Cub Scout Pack 48 Holliston Welcomes you to the World of Scouting!!
The Cubmaster, Pack Committee and Den Leaders wish to extend a warm welcome to our Tiger Cubs, Wolf Scouts, Bear Scouts, Webelos, and their families as we start another year of fun and exciting scout activities.
Please take a few minutes to review the following enclosed materials:
• General Information
• Pack 48 Policies
• Committee Members / Adult Leadership
• Pack Meetings, Activities and Events
• Official Placement of Insignia
• The Scouting Journey / Activities / Academics and Sports / Camping / Publications / Cub Scout Promise / Motto / Law of the Pack / Colors
• Description of Awards
• Fund Raising Policy
• Parent and Family Volunteer Opportunities
• Parent Consent Form
• Information required for Trip Permit Applications
• Scout Family Survey
If you have any questions about the Pack, Scouting in general or if a problem should arise any time during the year, do not hesitate to call either Cubmaster Gerard Brown (774-233-1070) or Committee Chair Mark Smith 508-429-8131
We are Pack 48 Holliston, Liberty District, Knox Trail Council, Boy Scout of America. We are the oldest Cub Scout Pack in Holliston. Pack 48 has been chartered by the Holliston VFW since 1954. The Pack Meetings are typically held monthly on the last Wednesday of the month at the VFW from 7:00 – 8:00pm. The entire family is encouraged to come. Committee Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the VFW from 8:00 – 9:00pm. All parents are invited.
The Knox Trail Council is located at 490 Union Ave Framingham, MA 01702
Phone: (508) 872-6552; Fax: (508) 872-9092; Web Site: www.ktc-bsa.org
The New England Scout Shop is located at 23 Turnpike Road (Rte 9 westbound side) Southborough, MA (508) 229-2396
Cub Scout Pack 48
1. Cub Scouting is a Family experience therefore all scouts’ parents/guardian shall make a commitment to become involved with their scout in some sort of capacity during the scouting year.
• Advancements, Achievements and Awards are obtained with the help of Den Leaders but most of the work is done with the scout’s parent or guardian for Tiger, Wolf and Bear Cubs. (See the helpful introductory information in the Parents Guide at the front of your child’s handbook.)
• All parents or scout guardians are encouraged to become involved with the Pack by becoming Den Leaders, Pack Committee Members or Activity Coordinators.
• Attendance at all Pack Meetings is required as a way of showing support for the Pack and its scouts as they earn various advancements, achievements and awards. Families are also encouraged to come and show their support for their scout.
• Behavior at all Pack activities is the responsibility of parents/guardians with supplemental help from Den Leaders and the Pack Committee.
• If a parent/guardian cannot accompany their child on a Pack activity they shall find another person who will be responsible for their child and shall complete an approved permission slip.
2. An annual wreath and candle fund raiser is held each November to support Pack activities. If a scout is unable to participate in this fundraiser a registration fee of $45 shall be paid to Pack 48 (see fund raising policy). Wreath Drive Information / Order form
3. Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelo Scouts shall have a uniform that consists of the official shirt (with an American Flag on the shoulder), neckerchief a slide and an optional rank hat and belt. The Tiger, Wolf and Bear Scouts wear the blue uniform and Webelos transition into the tan shirts (similar to the Boy Scout uniform) as they outgrow the blue shirts. Required patches for the uniform include the “Knox Trail Council” patch, the Pack number “48”, the “50” Year patch, the appropriate “Den Number”, the purple “World Crest” patch. The Pack will supply the neckerchief, slide, rank book each year and advancement patches as they are earned by the scout throughout the year.
4. Pack 48 hopes that you and your scout make Cub Scouting what it is supposed to be…a FUN FAMILY EXPERIENCE!
The Scouting Journey
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.
Bobcat - The Bobcat rank is for all boys who join 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.
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.
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.
Age-appropriate camping programs are packed with theme-oriented action that brings Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts into the great out-of-doors. Day camping comes to the boy in neighborhoods across the country; resident camping is at least a three-day experience in which Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts camp within a developed theme of adventure and excitement. "Cub Scout Worlds" are used by many councils to carry the world of imagination into reality with actual theme structures of castles, forts, ships, etc. Cub Scout pack families enjoy camping in local council camps and other council-approved campsites. Camping programs combine fun and excitement with doing one's best, getting along with others, and developing an appreciation for ecology and the world of the outdoors.
Volunteers are informed of national news and events through Scouting magazine (circulation 900,000). Boys may subscribe to Boys' Life magazine (circulation 1.3 million). Both are published by the Boy Scouts of America. Also available are a number of youth and leader publications, including the Tiger Cub Handbook, Wolf Handbook, Bear Handbook, Webelos Handbook, Cub Scout Leader Book, Cub Scout Program Helps, and Webelos Leader Guide.
Cub Scouting Ideals
Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, the Tiger Cub motto, 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.
The Cub Scout 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.