Meeting Place: East Park Church located at 15815 NE 18th St, Vancouver, WA 98684

Melissa Heilman, Cub Master – pack554-cubmaster@trooptrack.com
Melissa Miller, Committee Chair - pack554-committeechair@trooptrack.com


 

How old (or young) can a boy/girl be to join Cub Scouting?

Cub Scouting is for boys and girls in the Kindergarten through fifth grades, or 5 to 10 years of age. Boys and Girls who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but they may be eligible to join the Boy Scouting.

Ranks
Lion: Kindergarten
Tiger: 1st Grade
Wolf: 2nd Grade
Bear: 3rd Grade
Webelos: 4th & 5th Grade


How often do you 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 campout as an additional event, or as a substitute for its monthly pack meeting.


May parents attend den meetings?

Cub Scouting is open to parents at all times. Den meetings are intended to be an activity for the individuals, and your
den leader will be working hard to keep the Cub Scouts focused. Parent involvement is required for Lion & Tiger scouts. It
is not required Wolf, Bear or Webelos Scouts.

 

How much does it cost to join?

(All Fees Are Annual)
With Pack 554 the dues/fees are as follows. These fees do not cover workbooks or uniforms.  Fees are subject to change.

Pack Dues:

Lions - $20
Tiger - Webelos I - $70 ($36 Required at September Pack Meeting or Registration, $24 Required end of January*)
Webelos II - $35 ($12 credit back at crossover if they participated in fundraising)

This covers pack meeting supplies and other pack activities.

                Pack T-Shirt: $10

                Pack Hoodie: $40 (Optional)

Advancement Dues: 

Lions - $30
Tiger - Webelos I - $40 ($10 Required at September Pack Meeting or Registration, $30 Required end of January)
Webelos II - $10 ($10 Required at September Pack Meeting or Registration)

This covers the basic cost of belt loops, segments and the scouts rank patch. (Further dues may apply if your scout
wishes to earn every possible award.)

Registration Fee: 

All - $72 (Required at September Pack Meeting or Registration)

This covers the cost of National and Council registration fees.

Boys Life Magazine: $12 (Optional)

This is not required but is highly recommended as scouts who read the magazine are shown to stay in scouting longer.

Den Specific Dues: (vary)

Dens may charge their own dues. You will need to discuss this with your den leader. Typically, den dues will cover the
cost of den meetings and materials.

* These fees do not cover the cost of workbooks or uniforms.

Please keep in mind that scouts do have the option of fundraising which is a great way to help cover some of the
fees that are not required up front.  Lion scouts may not participate in fundraising events.

* We welcome all scouts from all walks of life and are willing to work with parents to make payments or find sponsorship options should they find upfront costs to be too much for them.

- Fees can be paid by cash, check & card (add 3% convenience fee for card swipes.) 


How is the Pack Funded?

Our pack operates with individual scholarship accounts.  During fundraising events, each scouts participation will result in scholarship credit getting added to their account.  This credit amount can be used by that Scout to help pay for Cub Scout den or pack events.  Scouts are given a Passport at the beginning of the scouting year and are asked to track their participation in fundraisers and activities.  Scouts must meet a minimum required participation in all activities before asking the Pack for financial support to attend camp. We also charge each scout dues of $100 a year in September.  In accordance with BSA Fiscal policy all proceeds earned through Pack fundraisers belong to the Pack and not individual Scouts or their families.   

 

What if I think I can’t afford scouting?

Scouting is heavily based on scouts paying their own way.  We have opportunities throughout the year for optional individual fundraisers, for example, selling first aid kits, cleaning up tree stands, handling out programs at community events. These funds go into individual scout scholarships accounts. Scouts may use Scout scholarship money to support their scouting experience, by purchasing additional advancements, paying dues, event fees, camp fees, uniforms or other approved expenses related to Scouting.  Scouts may also save this money to transfer with them into their Boy Scout scholarship accounts.  If a scout chooses to leave the Pack with a balance in their Scout scholarship account, those funds revert to the Pack.  Please if you need assistance in order for your son to participate in scouting, let us know.  We want every boy who wants to participate in Cub Scouts to have the opportunity, regardless of financial circumstances.

 

What about the Uniform?

Tigers Bears, and Wolves all wear the Blue Shirt.  Webelos wear either the blue or the tan shirt.   It is recommended that the blue shirt be purchased bigger as it will be worn for three years.  The pack supplies the book, neckerchief and slide for all scouts who rank up to their next level, however, the initial neckerchief and slide are the scout’s responsibility as part of their uniform purchase.  We do have a uniform bank if you need assistance.  Please contact the Committee Chair with questions.

 

What kind of things will my Cub Scout be doing?

Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are the activities you get to do: camping, hiking, racing model cars, going on
field trips, or doing projects that help your hometown and the people who live there. Cub Scouting means "doing."

Cub Scout Camping

Learn to live in the outdoors. Camping takes you on exciting adventures into the natural world.

Cub Scout Derbies

Racing in a Cub Scout derby is great fun. You'll get to design your racing vehicle, work with a parent to build it, and see it
perform on race day.

Outings and Field Trips

"Outing" is a big part of Scouting. Cub Scouts get out and about with many kinds of outdoor fun, such as field trips, hikes,
nature and conservation.

Service Projects  

Doing service projects together is one way that Cub Scouts keep their promise "to help other people."

Den and Pack Meetings

Den meetings are the stepping-stones by which a boy progresses through the Cub Scout program. At pack meetings,
families celebrate their achievements along the way.

Blue and Gold Banquets

In February, when Scouting celebrates its "birthday," packs across the country hold blue and gold banquets. In nearly all
packs, the banquet is a very special event.


How does Cub Scouting work?

When you see someone in a uniform, you know that person belongs to a specific group. A police officer wears a uniform,
and so does a doctor or a firefighter. As a Cub Scout, you will wear a uniform too. If you are in first, second, or third grade,
you will wear a blue shirt, blue pants, and a neckerchief in the correct color for your rank—orange for Tigers, yellow for
Wolves, and blue for Bears. Webelos Scouts have some different options. Some Webelos Scouts will wear the blue shirt,
and some will wear the tan shirt, the same one the Boy Scouts wear. All Webelos Scouts will wear the Webelos
neckerchief, which is yellow, blue, and red plaid. The blue and yellow is to remind them they are still in a pack, and the red
is to remind them they will be moving to Boy Scouts soon.
*There are other parts of the uniform: pants, belt, socks, and a hat. If you wear the blue shirt, you wear the blue pants and
the hat for your den. If you wear the tan shirt, you wear olive pants but still wear the hat for your den (Webelos hat).

The Advancement Trail

On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses from rank to rank, learning new skills as he goes. Each of the ranks
and awards in Cub Scouting...

Cub Scouting Adventures

Cub Scouts complete adventures as they work toward achieving each rank. The adventures are different for each rank,
allowing Cub Scouts to learn new age-appropriate skills and explore new topics each year.

Other Awards You Can Earn

Besides the advancement awards and the adventure loops and pins, Cub Scouts may earn other individual awards. Set
your sights on...

Awards for Your Den and Pack

Just as Cub Scouts can earn individual awards for themselves, they can also work together to earn awards for their whole
den or their pack.


Cub Scout Handbooks: What are they and which one do I need?

Each Cub Scout has a handbook to help him along his trail. Tigers use the Tiger Handbook, Wolves use the Wolf
Handbook, and Bears use the Bear Handbook. The Webelos Handbook is for Scouts working on the Webelos and Arrow
of Light ranks. The handbooks guide Cub Scouts through the required and elective adventures for each rank and include
helpful tips, background information, and fun activities. The handbooks also introduce a mentor character, Ethan, who will
share his enthusiasm for Scouting with younger Cub Scouts as they work through their ranks.

Another good source of information for Cub Scouts is Boys’ Life magazine, published by the BSA 12 times each year. The
magazine’s articles, games, jokes, and letters are fun for Cub Scouts to read and allow them to explore the wide range of
exciting opportunities available to Scouts.

Tiger Handbook

This book for first-grade scout and their adult partners tells about the Tiger program and gives information about dens,
leaders, uniforms, and advancement.

Wolf Handbook

Second-grade scouts use this book as they move along the trail to earn their Wolf badge.

Bear Handbook

Scouts in the third grade do the adventures in this book to earn their Bear badge.

Webelos Handbook

Scouts who are in the fourth or fifth grade use this handbook as Webelos Scouts. Webelos Scouts have a larger handbook
with 27 adventures they can work on while they earn their Webelos and Arrow of Light badges.


How much time do I have to put in as a parent?

We are always in need of volunteers, but with the exception of Tiger scouts, there is no requirement for parents to participate.  Tiger scout parents are required to be at the den meetings and to help lead them under the direction of the Tiger Den leader.  Additionally, we encourage parents to come to Pack Meetings and outings.  We also ask parents to help in planning events and taking on leadership roles in the running of the pack if they are able.  All of our leaders receive free training and support.

 

What if my son or daughter can’t make it to every meeting or event?

That’s okay. We understand that there will be conflicts from time to time.  Just let your den leader know.  The participation requirements to get financial assistance for camp are flexible and leave plenty of room for conflicts and illnesses.  You do not have to come to every meeting or event to qualify for the camp funding and there is no attendance requirement to be a scout – but the more they participate the more they get out of the program.

