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Welcome, New Scouts!!!

posted Sep 9, 2014, 6:44 PM by Cubmaster 1   [ updated Sep 9, 2014, 7:00 PM ]
The beginning of the year is an exciting time for Pack 121--particularly because of all the new faces that come into our Pack!  If you are a new family to our Pack, and to Cub Scouts, we welcome you and want you to know how happy we are to have you with us!  

For boys that are brand-new to Cub Scouts, there is no time wasted before earning their very first rank badge--the Bobcat badge!  All new scouts, regardless of age/grade level, must earn this badge first.  

Our goal is for all new scouts to complete their Bobcat badge requirements in time for the October Pack Meeting, at which time we'll have a special ceremony to present the boys with their very first earned badge!

To earn the Bobcat badge, a new Cub Scout must follow these steps:

  1. Learn and say the Cub Scout Promise and complete the Honesty Character Connection.
    The Cub Scout Promise
    I _(name)_ promise to do my best
    To do my duty to God and my country,
    To help other people, and
    To obey the Law of the Pack.
    The Honesty Character Connection
    Know: Discuss these questions with your family. What is a promise? What does it mean to "keep your word?" What does honesty mean? What does it mean to "do your best?"
    Commit: Discuss these questions with your family. Why is a promise important? Why is it important for people to trust you when you give your word? When might it be difficult to keep your word? List examples.
    Practice: Discuss with family members why it is important to be trustworthy and honest and how can you do your best to be honest when you are doing the activities in Cub Scouting.
  2. Say the Law of the Pack. Tell what it means.
    The Cub Scout follows Akela.*
    The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
    The pack helps the Cub Scout Grow.
    The Cub Scout gives goodwill.
    *In Cub Scout packs, Akela is a symbol of wisdom, authority, and leadership. Akela is anyone who acts as a leader to the Scout. Akela can be a Cubmaster, Den Leader, parent or teacher depending on where the guidance takes place. In den meetings, it is the Den Leader who is Akela. During pack meetings it is the Cubmaster. At home, the parents fill this role. 
  3. Tell what Webelos means.
    WE'll BE LOyal Scouts
  4. Show the Cub Scout sign. Tell what it means.
  5. Show the Cub Scout handshake. Tell what it means.
  6. Say the Cub Scout motto. A motto is a guiding principle.
    "Do Your Best."
  7. Give the Cub Scout salute. Tell what it means.
  8. With your adult partner, complete the exercises in the parent's guide, "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse." (click the link to see the guide)