New Parent/Scout Information



First, to our new parents, a big Cub Scout WELCOME!

 

We're so happy you are joining our Pack. Here's what you need to do to get started:

 

  1. Save the Date for our next Den Meeting! Click here to see the Calendar for all our Den Meetings and Events. Unlike many Packs, we have this Den Meeting pre-scheduled for all dens to take advantage of throughout the year. Your individual Den may have additional meetings outside of this time, based on the needs and preferences of the members of that Den.
  2. Log in to the website! You'll need a username and password. If you haven't already received one via email, please use the "Contact Us" link. If you know your username but have forgotten your password, click on the "Login" link, then click "Request New Password." As noted in our Pack Policies, we only create user accounts for the parent or guardians of youth that have officially registered with the Pack by submitting a Youth Application. Our boys who are all under 13 do not receive web site accounts.
  3. Complete a Youth Application! You may have already done this - if you have turned it in to the Cubmaster, or one our other Adult Leaders, you are all set. If you don't have a Youth Application, you can use the "Contact Us" form to get one, or you may also get a PDF version here. The most important things to be sure to know to fill in this form are: a Unit Number is 0990.
    • Boy's Life should be filled in "Yes" (it's part of your basic dues).
    • Sign the application! We must have the parent or guardian signature.
    • Pay Your Dues! Our annual dues are $200.00. This can be paid online via our website by login and clicking on Make Payment, or you may pay by check, payable to "Pack 990." These dues help to cover the expenses of the Pack, including the registration fees paid to the Boy Scouts of America, as well the awards your son will earn and many of the activities of the Pack throughout the year. We cover the balance of the Pack's expenses through our Fundraising Program which for 2018 will be our Evergreen Wreaths Sale prior to the holiday season.
  4. Get Youth Protection Training! The BSA has focused their entire membership around keeping our boys safe. We ask all parents to get Youth Protection Training. It is done online, and it is valid for two years. Click here to see the steps of how to sign up on myscouting.org, and it has all the instructions you'll need to take the Youth Protection Training. Once completed, you have an opportunity to print a certificate. Please save it as a PDF file, or scan it, and email the file to training.  
  5. Complete Your Bobcat Rank! The first badge each Cub Scout must earn is the Bobcat Rank, regardless of age when they first join Cub Scouts. It must only be earned once. The first seven items will be covered by your Den Leader, but the eighth item is an important discussion with your son about "How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse." Your Cub Scout Handbook has an age-appropriate version of this topic for each Rank. Click here to see the general version, but we would suggest using your Handbook as a guide.
    • Cubmaster's Comments: You may feel this can be an awkward discussion, but it will help protect not only your child but your child's friends as well. Only you, the parent, can have this talk with your children. The key thing is to explain the idea of "inappropriate behavior" with simple analogies like "the swimsuit area" and other similar terms. This training is useful beyond Scouts, can help in all sorts of situations, and has been developed by one of the leaders in youth protection today - the Boy Scouts of America.
  6. We Need YOU! Pack 990 lives and dies by the efforts of its 100% volunteer leaders. Please take the time now, if you didn't complete this at a Pack Meeting, to click here and complete this Family Survey. Once you've identified your areas of interest, please fill out an Adult Application. If you have not received one on paper, you may download one here. The key items on this are to: a Sign the main application in the lower-left-hand corner ONLY
    • You MUST also sign and date the separate "Disclosure/Application Form" to authorize a background check
    • If you are completing the form electronically, the Social Security Number is required. On the paper form, your SSN is only stored on the copy that goes to the Council. If you have concerns about providing this information, please contact the Cubmaster for an alternate procedure with the Capitol Area Council for completing the background check.
    • 16 Get in Uniform! Your son will need an official Cub Scout Uniform. These are available at the Scout Store at the southwest corner of I-35 and Parmer Lane. To learn more, scroll down this page to How To Look Like A Cub Scout
  7. Have A Blast! This may seem like a lot to do, but it's a one-time investment in years of fun and learning in the Cub Scouts. Your son will do amazing things, both with his peers and with you. It will be the time of your life. Welcome to Pack 990! If you have any concerns, questions or comments, please contact one of the leaders in our Pack, or the Cubmaster. We're here to help you make the Pack go!