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Welcome to Cub Scouting!

As a parent, you want your children to grow up to be self-reliant, dependable and caring. Scouting has these same goals in mind.  Since 1930, Cub Scouts has been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to strengthen character, good citizenship and physical and mental fitness.This is a year-round family program designed for boys and girls in Kindergarten through fifth grades (or 5 to 10 years of age.)

However - We know that the 1.7 million boys and girls in the U.S. didn't join Cub Scouts to get their character built…They join because it is fun!

 

Pack 102

Cub Scout Pack 102 serves boys and girls from schools throughout Westford. All children age 5 to 10 years old are welcome to join!  We are a Quality Unit; a designation for select Scouting units with a strong program, well-trained leaders and a well-organized program that help boys and girls develop.

Pack 102 was chartered in 1976 and has guided hundreds of Scouts through the Cub Scout program, including Jim Arciero, Westford's State Representative.  In January 2018, Pack 102 was an early adopter of the Family Pack and is now welcoming girls to our Cub Scout Pack.  Our first girl Cub Scouts joined in March 2018.

 

Purpose of Cub Scouting

Boys and girls, parents, leaders and sponsoring organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting:

  • Positively influence character development and encourage personal growth
  • Help Scouts develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship
  • Encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body
  • Improve understanding within the family
  • Strengthen children's ability to get along with others and respect other people
  • Foster a sense of personal achievement by helping Scouts develop new interests and skills
  • Show how to be helpful and do one's best
  • Provide fun and adventure
  • Prepare Scouts for their future Scouting adventures

 

Communication

Pack 102 relies heavily on e-mail and our web site to communicate with pack members. When you join Pack 102 your e-mail will be added to the pack e-mail distribution list and you will start to get announcements about Pack activities.

Pack Web Site: http://www.westfordpack102.com

District and Council Web Site:  www.scoutspirit.org

Pack E-Mail address:  info@westfordpack102.com

We also have a new closed Facebook group where we share news and updates and photos of recent Pack activities: https://www.facebook.com/groups/849890438522559/

Are you ready to submit an application for your son or daughter?  Click through to our online application.  If the application system won't open, please try again using Internet Explorer or MS Edge.  Note -- please do not submit any payments via the online application site. The council dues you will see are different and don't include our Pack dues.  If you have any issues with the online application, please email the Pack Chair.

 

Activities and Outings

Boys and girls most often learn by doing. Cub Scouting helps children develop by having them do new things and actively participate in new activities.

Many of the activities happen with the den and the pack. The most important are den meetings and monthly pack meetings. There also are other exciting Cub Scout activities around our District and Council.

Monthly Pack Meetings – At monthly pack meetings, the Scouts enjoy activities and games and often present a den project or achievement, such as a game or activity that the den has developed.  We occasionally have guest speakers -- a meteorologist, a taekwondo instructor, a fencing instructor -- who shares their knowledge with the Scouts.  Individuals awards are given and updates on Pack activities are provided.  Pack Meetings are not drop-off activities; we ask one parent to accompany their Scout and help him or her with activities.  Pack 102 pack meetings take place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Robinson School, 60 Concord Road, Westford during the school year.  In February and April, when schools are closed during school vacation, the pack meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month. 

Monthly Pack Activities – In addition to the pack meetings, the pack also sponsors monthly pack activities. These are optional activities that give the scouts and their families the opportunity to interact with other pack members and enjoy challenging activities, such as hiking, leaf raking for local veterans, ice skating, or a special educational overnight at the Museum of Science, Battleship Cove, or another special destination.  Parents are always included and siblings are often invited.

Pinewood Derby – The Pinewood Derby is a popular and fun annual event. Each Scout works with a parent to create a miniature gravity-powered race car.  (There are many Pinewood Derby designs online to help provide inspiration.)  The Pack hosts a couple of woodworking events to help get you on your way.  The Pack gets together on the third Saturday of January in the morning at Robinson School to race all of the Derby cars -- we have a very impressive wooden track and software to precisely clock the cars.  Winners receive trophies and can advance to district finals. 