 

Meeting Place: East Park Church located at 15815 NE 18th St, Vancouver, WA 98684

Melissa Heilman, Cub Master – pack554-cubmaster@trooptrack.com
Melissa Miller, Committee Chair - pack554-committeechair@trooptrack.com


 

How old (or young) can a boy/girl be to join Cub Scouting?

Cub Scouting is for boys and girls in the Kindergarten through fifth grades, or 5 to 10 years of age. Boys and Girls who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but they may be eligible to join the Boy Scouting.

Ranks
Lion: Kindergarten
Tiger: 1st Grade
Wolf: 2nd Grade
Bear: 3rd Grade
Webelos: 4th & 5th Grade


How often do you 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 campout as an additional event, or as a substitute for its monthly pack meeting.


May parents attend den meetings?

Cub Scouting is open to parents at all times. Den meetings are intended to be an activity for the individuals, and your
den leader will be working hard to keep the Cub Scouts focused. Parent involvement is required for Lion & Tiger scouts. It
is not required Wolf, Bear or Webelos Scouts.

 

How much does it cost to join?

(All Fees Are Annual)
With Pack 554 the dues/fees are as follows. These fees do not cover workbooks or uniforms.  Fees are subject to change.

Pack Dues:

Lions - $20
Tiger - Webelos I - $70 ($36 Required at September Pack Meeting or Registration, $24 Required end of January*)
Webelos II - $35 ($12 credit back at crossover if they participated in fundraising)

This covers pack meeting supplies and other pack activities.

                Pack T-Shirt: $10

                Pack Hoodie: $40 (Optional)

Advancement Dues: 

Lions - $30
Tiger - Webelos I - $40 ($10 Required at September Pack Meeting or Registration, $30 Required end of January)
Webelos II - $10 ($10 Required at September Pack Meeting or Registration)

This covers the basic cost of belt loops, segments and the scouts rank patch. (Further dues may apply if your scout
wishes to earn every possible award.)

Registration Fee: 

All - $72 (Required at September Pack Meeting or Registration)

This covers the cost of National and Council registration fees.

Boys Life Magazine: $12 (Optional)

This is not required but is highly recommended as scouts who read the magazine are shown to stay in scouting longer.

Den Specific Dues: (vary)

Dens may charge their own dues. You will need to discuss this with your den leader. Typically, den dues will cover the
cost of den meetings and materials.

* These fees do not cover the cost of workbooks or uniforms.

Please keep in mind that scouts do have the option of fundraising which is a great way to help cover some of the
fees that are not required up front.  Lion scouts may not participate in fundraising events.

* We welcome all scouts from all walks of life and are willing to work with parents to make payments or find sponsorship options should they find upfront costs to be too much for them.

- Fees can be paid by cash, check & card (add 3% convenience fee for card swipes.) 


How is the Pack Funded?

Our pack operates with individual scholarship accounts.  During fundraising events, each scouts participation will result in scholarship credit getting added to their account.  This credit amount can be used by that Scout to help pay for Cub Scout den or pack events.  Scouts are given a Passport at the beginning of the scouting year and are asked to track their participation in fundraisers and activities.  Scouts must meet a minimum required participation in all activities before asking the Pack for financial support to attend camp. We also charge each scout dues of $100 a year in September.  In accordance with BSA Fiscal policy all proceeds earned through Pack fundraisers belong to the Pack and not individual Scouts or their families.   

 

What if I think I can’t afford scouting?

Scouting is heavily based on scouts paying their own way.  We have opportunities throughout the year for optional individual fundraisers, for example, selling first aid kits, cleaning up tree stands, handling out programs at community events. These funds go into individual scout scholarships accounts. Scouts may use Scout scholarship money to support their scouting experience, by purchasing additional advancements, paying dues, event fees, camp fees, uniforms or other approved expenses related to Scouting.  Scouts may also save this money to transfer with them into their Boy Scout scholarship accounts.  If a scout chooses to leave the Pack with a balance in their Scout scholarship account, those funds revert to the Pack.  Please if you need assistance in order for your son to participate in scouting, let us know.  We want every boy who wants to participate in Cub Scouts to have the opportunity, regardless of financial circumstances.

 

What about the Uniform?

Tigers Bears, and Wolves all wear the Blue Shirt.  Webelos wear either the blue or the tan shirt.   It is recommended that the blue shirt be purchased bigger as it will be worn for three years.  The pack supplies the book, neckerchief and slide for all scouts who rank up to their next level, however, the initial neckerchief and slide are the scout’s responsibility as part of their uniform purchase.  We do have a uniform bank if you need assistance.  Please contact the Committee Chair with questions.

 

What kind of things will my Cub Scout be doing?

Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are the activities you get to do: camping, hiking, racing model cars, going on
field trips, or doing projects that help your hometown and the people who live there. Cub Scouting means "doing."

Cub Scout Camping

Learn to live in the outdoors. Camping takes you on exciting adventures into the natural world.

Cub Scout Derbies

Racing in a Cub Scout derby is great fun. You'll get to design your racing vehicle, work with a parent to build it, and see it
perform on race day.

Outings and Field Trips

"Outing" is a big part of Scouting. Cub Scouts get out and about with many kinds of outdoor fun, such as field trips, hikes,
nature and conservation.

Service Projects  

Doing service projects together is one way that Cub Scouts keep their promise "to help other people."

Den and Pack Meetings

Den meetings are the stepping-stones by which a boy progresses through the Cub Scout program. At pack meetings,
families celebrate their achievements along the way.

Blue and Gold Banquets

In February, when Scouting celebrates its "birthday," packs across the country hold blue and gold banquets. In nearly all
packs, the banquet is a very special event.


How does Cub Scouting work?

When you see someone in a uniform, you know that person belongs to a specific group. A police officer wears a uniform,
and so does a doctor or a firefighter. As a Cub Scout, you will wear a uniform too. If you are in first, second, or third grade,
you will wear a blue shirt, blue pants, and a neckerchief in the correct color for your rank—orange for Tigers, yellow for
Wolves, and blue for Bears. Webelos Scouts have some different options. Some Webelos Scouts will wear the blue shirt,
and some will wear the tan shirt, the same one the Boy Scouts wear. All Webelos Scouts will wear the Webelos
neckerchief, which is yellow, blue, and red plaid. The blue and yellow is to remind them they are still in a pack, and the red
is to remind them they will be moving to Boy Scouts soon.
*There are other parts of the uniform: pants, belt, socks, and a hat. If you wear the blue shirt, you wear the blue pants and
the hat for your den. If you wear the tan shirt, you wear olive pants but still wear the hat for your den (Webelos hat).

The Advancement Trail

On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses from rank to rank, learning new skills as he goes. Each of the ranks
and awards in Cub Scouting...

Cub Scouting Adventures

Cub Scouts complete adventures as they work toward achieving each rank. The adventures are different for each rank,
allowing Cub Scouts to learn new age-appropriate skills and explore new topics each year.

Other Awards You Can Earn

Besides the advancement awards and the adventure loops and pins, Cub Scouts may earn other individual awards. Set
your sights on...

Awards for Your Den and Pack

Just as Cub Scouts can earn individual awards for themselves, they can also work together to earn awards for their whole
den or their pack.


Cub Scout Handbooks: What are they and which one do I need?

Each Cub Scout has a handbook to help him along his trail. Tigers use the Tiger Handbook, Wolves use the Wolf
Handbook, and Bears use the Bear Handbook. The Webelos Handbook is for Scouts working on the Webelos and Arrow
of Light ranks. The handbooks guide Cub Scouts through the required and elective adventures for each rank and include
helpful tips, background information, and fun activities. The handbooks also introduce a mentor character, Ethan, who will
share his enthusiasm for Scouting with younger Cub Scouts as they work through their ranks.

Another good source of information for Cub Scouts is Boys’ Life magazine, published by the BSA 12 times each year. The
magazine’s articles, games, jokes, and letters are fun for Cub Scouts to read and allow them to explore the wide range of
exciting opportunities available to Scouts.

Tiger Handbook

This book for first-grade scout and their adult partners tells about the Tiger program and gives information about dens,
leaders, uniforms, and advancement.

Wolf Handbook

Second-grade scouts use this book as they move along the trail to earn their Wolf badge.

Bear Handbook

Scouts in the third grade do the adventures in this book to earn their Bear badge.

Webelos Handbook

Scouts who are in the fourth or fifth grade use this handbook as Webelos Scouts. Webelos Scouts have a larger handbook
with 27 adventures they can work on while they earn their Webelos and Arrow of Light badges.


How much time do I have to put in as a parent?

We are always in need of volunteers, but with the exception of Tiger scouts, there is no requirement for parents to participate.  Tiger scout parents are required to be at the den meetings and to help lead them under the direction of the Tiger Den leader.  Additionally, we encourage parents to come to Pack Meetings and outings.  We also ask parents to help in planning events and taking on leadership roles in the running of the pack if they are able.  All of our leaders receive free training and support.

 

What if my son or daughter can’t make it to every meeting or event?

That’s okay. We understand that there will be conflicts from time to time.  Just let your den leader know.  The participation requirements to get financial assistance for camp are flexible and leave plenty of room for conflicts and illnesses.  You do not have to come to every meeting or event to qualify for the camp funding and there is no attendance requirement to be a scout – but the more they participate the more they get out of the program.

 

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