Boy Scouts

Welcome to Cub Scout Pack 318!!!

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St. Helena’s Cub Scout Pack 318 is chartered by St. Helena’s Church. The Pack currently has approximately 25 boys. The Pack is run by a committee made up of the Cub Master and Den leaders and parents. In Cub Scouting, the Pack is organized into smaller groups, or Dens, which are led by parent volunteers, or Den Leaders.

Boys joining Cub Scouts in 1st Grade are considered Tiger Scouts. Boys in 2nd Grade are Wolves; 3rd are Bears; 4th and 5th are Webelos, which stands for “WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts.”

As Tigers, scouts work with their Adult Partner (parent or other) and with their Den to earn achievements and participate in Den outings. The Tiger Adult Partner is required to attend all Den Meetings and outings. It is the Den Leader’s decision at all other ranks. Den Meetings are recommended once a month or as needed. There should be 5 outings or “Go See It’s” planned for Tigers.

Purpose 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 traditional membership divisions. (The others are Boy Scouting and Venturing.)

The 10 purposes of Cub Scouting are:
1. Character Development
2. Spiritual Growth
3. Good Citizenship
4. Sportsmanship and Fitness
5. Family Understanding
6. Respectful Relationships
7. Personal Achievement
8. Friendly Service
9. Fun and Adventure
10. Preparation for Boy Scouts

Character Development
Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. These elements were part of the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub Scouting today. Character can be defined as the collection of core values possessed by an individual that leads to moral commitment and action. Core values are the basis of good character development. In helping boys develop character, Cub Scouting promotes the following 12 core values.

Cub Scouting’s 12 Core Values
1. Citizenship
2. Compassion
3. Cooperation
4. Courage
5. Faith
6. Health and fitness
7. Honesty
8. Perseverance
9. Positive attitude
10. Resourcefulness
11. Respect
12. Responsibility

Character is “values in action.”

Cub Scouting Ideals
Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship and contribute to a boy’s sense of belonging.

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.

Cub Scout Motto
Do Your Best.
Tiger Cub Motto
Search, Discover, Share.
Law of the Pack
The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.

Colors
The Cub Scouting colors are blue and gold. They have special meaning, which will help boys see beyond the fun of Cub Scouting to its ultimate goals.
– The blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above.
– The gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness.

How to join
To obtain an application, please send an email to njpack318@gmail.com. To register your son in Pack 318, simply complete and return the registration Pack 318. A pro-rated registration fee is due at the time of your application, as defined in the application.

This registration fee covers the cost of insurance through the Central New Jersey Council – BSA and a subscription to Boy’s Life magazine. Pack dues collected in January cover our BSA registration, insurance costs and are also used to defray Pack expenses.

Uniforms
All Cubs wear the blue Cub Scout shirt, cap & neckerchief (indicating rank), belt and slide. Uniform pants are not necessary. Blue jeans are fine.
Each scout must also purchase the appropriate Scout handbook (Tiger, Wolf, Bear or Webelo).
We require the following patches to be sewn on the Cub uniform:
– Central Jersey Council Patch
– Pack 318 number patch
– Den patch (although this has not yet been assigned)
– Quality Unit patch
– World Scout Crest emblem

Scout uniforms, patches and handbooks may be purchased at one of the following locations:
– Main Street Sports in Woodbridge
– Effinger’s in Bound Brook
– Central NJ Council Scout Headquarters on Rt. 1 South in Monmouth Junction
– www.scoutstuff.org

Fundraising
The Pack absorbs many expenses throughout the year including advancement & recognition, materials for the Pinewood Derby, Religious Workbooks and items for Crossover Ceremonies.

– In September/October, each Scout will be required to sell one box of Gertrude Hawk chocolate bars. They are $1 each and have proven to be a quick and easy sell!
– 50/50’s

To be successful, these fundraisers require everyone’s participation.

Things That We Do
The Pack operates in coordination with the school year. Pack Meetings are typically the 2nd Friday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in St. Helena’s Gym. The pack maintains a public online calendar. Click below for access:

Cub Pack 318 Calendar

Pack Meetings are a family event. Siblings are welcome! A parent or guardian must be present at Pack meetings.
Parents are expected to help supervise their children and will be asked to participate in planned activities and to help with clean-up after the meetings.

Some examples of Pack and Den outings that your son may enjoy are as follows:

– Annual Food Drive & Annual Toys for Tots Drive
– Pinewood Derby
– Scout Mass
– Blue and Gold Dinner : a Scouting tradition
– Tiger Crossover Ceremony
– District-wide Cub Scout Olympics
– Family Camping
– Rocket building and launch

Camping Opportunities
In addition to family camping, each year Scouts are encouraged to participate in BSA summer camping opportunities after they have completed their Tiger rank.

– Week long Cub Scout day camp at Johnson’s Park in New Brunswick and Merrill Park in Iselin
– Cub Parent Weekends

All of these camps provide the boys with an opportunity for great fun, new friends and to earn achievements toward their ranks!

Links

National Council

Central NJ Council

Merit Badge.com

Scout Stuff.org