Pack Camping - Pack 102 has educational and fun overnight adventures twice during the school year, and then a final camping overnight in June, traditionally on Father's Day weekend. Our overnights during the year have included the Museum of Science, Old Sturbridge Village, Battleship Cove, Newport, Ultimate Obstacles, Vertical Dreams rock climbing, and Plimoth Plantation.  Our camping overnight in June is usually at East Boston Camps and involves fishing, plenty of campfire activities, maybe some rocket launches, games and outdoor activities.

Child development research suggests that children who spend time outdoors are less likely to have attention-deficit challenges and more likely to be physically and mentally fit. Campouts often include other activities, such as a fishing derby, outdoor games and hikes, nature investigation or simply time to explore (within safety limits, of course.)

Service Projects - We don't just talk about helping, we do something about it. Your child will participate in local service projects, including leaf raking to help local retired Veterans and cleaning local walking trails. The Pack is always looking for new ways to serve and improve the community we live in.

 

Day Camps and Residence Camps

Day Camp - All Cub Scouts are invited to attend West Wind Day Camp at Camp Paul in Chelmsford during the last full week of August (the week before school starts).  Scouts will make crafts, try cooking projects, swim, fish, enjoy nature, and much more during a themed week.  West Wind Day Camp is staffed by volunteers, and Scout parents are asked to volunteer for a day or more to act as a Den Escort.  

Overnight Camp - The Spirit of Adventure Council has a robust camping program offered at several locations in MA and NH.  Families and older Cub Scouts can attend on weekends or for full weeks. Camping brochures and postcards arrive in the spring covering what will be available during the upcoming summer.

 

How Cub Scouting is organized

Wolves travel in Packs.  Geese gather in gaggles.  But, what do you call a bunch of Cub Scouts?  Here's a brief overview of the organization you're joining:

The Den.  Your son or daughter will be a member of a den.  A den typically consists of three to ten boys and girls all in the same grade. The den usually meets once or twice per month (separately from the pack meeting) and is led by Den Leader (a den parent who volunteers to lead the den) and one or more assistants (also volunteer parents). Den Meetings typically last one hour and consist of games, crafts, stunts, ceremonies, and lots of fun. Dens also have outdoor activities and field trips. The Den Leader and other parents should work together to develop the schedule of den activities for the year, and it is suggested that parents alternate running the den meetings so that work is shared. There is a huge variety of den resources available online and in the den guidebook.

The Pack. A pack is made up of several dens. The pack meets once every month for a Pack Meeting. These Pack Meetings, which all Cub Families attend, let the Scouts show off the skills they have learned at the den meetings. At the Pack Meetings scouts receive badges and awards they have earned. The Pack will also host an activity - usually outdoors - every month. The Cubmaster is responsible for the Pack program. Pack 102 usually communicates with families through meetings, e-mail and the always-updated Pack website.

The Pack Committee. The Pack Committee is comprised of the "board of directors."  This group of parents and leaders plan pack meetings and other activities, manage the pack's money, order badges and supplies, and take care of other behind-the-scene tasks. The Pack Committee Chair presides over the committee.

The Charter Organization. Scouting Units are "owned and operated" by a local community organization, often a local church. Pack 102 is “chartered” by the Westford United Methodist Church, and our dens usually meet there for the monthly den meeting.

The District and Council The district is the organization that coordinates scouting activities across multiple Packs and Troops (Boy Scouts) spanning several area towns. Pack 102 is a member of the West Wind District, which is part of the larger Spirit of Adventure Council. 102 scouts have opportunity to participate in district and council sponsored activities throughout the year.

 

Advancement Plan

Recognition is important to children. The Cub Scout advancement plan provides age-appropriate fun, gives Scouts a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with boys and girls on advancement projects. For all but the Webelos, a parent can serve as Akela, or leader to approve completion of advancement requirements.

