On my honour I 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. This and so much more are imparted into the lives of young men who participate in the Cub Scouts. The Cub Scouts function in a large group called a pack. This pack is lead by a cubmaster, who is the overall adult leader of the group. The pack is broken down into dens with another lower level of leadership to include the cub scouts as well as other adult leaders. Pack meetings provide cub scouts with opportunities to learn skills and earn badges all at the same time. The boys also enjoy fun-filled games and activities that foster pride, character and service.
The Pack Location
Cub Scout pack meetings are usually held at the chartered organisation's facility. The facility must be large enough to conduct pack meetings and den meetings. In addition, the facility must accommodate the cub scouts, family and friends. Due to the nature of the activities and games that are normally conducted during the meetings, the facility must be large enough to have at least four small groups of five boys participating in pack meeting activities that may involve races, crafts and sporting events.
Prior to the pack meeting, the boys generally participate in a game or activity that allows time for all of the other boys to arrive for the pack meeting. The opening ceremony begins with prayer, flag ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance, the Cub Scout oath, Cub Scout pledge and the Cub Scout motto.
The agenda also includes a time when the main program -- often a skills demonstration -- is presented to the boys and their families. After the main program, the cubmaster shares upcoming events, announcements and awards that the boys may have earned for the month. After the closing announcements, the pack committee normally provides refreshments to foster a time of fellowship with all of the Cub Scouts and their families.
Cub Scouts have at least seven ceremonies. The flag ceremony teaches the cub scouts how to properly carry, present and fold the American flag. The induction ceremony provides an opportunity for new boys to become apart of the pack. It is basically a welcoming ceremony.
Additional activities include the advancement ceremony where boys who have earned the right to move up the advancement structure of the pack are recognised. Pack activities also include a time when the den leaders, parents and the boys receive recognition for special projects or service to the community.
A major part of cub scouts is the opportunity for boys to play and interact and thereby learn the principles of sportsmanship and self confidence.
Pack Meeting Planning
The cubmaster is the lead in ensuring that all pack meetings are planned. Planning must include the ideas and lessons that the den leaders will do during the den meeting time. The den leaders and cubmaster must ensure that there is adequate seating and space available for all planned activities.
Planning must ensure that all present are able to participate during the meeting. Family involvement is absolutely necessary to ensure that the family becomes an active partner in the Cub Scout's development.
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