established 2007

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This is an ever-growing and ever-changing Frequently Asked Questions comprised of questions found commonly on different Cub Scout Pack websites and heard from Pack 042 parents.  If you have a suggestion for an FAQ inclusion on this page, let one of the Pack 042 leadership know.


Pack 042 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How active will we have to be as parents with the Pack?

We expect all parents to be involved.  You can help by serving on our pack committee (we have several jobs available), as a volunteer for one of our many activities, or as a den leader or assistant leader for your son's den.  The pack will provide training for any position you select and experienced leaders will always be available as a resource to help you.  The more involved you are, the more your son will get out of the program.  If your son is a Tiger Cub, one parent will be required to attend each den and pack meeting in order for your son to be able to participate.


We are very involved in sports and other family activities and don't feel like we can do everything. Does this mean my son can't be a Scout?

We welcome your son's involvement at any level of commitment he and you can make.  If sports is a big part of his life, you'll be pleased to learn that many of his sports activities can qualify for advancement and other awards in the Cub Scouting program.  All we ask is that you let your den leader know in advance that you won't be able to make a meeting or activity so that they don't expect you to come.  You will be required to pay the registration fee and meet all of the other requirements for the program, including the uniform guidelines.


How early can I drop my boy off before the meeting? What if I'm busy and can't pick him up exactly when the meeting ends?

Please, Please, PLEASE! Make sure you understand this: WE ARE NOT RUNNING A BABY SITTING SERVICE!!! BSA doesn't stand for Baby Sitters of America. This is not someplace where you can drop your children off for an hour or so while you run some errands. Scouting is a family program. You will be expected to stay at the meeting with your son and help him out if you can in any way possible, along with the other parents, to make your sons den run smoothly. Pack meetings are for the whole family.


What about spring break and other holidays? Do you still have Cub Scout meetings?

Here is the Rule of Thumb: If the school is closed for the day due to holiday or weather, we don't meet. If school closes early for weather, we don't meet. We have taken into consideration with the aide of the School Calendars (both Blessed Trinity's and the Public School) along with the Parishes' calendars to have the least amount of conflict with these schedules when developing the yearly Pack schedule. There is always a chance that planning so far ahead of time can bring unforeseen conflicts and we adjust those dates occasionally as they arise. You will be notified of those days as we get them, or simply look on our scouting calendar here on our website..


Where do you get the Cub Scout leaders?

The leadership of this Cub Scout Pack is made up of volunteer parents and adults (like YOU!) who want to be involved in their son's growth and formative years. We are not paid to do this. We think enough of our boys and their friends that we want to provide the best possible opportunity for them to become upstanding citizens of their community. We need both registered and unregistered adult participation volunteering to help with the success of our Cub Scouting Program.  Talk to any of our Pack leadership if you would like to become a registered adult leader, otherwise please sign up to help by checking out our Pack 042 Volunteering Needs and contacting the Cubmaster with your interest.


Why do all scouts and adult leaders wear uniforms?

The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body.  We uniform because it is a means of identifying ourselves openly with the principles to which we are committed: character development, citizenship, values, physical and mental fitness.  The uniform is not intended to hide our individuality. It is a bond which ties millions of scouts throughout the United States. It is a way of making visible our commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country, and to helping other people.  Uniforms may be bought at the Scout Shop.


How are Cub Scouts organized?

The Pack is a group made up of several dens.  The Pack includes not only the boys in those dens, but also their families, and their leaders. The Packs meets once a month with Cub Scouts, leaders, parents and other family members attending.  The Pack meeting is the climax of the month's den meetings and activities.  It gives the dens something to look forward to and work toward.  This is a chance to recognize the boys, their parents, and their leaders.  In addition to its regular meetings, the Pack sponsors certain special projects. These include community projects (e.g., Adopt a Highway trash pickup days), outdoor activities (e.g., field trips, family campouts, etc.), fund raising activities, and fun competitions (e.g., Pinewood Derby).  The Cubmaster is an adult volunteer who serves as master of ceremonies at all Pack meetings and leads Pack activities of all kinds.  Pack Leadership positions may be held by women or men.  The Pack Committee is a group of adult volunteers who plan the Pack program and individual activities as well as managing such things as record keeping, finance, leadership recruitment, and registration. The Pack Committee meets monthly and meetings are open to any interested parent.  A Cub Scout Pack is divided into small groups of boys called dens, who meet weekly under the direction of adult Den Leaders.  The Den Leaders are trained parent volunteers.  The den allows boys to get to know each other better and engage in activities that would be difficult in a larger group.  Sometimes work on advancement requirements is included, but most of that work is accomplished by the boys with their parents.  The Den Leaders may ask for special help occasionally from parents (helping with a meeting, sharing a special skill, or just providing a snack for the boys).  Dens are organized by rank.  Ranks are organized by grade and age: Tiger Cub Dens (1st grade) Wolf Dens (2nd Grade) Bear Dens (3rd grade) Webelos Dens (4th & 5th grades)


What is a Charter Organization?

A Charter Organization is the sponsoring organization for a Cub Scout pack, usually a church, PTA, homeowners' association or other community group. The primary responsibilities of the Charter Organization are to select the leadership of the pack and provide a meeting place. Each year, the pack must renew its Charter with its local council. The Charter Organization must approve the re-chartering application in order for the Charter to be renewed. To see Pack 042's affiliations check out the About Us & Contact Us page