Cub Scout Pack 3944


 BEIJING, CHINA

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Frequently Asked Questions

How old (or young) can a boy be to join Cub Scouts? Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age.  Boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but they may be eligible to join the Boy Scouting or Venturing program depending on their age and grade level.

Must I be a U.S. citizen to join Cub Scouting? U.S. citizenship is not required of youth or adult members. BUT here in China, only boys with a valid foreign passport AND a valid visa are allowed to join Cub Scouts.  The government of the People’s Republic of China is adamant about this and there will be NO EXCEPTIONS.

Are parents required to attend den and pack meetings? Yes.  Cub Scout meetings are intended to be an activity for the boy and his parent or guardian. Many dens rotate responsibility for running weekly den meeting among the parents.  Here in Beijing, parental involvement is not only encouraged, it is required. You may NOT simply drop off your boy at Scouting events.  You may not leave your boy with an Ayi or driver.  Cub Scouting is A FAMILY ACTIVITY 

How can I become an adult volunteer in Cub Scouts? Express your interest to the pack leaders or committee members. While there’s no guarantee that a specific role or position will be available—and there may be a selection process among several candidates even if the position is currently vacant—there is usually some way in which you can contribute. Pack 3944 is glad for any offer of help. There are many single-instance volunteer opportunities such as Cub Scout Olympics Chair or Pinewood Derby Chair.

How often do Cub Scouts meet? Cub Scouts meet in their dens once each week, and a pack meeting is held once a month.  A den may hold a special activity, such as a service project or visit to a local museum, in place of one of the weekly meetings or in addition to the weekly meetings.

Are outdoor activities held during poor air quality days or during bad weather?  Pack 3944’s outdoor activities are subject to cancelation due to poor weather conditions and/or poor air quality.  Should the U.S. Embassy’s Air Quality Index (AQI) reading exceed meet or 300 three hours prior to a scheduled outdoor Pack activity, the Cubmaster will send a notice of cancellation via the Den Leaders.  Exceptions may be made for events held outside of the city, including campouts.  In all cases, the decision to cancel a Pack event due to poor air quality or adverse weather conditions rests with the Cubmaster.  (The U.S. Embassy AQI reading may be found here: www.stateair.net

What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting? At minimum, each boy in Cub Scouting will need a uniform and a handbook. Each year, the handbook changes, as does the cap and neckerchief, but other uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years. When a boy enters a Webelos den, he will need to obtain a new uniform. Additional supplies and equipment may be needed for certain activities such as camping trips. What equipment is needed will vary somewhat from year to year. Den and pack leaders will provide parents with information about any supplies that will be required at the beginning of each program year.

Where can I purchase Cub Scout literature, uniforms, and other program materials? Our uniforms, literature, and other Scouting merchandise are available for sale by our Quartermaster. You may also visit www.scoutstuff.org to order items online.

If a boy joins a Bear den, may he go back and earn the Tiger Cub and Wolf badges? No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward the same badge. If a boy joins Cub Scouting as a 9-year-old or in the third grade, he must earn the Bobcat badge (all boys in Cub Scouting earn this badge), and then he will begin working on the Bear badge with his fellow Cub Scouts. He is not required to have earned the Tiger Cub or Wolf badges. Since those badges are for younger boys (first grade or age 7 and second grade or age 8), the requirements for those badges are below a third grade or 9-year-old’s current level of ability, so “going back” to pick up those badges is not permitted.

If a boy completes the Wolf badge early, may he begin working on the Bear badge? No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward a badge that is geared to their level of development. If the Wolf badge is completed before the end of the program year, a boy may work on electives to earn Arrow Points, or Academic and Sports belt loops and pins, Nova awards, or the religious emblem of their faith. He may not begin working on the requirements for the Bear badge. His work on the Bear badge will begin the next program year, when he graduates into a Bear den.

May Cub Scouts earn badges such as the 50-Miler Award or Mile Swim BSA? No, Cub Scouts are not eligible to earn these awards, which are part of the Boy Scout program. All of the awards that Cub Scouts may earn are listed in their handbooks.

Are Cub Scouts the same as Boy Scouts? No. Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America—so in that sense, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are both members of the same organization. However, they are entirely different programs: Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program designed specifically to address the needs of younger boys.

When a Cub Scout earns the Arrow of Light, may he immediately join a Boy Scout troop? Boy Scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light and are at least 10 years old. So, a Webelos Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light is eligible to join a troop immediately (provided he is at least 10 years old). A boy can join a Boy Scout troop if he is 11 years old whether he has earned the Arrow of Light or not.  However, Pack 3944 coordinates with local Boy Scout troops to facilitate the transition from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. In these instances, it is better for the boy, his family, and both units if all Webelos Scouts make the transition together, in a coordinated fashion, rather than having each boy leave the pack as soon as he is eligible.

For more information, pls check out BSA official website, www.scouting.org

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