Remember, tonight is the recruitment night at 7:00 at Bells School. Scouts should be in full uniform to set the example for any new boys looking to join our Pack. We have lots of announcements, details on upcoming events, and additional sign ups for show-n-sales. If you have not submitted your registration for this year please bring it with you and if you will be attending Webelos Weekend in October we need payment tonight.
Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
Please keep Saturday October 26th open. I am planning a trip to this wildlife refuge for all our Webelos. Throughout the day they will complete both the Forester and Naturalist Activity Badges. I will pass on additional information once the date is confirmed.
Welcome Back! Our first Den meeting of the year and our only Den meeting of September will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday September 16th at Bells School. Please bring your new Webelos handbook, they are available at Bob’s Hobby’s in Pitman or on-line. This meeting will be a chance to explain the Webelos program and set some rules and expectations for the year.
We will begin working on the Fitness and Athlete activity badges. I should also have details on our Webelos Weekend camping trip. Have a great week!
As we begin our first year with Webelos your involvement as a parent is vital. Scouting can help families teach their children a wholesome system of values and beliefs while building and strengthening relationships among family members. Our Den already has parents who are involved on committee but we always welcome more. If you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of our Cub Scout Pack, attending one of our committee meetings is a great place to start.
Don’t feel you have to attend, just know you are always welcome. Do you have ideas for outings or events? We are not asking for much. Maybe you have a hobby or interest you can share, or a job the boys would like to hear about. We usually meet the first Sunday of each month. This month’s meeting is this Sunday at 7:00 at my house. The meetings are for parents only and usually last less than two hours.
Anyone interested in attending this Sunday please send me or Michell an e-mail or comment below. As always contact me anytime with questions.
Your son has completed his Bear year and is moving on to Webelos. The Webelos program is different from the Tiger, Wolf, and Bear programs in several ways:
- Webelos is a transitional program between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. During the next year and a half, we will be doing more traditional scout skills like first aid, fitness, outdoor skills, and scout craft (knots and things like that).
- Instead of working on achievements, your son will be earning activity badges. The badges are vocation and interest oriented.
- We will spend the first few months working on the Webelos badge. After the Scouts earn that badge, they will be working on their Arrow of Light award.
What Are Activity Badges?
As mentioned above, Webelos work on Activity badges. When your son completes the requirements for a badge, he will receive a pin to wear on his uniform. There are twenty activity badges which are grouped into five different groups:
- Physical Skills Group: Aquanaut, Athlete, Fitness, and Sportsman
- Technology Group: Craftsman, Engineer, Handyman, and Scientist
- Mental Skills Group: Artist, Scholar, Showman, and Traveler
- Outdoor Group: Forester, Geologist, Naturalist, and Outdoorsman
- Community Group: Citizen, Communicator, Family Member, and Readyman
The requirements for the badges can be found in your son’s Webelos handbook. If you do not have a handbook one can be purchased at Bob’s Hobbies and Crafts in Pitman, If you have any expertise in any of these areas, then your help with the badge would be greatly appreciated. Or maybe you have a relative or friend who could come to one of our meetings and give a presentation related to the badge we are working on.
How Does My Son Earn the Webelos Badge?
- He must learn some things about Webelos and Boy Scouts
- He will lead a flag ceremony
- He must complete the Faith components of the requirements.
- He must earn the Fitness activity badge, the Citizen activity badge, and one other activity badge from the Technology, Mental Skills, or Outdoor group.
- You must read the Parent’s Guide in the front of the Webelos handbook and sign the book to indicate you have read it.. This is one of the requirements for the badge.
We will try to do most of the requirements during meetings, but he might have to do some things at home also. Our goal is for all of the Scouts in our den to complete the Webelos badge requirements by December of their first Webelos year.
How Does My Son Earn the Arrow of Light Award?
- He must earn his Webelos badge first.
- He will need to earn the Outdoorsman activity badge, the Readyman activity badge, and three more activity badges – including one from the Mental Skills group and one from the Technology group. These must be in addition to the activity badges he earned for the Webelos badge requirements.
- He must continue to learn about Boy Scouts.
- He must do some camping or hiking.
- He must visit the Boy Scout troop with you and talk to the Scoutmaster.
- There are a few other requirements also.
Once again, we will try to do most of the requirements during our meetings. Our goal is for all of the Scouts in our den to complete the Arrow of Light requirements by December of their second Webelos year.
Why Is the Arrow of Light Award Important?
The Arrow of Light award is the highest award a Cub Scout can earn. In addition, boys who have earned the Arrow of Light can join the Boy Scout troop even if they are only 10 years old. If he doesn’t earn the Arrow of Light, he cannot join the troop until he is 11.
Working on this award is also important because it prepares your son to be a Boy Scout. The Boy Scout program is much different than the Cub Scout program. The experience your son gains while working on his Arrow of Light award will help him transition smoothly into the Boy Scout troop.
The Webelos Uniform
Webelos can continue to wear the dark blue Cub Scout shirt or they can wear the tan Boy Scout shirt. There is no need to go out and purchase a tan shirt right away, but if your son is outgrowing his dark blue shirt, purchase the tan shirt as a replacement. Then he can continue to wear the tan shirt when he joins the Boy Scout troop.
Just remember, if you have any questions, I am here to help.
Just as a reminder out first official meeting of the new year is tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Washington Lake Park Amphitheater. We will be distributing registration packets, popcorn info and will have sign up sheets for some of our upcoming events. I hope you can all make it.
I hope you are all having a wonderful summer. For those of you attending the Rivershark’s game on Friday, I plan on arriving at the field around 6:00 PM. The game starts at 7:00 and we need to be early for the pre-game ceremony. We can try to meet outside the main gate near the statue of the Cambell’s Soup Kids. It’s Harry Potter night at the stadium, they are giving away a Dominic Brown replica mini bat, and there are fireworks following the game. Please call me if you have any questions or if you can’t find our pack when you arrive.
Congratulations to all the boys for earning their Bear Badge last night and thank you for all your help throughout the past year. I was very proud of how well behaved our Den was.
Please don’t rush out to purchase a Webelos Uniform. Webelos Scouts may choose to wear either the blue Webelos uniform based on the Cub Scout uniform or the tan/olive uniform similar to the one that Boy Scouts wear. If the Blue shirt still fits I recommend we keep them for a couple more months. It is a great idea to have each scout contribute towards their own new tan shirt. They can do this by helping with extra chores around the house or helping neighbors with work in their yards. They will take more pride in the uniform if they have to purchase it on their own.
I hope to see you all at our Picnic on June 1st. Don’t forget to start working on the boats. Just like the Pinewood Derby, they should be constructed by the boys. There are some great tips on building the boats on-line. Let me know if you have any questions.
This Monday night each of the boys will earn their Bear badge and advance to Webelos. Our advancement ceremony will be held in the gymnasium at Bells School at 7:00 PM. We will sit together as a den in the bleachers as each Den receives new ranks. I have new neckerchiefs for each scout. Please make sure they are in full uniform for this meeting. The principle of Bells School, Mrs, Gerber, will be our Guest speaker.
Also, Monday night all payments for Hershey Park camping are due. Sign up sheets will be available for all our summer activities and we ask that everyone attending our picnic on June 1st sign up to bring something. Contact me with any questions or comment below.
Just in case any of you were planning on attending Super Saturday it has been rescheduled for next weekend because of the forecast. Have a great week! I’ll see you at our Pack Meeting on May 20th.