Webelos, it is certainly encouraged. There may also be weeks that a Den leader does request for a parent or guardian be present.
In addition to the adventures that scouts complete during their den meetings, there are numerous other elective adventures that can be completed for each rank. Be sure to flip through your scout’s handbook!
There are also numerous other activities that parents and scouts can chose to participate in during the year. Past Pack activities have included hiking, fishing, camping, baseball games, ice hockey games, and destination sleepovers.
What will my son learn in Cub Scouts?
Cub Scouts learn how to live by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the 10 purposes of Cub Scouting:
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- Sportsmanship and Fitness
- Family Understanding
- Respectful Relationships
- Personal Achievement
- Friendly Service
- Fun and Adventure
- Preparation for Boy Scouts
How do scouts earn advancements/awards?
Scouts earn advancements/awards with their den and with their family. Your scout’s handbook describes all advancements, both required and elective, for your scout’s current rank (Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos). Each advancement has guidelines for earning the advancement that are outlined in your scout’s handbook. If you chose to complete advancements outside of den meetings, you will need to update Scoutbook or provide the information to your scout’s den leader so that their advancement record can be updated. Additional awards can be found in Scoutbook and can be entered by parents, den leaders, or other Pack leadership.
Who has access to Scoutbook and what is it used for?
All families should have access to Scoutbook. Scoutbook is great for viewing activities for the entire year, entering requirements completed for adventures, and checking your Scout Account balance. You can also track your scout’s camping, hiking, and service work in Scoutbook. The only persons who can access information regarding your scout are the parents/guardians, your scout’s den leader, and certain members of the committee. Please let your den leader know if you need any assistance with Scoutbook.
Where do I get a uniform?
You can purchase your scout uniform at the PA Dutch Council BSA Scout Shop, located at 630 Janet Ave #114, Lancaster, PA 17601. In the past, some families have also had luck purchasing a used uniform from such sites as eBay. The Pack also has a small supply of used uniforms that have been donated for families in need.
How can I help the pack?
The pack is always in need of volunteers! Whether you want to make an ongoing commitment or are willing to help out for a specific activity, it will be appreciated. Please see your den leader or a member of the committee for additional information. Also, please be sure to fill out the family talent survey!
Do volunteers receive any kind of incentive?
As an incentive and a thank you for those who volunteer to serve in an on-going position, including registered committee members and registered leaders, the Pack will show it’s appreciation by crediting the volunteer’s child(ren)’s scout account with 50% of the annual dues. There is a maximum of one credit per volunteer and each child’s scout account can only receive one credit. The current annual dues are $50, so the scout account will be credited with $25. In order to be eligible for the credit for the 2017/2018 year, you must become a registered committee member or registered leader no later than January 1, 2018 and remain in the position until June 30, 2018. The credit will be given during July 2018. If the volunteer leaves the position prior to June 30, 2018, no partial credit will be given.