Welcome and FAQ

Welcome to Scouting!  It is going to be a great year for Pack 449, we are
glad that you have joined us for this exciting adventure!

One of the most amazing things about our group is that everyone truly gets along, pitches in and does their part, and together we have built a great community. Our leaders have been working very hard to create an exciting and educational program for this year. We think that you will find Pack 449 to be a lively, energetic group of scouts, leaders and parents who love working together to promote scouting in a fun and safe environment.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When & where do we meet?
All den and pack meetings are held in the Old Fellowship Hall, New Hope Presbyterian Church, 4701 NC HWY 86, Chapel Hill NC 27516. Meetings are on the first and third Tuesday night at 6:30pm.

What is expected of parents?
At the Cub Scout level, parents are expected to participate in Scouting with their child.  Strong parent participation is essential to the health and success of the Pack and allows Cub Scouts to accomplish projects and other activities. Parents attend pack meetings and campouts along with their Cub Scout.

How much time is involved in Cub Scouting?
Pack meetings typically last one hour.  We will also organize optional weekend activities such as camping trips, community service projects, Pinewood Derby races, and hiking/fishing/outdoor activities on weekends.  It is not required that Cub Scouts participate in every meeting or activity, but they are lots of fun!

Where can I get my uniform?
Uniforms can be purchased at The Scout Shop at 3231 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh, NC 27604, by phone at 1-800-323-0736 or online at http://www.scoutshop.org. We’ll also make hand-me-down uniforms available whenever we can!

The required “Class A” uniform consists of:

  • Blue Cub Scout shirt
  • Blue Cub Scout belt
  • Hat, neckerchief, and neckerchief slide matching the “den” (or rank) of your Cub Scout each year.
  • The “Occoneechee Council” patch; pack numbers “4”, “4”, and “9,” and World Crest patch to be sewn onto the shirt

You can visit http://www.bsauniforms.org for more information on uniforms and patch placement–or just ask our leaders.  We’ll be happy to help!

How does the pack communicate with families?
The pack uses 2 different systems to communicate:

1. Packmaster Software – This system has a unique login for each Parent/Scout, after registering and reviewing the current personal, medical, and advancement information we have on file for you and your Cub the details can be added/corrected as appropriate
2. Pack 449 Email Listserv – All new members are added to this group for access to our Pack email distribution system. You’ll receive notification from Google that you’re enrolled.

Please don’t hesitate to ask us anything we may have not covered

What is a Pack?
The “Pack” is a combined group of Cub Scouts arranged into “dens” by age (see ranks below).  The Pack also includes Adult Leaders (all volunteers!) and parents who play supporting roles in making Scouting an exceptional experience.

Tigers – 1st Grade
Working with parent/adult partner to earn Tiger rank, meet weekly for den meetings plus five required “Go-See-It” field trips this year (also have five required family activities to do at home, as well as, many optional home and family activities plus optional individual awards)
Wolves – 2nd Grade
Working on accomplishments to earn Wolf rank, meet weekly (also home and family activities plus other individual awards)
Bears – 3rd Grade
Working on accomplishments to earn Bear rank, meet weekly (also home and family activities plus other individual awards)
Webelos I – 4th Grade
First year Webelos (We’ll Be Loyal Scouts), begin working on accomplishments to earn Webelos rank by later next year, meet weekly (also home and family activities plus other individual awards)
Webelos II – 5th Grade
Oldest Cub Scouts, finishing accomplishments to earn Webelos rank, getting ready to cross over to Boy Scouts later in year, meet weekly (also home and family activities plus other individual awards )

The requirements for the Scouts to earn their rank are age appropriate, getting more difficult as they get older. The activities are character building, interest provoking, skill developing and fun!

All designed to advance 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 Scouts BSA — and, eventually, Eagle Scout!

What is the Pinewood Derby?

The Pinewood Derby is one of the more cherished traditions in Cub Scouting and it presents a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your scout in making his car. This is intended to be a parent/scout project, although some scouts may need more assistance than others. We will have pinewood derby car kits available for sale ($5.00) at the November Pack Meeting and we will host a car-building clinic to provide technical assistance and guidance Volunteers will be needed for track setup, distribution and preparation of awards, event staging and crowd control (managing scouts during the event).

What are Scouting Values?

A Scout…
• A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and keeps his promises. People can depend on him.
• A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.
• A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.
• A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.
• A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.
• A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not harm or kill any living thing.
• A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks the rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.
• A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
• A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources.
• A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh or threaten him.
• A Scout keeps his body and mind fit. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He keeps his home and community clean.
• A Scout is reverent to God. He is faithful in his religious duties while respecting the beliefs of others.