2014 School Nights for Scouting
Fall Recruitment is right around the corner. Each Pack is asked to have a date in the fall when they will give boys the opportunity to join their Pack. In order to prepare promotional materials and volunteer support the date for Fall Recruitment events are needed by June 9th. Before signing up for a recruitment date please look at this calendar to see the recommended weeks of recruitment for each school district. These dates are base on when each school district starts classes and the best time for recruitment to take place. Once a pack has decided on a date and has that date approved by their school please sign up for the Fall Recruitment date here.
2014 Webelos Encampment
It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's the 2014 Webelos Encampment! The 2014 Webelos Encampment is going to be October 24th to the 26th at Camp Kikthawenund. The theme for this year's Encampment is going to be Superheroes. This event is a great way for Webelos to learn a little bit of what boys scouts is like and have a lot of fun. More information on the 2014 Webelos Encampment and how to register can be found here.
What is Cub Scouting
Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting. It is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (or 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting. Currently, Cub Scouting is the largest of the BSA's three membership divisions. (The others are Boy Scouting and Venturing.)
The 10 purposes of Cub Scouting are:
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- Sportsmanship and Fitness
- Family Understanding
- Respectful Relationships
- Personal Achievement
- Friendly Service
- Fun and Adventure
- Preparation for Boy Scouts
Cub Scouting members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys. Tiger Cubs (first-graders), Wolf Cub Scouts (second-graders), Bear Cub Scouts (third-graders), and Webelos Scouts (fourth- and fifth-graders) meet weekly.
Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and pack committee. The committee includes parents of boys in the pack and members of the chartered organization.
Recognition is important to young boys. The Cub Scouting advancement plan provides fun for the boys, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with boys on advancement projects.
Bobcat. The Bobcat rank is the first rank for all boys who join Cub Scouts. They learn the basics of Cub Scouting.
Tiger Cub. The Tiger Cub program is for first-grade (or age 7) boys and their adult partners. There are five Tiger Cub achievement areas. The Tiger Cub, working with his adult partner, completes 15 requirements within these areas to earn the Tiger Cub badge. These requirements consist of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a boy in the first grade.
Wolf. The Wolf program is for boys who have completed first grade (or are age 8). To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass 12 achievements involving simple physical and mental skills.
Bear. The Bear rank is for boys who have completed second grade (or are age 9). There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories. The Cub Scout must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear badge. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf rank.
Webelos. This program is for boys who have completed third grade (or are age 10). A boy may begin working on the Webelos badge as soon as he joins a Webelos den. This is the first step in his transition from the Webelos den to the Boy Scout troop. As he completes the requirements found in the Webelos Handbook, he will work on activity badges, attend meetings led by adults, and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirements--all leading to the Arrow of Light Award. A letter to Parents of Webelos II Scouts can be found here with some helpful questions when considering which troop to join
Arrow of Light & Crossover Ceremonies
Order of the Arrow ceremonialists, on a limited basis, are available to help make your Arrow of Light and Crossover ceremonies especially memorable for your Webelos. Request an Order of the Arrow ceremony team to come to your Crossover & Arrow of Light Ceremony.
The Order of the Arrow, Quanasita Chapter, serving Del-Mi District would be honored to help make your Webelos Scouts’ Arrow of Light and/or Crossover ceremonies especially memorable. Most Packs have these ceremonies performed at their Blue and Gold Banquet, but they can also be done at a Pack meeting or other event. Our goal is to serve your Pack and Scouting by delivering a quality performance.
To request your Pack’s ceremonies please go to the link below and fill out the form. The adult advisers of the Order of the Arrow will be in contact with you.
Order of the Arrow Ceremony Team Request Form
Please be understanding that requesting a ceremony by the Order of the Arrow is not a guarantee that we will have a team available for you. Our ceremony teams are made of up of junior and high school students. Many of these young men do not yet drive and are dependent on parents to transport them and most of these young men are very active in Boy Scouts and also active in other extracurricular activities. Additionally, most packs want to have these ceremonies during a very short timeline January through March on the same weekends. There are times when a ceremony team is not available or we don’t have enough ceremony teams.
You are encouraged to Google “Crossover Ceremony” and “Arrow of Light Ceremony” and search for a ceremony that adult leaders in your pack and adult leaders in the troops your Webelos are crossing over to may present to your Webelos. There are many wonderful ceremonies available to you.
We will do everything we can to provide you with a ceremony team. However, since our young men who do the ceremonies are volunteers and lead active lives we cannot guarantee you a team. However, we will advise you at least two weeks before your requested ceremony whether we have a ceremony team committed for your event.
If you have questions, please email or call the Quanasita Chapter Adviser , Jim Fisher, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 407-6120.