Lion Cub: Lion Cub Scouts (Kindergarten) work together to complete five requirements during the year, including learning the basics of Cub Scouts, fitness, community service, and other useful knowledge

Tiger Cub: The Tiger Cub program is for first grade (or age 7) boys and girls. The Tiger Cub, working with his or her adult partner, completes 7 adventures and earns the Cyber Chip award to earn the Tiger Cub Badge. These requirements consist of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a child in first grade. Parents share leadership of the Tiger Cub Den.  Some activities are done together at den meetings, and others are done at home.

Bobcat: The Bobcat rank is for all children who join Cub Scouting. Working to earn this award helps the new Cub learn the basics of Cub Scouting.

Wolf: The Wolf program is for boys and girls who have completed first grade (or are age 8). To earn the Wolf badge, a Scout must complete 7 required Wolf adventures, involving simple physical and mental skills, and the Cyber Chip award.  Again, some activities are done with the den, and some are done at home.

Bear: The Bear rank is for boys and girls who have completed second grade (or are age 9). As with the other ranks, there are 7 Bear adventures, but these are somewhat more challenging than those for Wolf.

Webelos: This program is for boys and girls who have completed third grade (or are age 10). A Scout may begin working on the Webelos badge as soon as he or she joins a Webelos den. As the Scout completes the requirements found in the Webelos Scout Book, they will work on activity badges, attend meetings led by adults, and become familiar with the BSA requirements—all leading to the Arrow of Light Award.

There also are award programs that encourage exploration of your religious faith, nature conservation, public service and new skills, subjects and sports.

 

The Dollars and Cents of Cub Scouting

Compared to other youth programs, Cub Scouting is a bargain. (Cub uniform cost and fees are comparable to those of many soccer programs and about half of baseball and football programs.)  But it's not free.

Pack expenses include awards and recognition, outdoor events, camping trips, program materials, equipment, insurance, and leader training. Pack 102 often subsidizes our overnights in order to reduce expenses for Scout families.  Some programs like Cub Scout Day Camps and many summer programs are designed to be self-supporting.

Who pays?

Families - Individual families pay for Scout uniforms and annual registration fees. There is usually also a fee ranging from $25-60 per person for the twice-yearly overnights.  Lastly, there may be a fee associated with a monthly activity, such as bowling, ice skating, etc.

Pack - Pack 102 covers event costs through event specific fees and covers other expenses (materials, overnight subsidies, Derby trophies, Scout books, etc.) by conducting an annual fundraiser each fall. We focus on fund raising at the beginning of the school year so that we don't have to raise funds again during the year.  We participate in the Trails End popcorn fundraiser from late August through early November and, through our Scouts' efforts, raise enough funds to cover expenses for the year.  Scouts learn useful skills through popcorn selling, including communication, organization, persistence and resilience.

Community - This fundraising also supports the District and Council. Local individuals, community groups and businesses support us through their contributions to the Friends of Scouting. Scouting gets no direct support from any government entity.

Registration Fee - A yearly $99.00 fee covers the council registration fee, pack expenses, your Cub Scout handbook and a subscription to the Cub Scout edition of Boys' Life.The subscription to Boys' Life provides features on Scouting, sports, hobbies, magic, science and history, as well as jokes, comics and short stories.  This fee may be adjusted yearly depending on additional costs that the Council has passed along to our Pack.

If costs associated with scouting pose a hardship for your family, talk to the
Cubmaster or Committee Chair about help with fees and expenses

 

Are you ready to submit an application for your son or daughter?  Click through to our online application.  If the application system won't open, please try again using Internet Explorer or MS Edge.  Note -- please do not submit any payments via the online application site. The council dues you will see are different and don't include our Pack dues.  If you have any issues with the online application, please email the Pack Chair.

 

Making Scouting Work for Your Family

  1. Look through your child's handbook. Become familiar with the advancement requirements that they'll need help with and be aware of school and other activities that may count toward these.
  2. Make sure your child's Cub Scout experience is exceptional by volunteering to help.  Offer your home for a den meeting, help gather materials for an activity, or coordinate meeting places or communication with other parents.
  3. In a few hours each month, you can help as a registered leader and make the experience better for every Scout.  More than 470,000 men and women in the U.S. are Cub Scout Leaders.  Parent volunteers are vital to the operation of Pack 102.

