We’ve had several families ask about whether we’d offer faith-based Cub Scouts for ages 7-10 as an extension of our current Boy Scout Troop in Hackensack (which is tailored for boys ages 11 thru 17).
We will be hosting an organizational meeting on September 18th at Carlstadt Christian Assembly (307 Washington Street, Carlstadt, NJ 07072). The meeting will start at 7 PM.
Several families have already expressed an interest and are planning to attend the meeting.
This is a family-inclusive program where dads and moms are involved in the programming and advancement activities of sons ages 7 to 10.
If you and your son(s) have any interest, any questions, or would simply like to know more about the cub scout program, PLEASE come to this meeting.
If you and your son(s) have any interest, any questions, or would simply like to know more about the cub scout program, PLEASE come to this meeting. If you need help with directions or have questions prior to the meeting, please contact Pastor Marc Tarantino @ 201.424.3965 or marctarantino @ verizon (dot) net
The Den meetings could be held in various locations (depending on the preferences of the families and Den Leaders) and the Pack meetings (once a month) would likely be held in Carlstadt.
What Is Cub Scouting?
(excerpted from www.scouting.org)
Cub Scouting is fun! Do you like to learn by doing? This is just the place. You can learn to tie knots, set up a tent, shoot a bow and arrow (archery). Have you ever cooked a meal on a campfire? Build a bird house? Play Ultimate? Hike? Earn rewards for doing these things in Cub Scouts.
Cub Scouts Belong to Pack and Den
As a Cub Scout you will be part of your own pack.
The pack is divided into smaller groups called dens. Each den has about six to eight boys.
The Cub Scout pack belongs to a church, a school, or some other group of people in your community or neighborhood. This group makes sure your pack has good adult leaders, a place to meet, and exciting things to do. The group gets help from the Boy Scouts of America, which is part of Scouting around the world.
Cub Scouts Do Things and Go Places
Have you been to the local Police Station and talked to the policement on duty? Or visited the Fire Station and sat in the drivers seat of the pumper truck? Or visited the local tv station and sat in the news anchors chair? These are some of the places you might go with your den or pack.
You might also: Build a Pinewood Derby car and race it on the track, build a sail boat or trimaran and race it in the raingutter regatta or build a space ship and race it to the stars in the pack space derby.
Cub Scouts Earn Awards
Each time you complete an accomplishment or learn a new skill you will be rewarded. Sometimes the reward is a bead or a patch. Some times it is a smile on your parents face to see you grow and learn.
FAQ: The Cub Scout Program
(Excerpted from http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/FAQS/awards.aspx)
Are Cub Scouts the same as Boy Scouts?
Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America—so in that sense, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are both members of the same organization. However, they are entirely different programs: Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program designed specifically to address the needs of younger boys.
How often do Cub Scouts meet?
Cub Scouts meet in their dens once each week, and a pack meeting is held for all Cub Scouts and their families once a month. Beyond that, it depends on the den and pack: a den may hold a special activity, such as a service project or visit to a local museum in place of one of the weekly meetings or in addition to the weekly meetings. Likewise, a pack may conduct a special event such as a blue and gold banquet as an additional event, rather than a substitute for its monthly pack meeting.
What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting?
At minimum, each boy in Cub Scouting will need a uniform and a handbook. Each year, the handbook changes, as does the cap and neckerchief, but other uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years. When a boy enters a Webelos den, he may need to obtain a new uniform if the parents in the den opt for the khaki-and-olive uniform.
Additional supplies and equipment may be needed for certain activities such as camping trips or field days. What equipment is needed, as well as whether it will be provided by the unit, will vary from pack to pack. Den and pack leaders should provide parents with information about any supplies that will be required at the beginning of each program year.
Where can I purchase BSA literature, uniforms, and other program materials?
Our uniforms, literature, and other Scouting merchandise is available at your local council, Scout Shops, and other licensed distributors. Visit the Supply Division Web site at www.scoutstuff.org to find a list of distributors in your area. If there aren’t any suppliers near you, you can order directly from the Supply Division by telephone.
When a Cub Scout earns the Arrow of Light, may he immediately join a Boy Scout troop?
Boy Scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light and are at least ten years old—so a Webelos Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light is eligible to join a troop immediately (provided he is at least ten years old).
However, many packs coordinate with a local Boy Scout troop to facilitate the transition from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. In these instances, it is better for the boy, his family, and both units if all Webelos Scouts make the transition together, in a coordinated fashion, rather than having each boy leave the pack as soon as he is eligible.