Parent Guide

Welcome to Pack 88 and the wonderful world of Scouting!  Your family is about to undertake an adventure that will last a lifetime.  If you are looking for a program that helps your boy develop strong character and self-confidence, you've come to right place!  Through fun and educational activities, Scouting assists families in teaching their boys how to make good decisions throughout their lives and become the confident leaders of tomorrow. 

Purposes of Cub Scouting

Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program designed by the Boy Scouts of America for boys in first through fifth grade.  Parents and Leaders work together to design and execute a program encompassing the 10 Purposes of Cub Scouting:

  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

Core Values

As listed above, Character Development is a key objective of Scouting.  Pack 88 practices Cub Scouting's "Character Connections Program," teaching your son to know, commit, and practice Cub Scouting's 12 core values:

  1. Citizenship:  Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities.
  2. Compassion:  Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others.
  3. Cooperation:  Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal.
  4. Courage:  Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.
  5. Faith:  Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God.
  6. Health and Fitness:  Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit.
  7. Honesty:  Telling the truth and being worthy of trust.
  8. Perseverance:  Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.
  9. Positive Attitude:  Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations.
  10. Resourcefulness:  Using human and other resources to their fullest.
  11. Respect:  Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.
  12. Responsibility:  Fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves.

Pack Overview

Pack 88 is a member of the Knox Trail Council, a division of the Boy Scouts of America.  A Pack consists of several Dens, with boys assigned as follows: Tigers (first grade), Wolves (second grade), Bears (third grade), Webelos I (fourth grade), and Webelos II (fifth grade).  Please see the individual Den pages for further details of each program.  Your Scout will meet monthly with his Den and also attend a monthly Pack meeting.  There will also be various optional activities scheduled throughout the year (i.e., overnight camping trip, community events, sporting event excursions, and overnight indoor trips to places like the Museum of Science, the Ecotarium, and Battleship Cove).

Parent Participation

This is a family adventure and parent participation within the Pack and Den is very important.  Boys need positive role models both at home and in the Pack. The boys want to share their pride in themselves and their family. We want the boys to have fond memories of their scouting experience. We strongly encourage you to add to your son’s Scouting experience by becoming an active member of the Pack.  Please see our Volunteer page for details on how you can get involved.

Parent participation is also important as your child works through his Cub Scout Handbook to achieve age appropriate badges.   It would be impossible to accomplish all of the required tasks within the time allocated for Den meetings.  In completing the Handbook requirements with your Scout, you will be surprised at how many can be accomplished during the normal course of your day.  Advancement should be a fun learning experience for you and your Scout, so in every activity, follow the Cub Scout Motto:  “Do your best!”

If you have additional questions, please refer to our FAQ page.