About Scouting/FAQs

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About Scouting/FAQs

Cub Scouts begins in the First Grade with the Tiger Scout program. The following years, the boys move up to the Wolf, Bear and Webelos (We Be Loyal Scouts) I and Webelos II respectively finally matriculating into Boy Scouts in late 5th Grade.

1.        Pack Meetings - The first Pack Meeting is in September.  They are held monthly in the evening.  A Pack meeting is where all the boys from all the grades (ranks) and their parents attend the meeting.  Awards are handed out and there is usually some group event (pumpkin carving, roller skating, pinewood derby racing, etc). 

2.        Den meeting - Den meetings will begin in September.  They are held 1-2 times per month.  Only the scouts in your rank (grade) attend these meetings.  This is where most of the Adventures for the rank (eg Tiger) are accomplished.   Den Leaders schedule and run these, with the help of parents.  At the Tiger rank, an "adult partner" must accompany the Tiger scout to all activities.  Meetings can take place at school, rotate between the scout's houses, etc. 
3.        Camping - There are several camping oppotunities offered throughout the year from over night camps for Webelos (4th and 5th grade) to Day Camps to Family Camping. 2017 Camping Opportunities
4.        Scouttrack.com - This is the website we utilize to track each scout's accomplishments toward earning rank (eg Tiger), as well as optional rank activities, and belt loops (metal loops that are put on the scout belt when the scout accomplishes the tasks listed for them).   
5.        Bobcat Badge - no matter at what age you begin scouting, the first badge that must be earned is the Bobcat Badge.  It is made up of 8 accomplishments.  If you're looking for something to do over the summer, 2 of the accomplishments take some memorizing, so just repeating them at dinner or bedtime or while driving in the car over the summer will give you a head start.  They are the "Cub Scout Promise" and the "Law of the Pack".  
6.        Rank Adventure overview  
Each rank (eg Tiger) has different Adventures that must be accomplished to earn that Rank's badge.  That is the goal of each den each year, often (but not required) by the Blue & Gold Dinner (a birthday party of scouting of sorts normally held at the February Pack meeting).
7.        BSA Registration forms - all new scouts must fill out the official scouting application so they can be registered with us and the council.  
8.        Registration fee - Fees for the Pack are paid annually in the Fall at SPIN (Scouting Parent Information Night).  The annual fee is $40-50.  Most of this goes to cover the council registration fee and subscription to Boys Life Magazine. 
9.        Fundraising in Fall - Pack 55 has one fundraiser in the fall.  We sell popcorn and wreaths.  There is a minimum "tier" to which each scout should fundraise to cover Pack 55's scouting costs (meetings, awards, etc), and higher "tiers" which cover costs of some Pack meeting events (eg skating, Country Springs) and even higher tiers covering camping (Swamp Fox in the Fall and various camps in the summer).  Specifics will be announced at SPIN. 
10.        Pack 55 website - This is a great source of information on what and when things are happening in Pack 55, as well as other helpful information.  It also includes our Pack calendar.  http://www.pack55brookel.org/ 
11.        Uniform  - Check out this site for information on what you should get for your scout.  Uniforms should be worn to all Pack and Den meetings, and other scout events.  Scout Uniforms
12.        Cub Scout t-shirts - We have our own Pack t-shirts.  All new Pack 55 scouts get them in the fall (from us, not the scout shop).  They are our "Class B" uniforms and can be worn to school on any day there is a scout meeting.  They shouldn't be worn to the Pack or Den meetings, that is for the formal (Class A) uniforms.   
13.        Potowatomi Scout Service Center (and Scout Shop) -  Pack 55 is in the Potowatomi council, thus the name.  The  this is where you can purchase all your scout uniform and other supplies, and where adult training occurs.  Its located in Waukesha at 804 Bluemound Rd.  Their website also shows all the upcoming Council scouting events.    http://www.pacbsa.org/
14.        Winter Blast - highly recommended - a lot of the rank's adventures are done at this event, which takes the stress off of the rest of the year.  Registration for this council sponsored event happens in September for the day long event in December/January.  Cost is around $30. 
15.           Volunteering!  Parents are expected to volunteer at both a Den and a Pack level.  For the Pack, there are year long commitments (like den leaders and awards coordinator), Chair opportunities (like fundraising, Pinewood Derby, and Raingutter Regatta), and individual event opportunities.   The more parents put into the Pack, the better a program can be made available.  Sign up for Pack level volunteering for individual event opportunities will be made available (usually through Signupgenious.com).  We encourage you to speak to the cubmaster or other Pack leaders to show your interest in the Year Long and Chair opportunities.