Cub Scouts Pack 364

cubscoutCharter Representative of St Thomas:  Ken Santopietro, Contact number 860-283-0012

Cub Scout Pack 364 of Thomaston, Chartered Sponsor Saint Thomas Church holds new Cub Scout sign-ups in the second week of September each year in the Church Hall.  All boys aged 6-9 years are welcome.  Join the fun of hiking, fishing, camping and pinewood derby.  Boys build character and self esteem as well as life skills and teamwork.  If you missed signing up in September, contact the scout master… new scouts are always welcome to Pack 364!

We will strive to provide a Christian education for children, young adults and adults.  The Cub Scouts promote spiritual growth (it is one of their 10 purposes!).  Scouting teaches our boys to try their best and honor their church, their country and flag.

Saint Thomas’ Cub Scouts meet on the every Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the church hall (basement) during the school year.  Den leaders may have additional scheduled meetings or activities, but always have the use of the church hall.  Cub Scouts at Saint Thomas are in a safe haven to grow and learn.

The Roman Catholic Church has used the Scouting program since the early days of the Boy Scouts of America. It is one of the most extensive users of the Boy Scouts of America program. There are more than 350,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers in more than 9,600 packs, troops, and crews under Catholic auspices and an equal number of youth members in other Scouting units. Scouting is used in about one-third of the parishes in the United States.  {this paragraph from National Catholic Committee on Scouting, www.nccs-bsa.org}

Overview of St. Thomas’ Cub Scout Pack 364

The Cub Scouts follow a den meeting program that includes plans to educate the scouts in age appropriate activities.  They earn recognition, uniform patches, and fraternize with their friends.  It is truly a worthwhile parent-son endeavor because it helps build esteem in the young men.  They are led by scout parents who are role models for the children.  Saint Thomas Church is blessed to be able to sponsor a Cub Scout troop.

Over the past few years, our Cub Scouts have enjoyed: tours of the firehouse, opera house, police station, working at the Car Show in the “Fry Booth”, many trips to nearby Camp Mattatuck, working on bird houses as a fundraiser, collecting food for the Thomaston food pantry, performing skits for their parents at the Blue & Gold dinner, participating in the Pinewood Derby, taking a trip to the Pequot museum, selling popcorn, enjoying a visit from Santa, camping at the largest Scout show in Connecticut, marching in the Memorial Day parade, and other stuff too!

The Purposes of Cub Scouting
Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting. It is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (or 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting. Currently, Cub Scouting is the largest of the BSA’s three membership divisions. (The others are Boy Scouting and Venturing.)

Membership
Cub Scouting members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys. Tiger Cubs (first-graders), Wolf Cub Scouts (second-graders), Bear Cub Scouts (third-graders), and Webelos Scouts (fourth- and fifth-graders) meet weekly.

Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and pack committee. The committee includes parents of boys in the pack and members of the chartered organization.

Volunteer Leadership
Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions, as everything from unit leaders to pack committee chairmen, committee members, den leaders, and chartered organization representatives.

Like other phases of the Scouting program, a Cub Scout pack belongs to an organization with interests similar to those of the BSA. This organization, which might be a church (SAINT THOMAS), school, community organization, or group of interested citizens, is chartered by the local BSA council to use the Scouting program. This chartered organization provides a suitable meeting place, adult leadership, supervision, and opportunities for a healthy Scouting life for the boys under its care. Each organization appoints one of its members as a chartered organization representative. The organization, through the pack committee, is responsible for providing leadership, the meeting place, and support materials for pack activities.

Who Pays For It?
Groups responsible for supporting Cub Scouting are the boys and their parents, the pack, the chartered organization, and the community. The boy is encouraged to pay his own way by contributing dues each week. Packs also obtain income by working on approved money-earning projects. The community, including parents, supports Cub Scouting through the United Way, Friends of Scouting enrollment, bequests, and special contributions to the BSA local council. This financial support provides leadership training, outdoor programs, council service centers and other facilities, and professional service for units.

Advancement Plan
Recognition is important to young boys. The Cub Scouting advancement plan provides fun for the boys, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with boys on advancement projects.

Activities
Cub Scouting means “doing.” Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the boys doing things. Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.

Many of the activities happen right in the den and pack. The most important are the weekly den meetings and the monthly pack meetings.

Cub Scout Academics and Sports
The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program provides the opportunity for boys to learn new techniques, increase scholarship skills, develop sportsmanship, and have fun. Participation in the program allows boys to be recognized for physical fitness and talent-building activities.

About the Badges of Cub Scouting:

Tiger Cub. The Tiger Cub program is for first-grade (or age 7) boys and their adult partners. There are five Tiger Cub achievement areas. The Tiger Cub, working with his adult partner, completes 15 requirements within these areas to earn the Tiger Cub badge. These requirements consist of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a boy in the first grade.

Bobcat. The Bobcat rank is for all boys who join Cub Scouting.
Wolf. The Wolf program is for boys who have completed first grade (or are age 8). To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass 12 achievements involving simple physical and mental skills.

Bear. The Bear rank is for boys who have completed second grade (or are age 9). There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories. The Cub Scout must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear badge. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf rank.

Webelos. This program is for boys who have completed third grade (or are age 10). A boy may begin working on the Webelos badge as soon as he joins a Webelos den. This is the first step in his transition from the Webelos den to the Boy Scout troop. As he completes the requirements found in the Webelos Handbook, he will work on activity badges, attend meetings led by adults, and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirements—all leading to the Arrow of Light Award.