Are you the parent of a boy who is either in grades first through fifth or who is between the ages of seven and ten? If you are, you may want to take the time to examine the Boy Scouts of America, namely their Cub Scouting division. The Cub Scouting division is commonly referred to as the most popular Boy Scouts division. For that reason, you may want to see what Cub Scouting can do for you and your child.
One of the most commonly asked questions, concerning the Cub Scouting division of the Boy Scouts is what is expected of boys and parents. In all honesty, you will find that it varies. There are different local councils and Dens who have different requirements or needs. With that in mind, there are some common similarities, no matter where you are located or how large or small your child’s Den is. For more information on what may be expected from your child, as a Cub Scouting member, or you as a parent, please continue reading on.
As a parent, you will find that a lot is expected of you, when your child is with the Cub Scouting division of the Boy Scouts of America. For starters, you will be expected to provide your child with support. The Boy Scouts regularly have meetings, community volunteer projects, and other events. You will want to encourage your child to participate in all events and activities, especially on the local level. Should you find conflicts with your schedule, you will want to make alternative arrangements with other parents or adult leaders. This will enable your child to make full use out of their Boy Scout membership and enjoy all that the Boy Scouts of America has to offer.
Although not required by all Den leaders, many at least recommend that parents volunteer. This volunteering may take on a number of different formats. For instance, you may be asked to prepare a quick snack for a Den meeting, you may be asked to attend meetings, or assist with any activities, which may include camping adventures or community volunteer projects. If at all possible, you will want to volunteer with your child’s Boy Scouts group. You can look at it as spending quality time with your child.
As a parent, you will also be expected to pay dues for your child. These dues are often collected on a monthly basis and they will be used to help support your child’s group. While the fees collected will vary, they may help to pay for fun adventures, like camping or hiking, or the supplies needed for crafts and construction projects. These affordable fees are what enables your child to enjoy being a part of the Boy Scouts. In addition to your own dues, adult leaders, approved community fundraisers, and donors will result in other needed funds.
As for your child, they will be expected to abide by the “Aims of Scouting.” This is a phrase that is used to describe the goals of the Boys Scouts of America. These aims and goals can further be examined by examining the Scout Motto, the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, and so forth. For instance, the Scout Motto is to always be prepared. These simple guidelines, if followed, can help your child become a better person, now and in the future.
Your child will also be expected to attend all meetings and local events. These events, as previously stated, may include fun filled activities, such as hiking or camping, or they may include participating in a community fundraiser. The good news is that many adult Boy Scout leaders take into account school sporting events and other extra curricular activities. This is nice, as it enables your child to do more than be a Boy Scout.
The above mentioned points are just a few of the many points that you will want to take into consideration, when examining the Boy Scouts of America, namely their Cub Scouting division. As a reminder, the expectations that are required of you and your child are nothing compared the experiences that they will walk away with.
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