CUB SCOUT PACK 392 - SYKESVILLE MD
In 1916, Sir Robert Baden-Powell introduced the "Wolf Cub" program for younger boys. This program soon found its way to numerous communities in the Americas. There were also other 'younger boy' organizations such as the "Little Lodge" of the "Woodcraft Indians," the "Boy Pioneers," and the "Boy Rangers." Some BSA Boy Scout Troops were also sponsoring unofficial "Junior Troops" and "Cadet Corps." Finally, after 20 years of Boy Scouting in America, "Cubbing" was introduced! What has followed has been nothing short of phenomenal! Boasting over 50,000,000 members since its inception, no program in history has had the far ranging impact on American youth than Cubbing and Cub Scouting have!
Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, based Cub Scouting on one of the stories in Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. It was called "Mowgli's Brothers." We know it as "The Story of Akela and Mowgli." A copy of part of the story is in the Wolf Cub Scout Book. The story is continued in the Bear Cub Scout Book. A part of the story is also in the Cub Scout Leader Book. Cub Scouting has drawn upon the adventure and lore of the Native American, just as Seton's Native American lore influenced Boy Scouting; but a strong influence from Kipling's Jungle Book still remains.
The words "Law of the Pack," "Akela," “Baloo”, "Wolf Cub," "den," and "pack" all come from the Jungle Book. The gold and silver arrows, Webelos, and Arrow of Light are taken from our Native American heritage. Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth. Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others; understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems; are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation's role in the world; have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.
Cub Scouting is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (or 6-10 years of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting. Cub Scouting's 12 Core Values: Citizenship, Honesty, Compassion, Perseverance, Cooperation, Positive Attitude, Courage, Resourcefulness, Faith, Respect, Health and fitness, and Responsibility.
As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a self-reliant, dependable and caring individual. Scouting has these same goals in mind for him. Since 1910, we have been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, good citizenship, and physical and mental fitness in youth. Scouting teaches family values. We know that boys do not join Scouting to get their character built. Boys join because it is fun filled with adventure!
We are chartered by Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church and we have approximately 40 families and their sons from the Sykesville area and the surrounding community that actively participate in our program. Founded in 1991, we have a very active Pack, and pride ourselves on having a program that focuses on the 12 core values of Cub Scouting with fun, respect, and family that influences the growth of the scouts into fine young citizens.
Our Pack, along with other Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops in Carroll County, make up the Carroll District. The Carroll District is one of ten districts that form the Baltimore Area Council. The Council is the immediate subset of the national Boy Scouts of America organization. The Council office is located at 701 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21211. In addition to the Baltimore Area Council, the Pack is also supported by the Charter Organization and the Pack Committee.
Since 1991, the Charter Organization for Pack 392 has been Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church. They provide us with a safe place to hold our meetings as well as the administrative structure for ownership of all pack equipment, insurance, and sponsorship.
Each scout starts as a member of a Den and that Den is a part of a much larger network of scouts that will support their growth and development throughout their scouting adventures. Members who join Cub Scout Pack 392 are assigned to a Den based upon their grade in school which defines which rank they will work towards.
Pack 392 works on a school calendar year beginning and ending on the last day of our public school system in mid-June with main activities beginning in September. Dens typically meet once or twice a month and are usually a group of six to ten scouts. Dens allow the boys to get to know each other better and engage in activities that would be difficult in larger groups. Each Den is lead by a Den Leader and an Assistant Den Leader and sometimes a Scout Den Chief. The den also provides leadership opportunities for the boys as they elect "Denners" or help to teach each other. Den Leaders are trained parent volunteers.
Den meeting activities are planned around monthly themes and include games, handicrafts, hikes and other outdoor fun, practicing skits and stunts in preparation for the next Pack meeting and taking part in simple ceremonies and songs. Sometimes work on advancement requirements is included, but most of that work is accomplished by the boys with their parents. Den Leaders may ask for special help occasionally from parents (helping with a meeting, sharing a special skill, or just providing a snack for the boys). Parents are required to attend each meeting if their Cub Scout is a Lion or Tiger Cub.
In addition to den meetings, once a month all of the Dens meet together as a Pack to receive recognition and work on advancements together as a group. Pack meetings are normally based around a theme such as disability awareness, community heroes, the outdoors, etc. The activities for the pack meeting are then fun learning activities based around the theme such as meeting with a guide dog trainer, talking with firemen, planting a terrarium, learning about composting, learning about germs, etc. The Pack also sponsors certain special projects. These include community service projects, outdoor activities, fund raising activities, and fun competitions.