Welcome to Pack 246!

Celebrating over 40 years – Since 1973 – Located in Tampa, FL – Tocobaga District

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YOUR SON, SCOUTING, AND YOU

Scouting … An Aid To Parents
As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a person of self-worth, who is self-reliant, dependable and caring. Scouting has these same goals for your son. Since 1910, we have been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, promoting citizenship, and fostering physical fitness in youth.

Scouting is family values … but Cub Scout age boys don’t join Scouting just to get their character built – they join because it is fun.

SCOUTING IS FUN WITH A PURPOSE!

Here’s a quick rundown of the Cub Scout Program:

MEETINGS
While school is in, we meet once a week on Thursdays at 6:45 PM. These weekly meetings are called “Den Meetings” and generally last an hour. It’s during these meetings that the Dens work on their achievements. Once a month all of the Dens meet together at the Pack Meeting, which is almost always on the last Thursday of the Month. At these meetings, the scouts showcase what they’ve learned or have been working on in their Den Meetings, and recieve any awards or achievements they have earned. Also, if you’re a Den Leader or a Committee Member, we get together on the first Tuesday of every month to talk about what we’re working for the next Pack Meeting, discuss Pack business, and plan future events.

FIRST GRADE – TIGER SCOUTS
1. Ideallly, each den has five to eight boy/adult teams.
2. The den gets together up to four times each month:
– At Den Meetings, which are generally held on Thursday nights at 6:45 PM
– Tigers usually have one field trip or outing each month
– The Pack meeting (with all of the other dens) is held on the last Thursday of the Month at 6:45 PM
– Den Meetings are conducted by the Tiger Den Leader (a parent volunteer) and last no more than one hour.
3. Uniforms:
– Tiger Cubs wear the blue Cub Scout uniform with orange neckerchief, blue and orange cap, blue web belt and belt totem.
– Adult partners can wear the orange Tiger Cub t-shirt.
– The den leader should wear a Cub Scout Leader uniform with the orange neckerchief.
4. Advancement
– The Tiger Cub first earns his belt totem.
– After the Tiger Cub completes five achievements, he receives the Tiger Cub badge.
– For every 10 electives completed, the Tiger Cub earns a Tiger Trackbead.
– The last items completed as a Tiger Cub are the requirements for the Bobcat badge..

SECOND GRADE – WOLF SCOUTS
THIRD GRADE – BEAR SCOUTS

1. 2nd grade boys are in a Wolf Den, while 3rd grade boys are in a Bear den.
2. Each den ideally has five to eight boys.
3. Led by a den leader (a parent volunteer).
4. The den leader is assisted by an assistant den leader, and sometimes a den chief (an older Boy Scout).
5. The den meets once a week.
6. Den meetings have games, crafts, songs, ceremonies, and periodic field trips revolving around a monthly theme. Work on advancement is usually done at den meetings.

FOURTH GRADE – JR WEBELOS
FIFTH GRADE – SR WEBELOS

1. Each den has five to eight boys.
2. Led by a Webelos den leader (usually a parent).
3. The Webelos den leader is assisted by an assistant den leader, and sometimes a den chief (an older Boy Scout).
4. The den meets once a week.
5. Den meetings have games, crafts, songs, ceremonies, and periodic field trips revolving around a monthly theme.
6. In Webelos, boys do many of the advancement requirements at den meetings, but they still work on a few requirements at home with the help of their parents.

THE CUB SCOUT PACK
ALL FIRST THROUGH FIFTH GRADE BOYS ARE MEMBERS OF A PACK
1. Packs are made up of one or more dens.
2. Our Pack meets on the last Thursday of every month — all Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear and Webelos families are expected to participate.
3. The pack meeting is planned and led by the Cubmaster.
4. The pack meeting is the highlight of the month.
5. Pack meetings have games, skits, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of badges and awardsthat the boys have earned during the month.

THE PACK IS RUN BY THE PACK COMMITTEE
1. All parents, den leaders, and pack leaders can be members of the pack committee.
2. The pack committee meets once per month.
2. The committee selects leaders, finds meeting places, performs record keeping, manages pack finances, orders badges and awards, coordinates fundraising projects, helps train leaders, and recognizes leaders.
3. Committee meetings are led by the committee chairperson.

THE PACK IS OWNED BY A CHARTERED ORGANIZATION
1. Chartered organizations include schools, religious organizations, service clubs, and other organizations interested in youth.
2. The chartered organization approves all leaders in the pack, provides a meeting place for the pack meetings, and helps the pack follow the BSA guidelines and policies.
3. The chartered organization selects a chartered organization representative who serves as the contact person for your pack.

A FEW WORDS ON LEADERSHIP
Pack 246 is run 100% by volunteers – people just like you. In order for things to run smoothly, participation from the parents is critical. If someone doesn’t volunteer to help – it doesn’t get done, and the scouts have no fun! Is it scary to step up and volunteer to be a Den Leader? Generally, it’s nothing short of terrifying for first timers – I won’t lie to you there. However, the rest of the Den Leaders and the Cubmaster will help you out any way we can. Once you get one or two Den Meetings under your belt, things get MUCH easier. We always work “two deep” in leadership at Pack 246, which means there’s always two Den Leaders – generally the Leader and the Assistant (or two Leaders). The two leaders keep in the loop on what their Den is doing and cover for each other if someone has a schedule conflict.

Contrary to what most think, the Committee members run the Pack. The Den Leaders do not – they run their Den. It’s the Committee that decides how money is raised and spent, plans the calendar of Pack events, and so forth. The Committee is led by the Commitee Chair who organizes the volunteers and creates specific Committee positions to fill our needs.