Here are just a few of the ways you can help:

Den leader - Plans the den meeting and activity schedule. Coordinates the den's participation in the pack. Attends Pack Leader Meetings and district Round-table sessions.

Assistant Den Leader - Helps plan den meeting and activity schedules. Fills in as needed and helps arrange for the meeting needs and communication with parents.

Cubmaster and Assistant Cub Master - Be the voice of Pack 102!  Lead Pack meetings and Pack events and participate in the committee.

Popcorn Kernel and Assistant Kernel - Coordinate our annual fundraising program from August to November. Pick up popcorn at the Wilmington distribution center, store at your home, organize 3-4 weekend sales booths at local businesses, track sales and order prizes.

Pack Committee member - Responsible for a small part of the Pack program, usually with other parents.

Pack Committee Chair - Maintain general oversight of pack activities, coordinate monthly committee meeting and distribute minutes, submit annual paperwork to Council, ensure all leader training is up to date

Parent helper - At times, all parents are called to pitch in and help, such as setting up and cleaning up around Pack meetings or the Pinewood Derby, helping supervise programs, etc.

 

Volunteering? You're not alone!

The Pack succeeds when people pitch in and help it go. There is an immense force of people working to help you succeed as a volunteer by providing:

Training - You start at your own pace with short, easy-to-follow online training about Scouting and Youth Protection. Then you can attend short, focused training programs presented by experienced scouts.

Peer Support - Pack 102 has experienced leaders who will help you get started so that you can make a difference without it interrupting your life.

Roundtables - Once a month experienced Cub Scout leaders gather to present a fun program with new ideas for Cub Scout leaders.  These Council programs are optional but recommended.

Leader Guides - there is a library of guides for Cub Scouts with ideas, suggestions and checklists. This includes the Cub Scout Leader Book and Cub Scout How-to-Book.

 

What Your Scout Will Need for a Uniform

Lion Scouts

Lion t-shirt

Optional hat

Tiger, Wolf and Bear Scouts  (1st, 2nd and 3rd grade)

Blue Shirt, Short Sleeves

Neckerchief (Tiger, Wolf, Bear)

Neckerchief Slide (Tiger, Wolf, Bear)

Hat

Scout Belt

World Crest

Council Strip (Spirit of Adventure Council)

Den Number Strip

Pack Numbers (102)

Webelos (4th grade) and Arrow of Light Scouts (5th grade)

Tan Shirt, Short Sleeves

Neckerchief

Neckerchief Slide

Hat

Scout Belt

Webelos Colors

World Crest

Council Strip (Spirit of Adventure Council)

Den Number Strip

Pack Numbers (102)

 

The Scout store staff can help with any questions you will have on uniforms. Badges can be sewn on or iron on adhesive products are available at the scouting stores.  

If costs associated with scouting pose a hardship for your family, talk to the
Cubmasteror Committee Chairman about help with fees and expenses
.

 

Where are the Scouting Stores?

THE NEW ENGLAND SCOUT SHOPS are a chain of stores that are owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). These stores stock everything that you will find in the BSA Supply Catalog. All New England Scout Shops have the following hours: Mon-Fri 9:30-6:00, and Sat 9:30-3:00. They accept phone and fax orders, accept credit cards and ship via UPS. Here's a list of their locations:

 

New England Scout Shop
(at BSA Camp Sayre)
411 Unquity Road
Milton, MA 02186 

TEL: 617-361-0315

New England Scout Shop
1980 Lunenburg Road
Lancaster, MA 01523-2735 

TEL: 978-840-8108

 

New England Scout Shop
189 North Main Street
Middleton, MA 01949-1655 

TEL: 978-774-1130

New England Scout Shop
23 Turnpike Road (Route 9)
Southborough, MA 01772 

TEL: 508-229-2396

The closest Scout store to Westford is in Lancaster

495 South to Rt. 2 West to Exit 35.Take a left at the end of the exit; go to the next stop sign.The Scout shop is in the basement of the Boy Scout of America Nashoba Valley Council building which is directly across from this stop.

You can also shop on-line at www.scoutstuff.org