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Getting Started

Welcome to Pack 33! Below is a quick guide to scouting and our pack. Please contact Cubmaster Lee Howard via email, cubmaster [at] takomaparkscouts [dot] org, if you would like to learn more about Pack 33.

The Dens ...
A boy entering 1st grade would become a "Tiger.” "Wolf" level is for 2nd grade, "Bear" is 3rd grade, and 4th and 5th grades are “Webelos." Each level has one or more "dens" associated with it. All dens fall under the overall umbrella of the "pack.” Going forward, your den leader will be your primary point of contact for den activities. For the larger pack events (those events involving all dens), you would get announcements from Cubmaster or the Committee Chair.

Applications ...
To get started, we need to get a youth application submitted for your son. The youth application form is available from http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-406A.pdf, all you need to do is complete page 5 and email it to committeechair [at] takomaparkscouts [dot] org. Annuals dues are required for participation, and can be paid for at the time the application is turned in. There are a few other costs associated with Cub Scouting, such as the  uniform and handbook, and the optional subscription to Boys' Life magazine which is $12/year

The Uniform ...
Click here to learn about the official Cub Scout uniform. Scouts wear their uniforms to all official Scouting functions, but if you're new to Scouting or just checking it out, you don't need to feel obligated to buy a uniform prior to your first den or pack meeting. Pack 33 maintains a "uniform bank" for anyone who needs uniform parts for well below what they would cost new. In addition to the blue or tan uniform shirt, your son needs the unit number 33, the 75-year veteran patch, the National Capital Area Council patch, a den strip, and the world crest patch. Pack 33 will provide a neckerchief and many patches and insignia as your Scout earns them throughout the year. More on uniforming can be found here http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/Uniform/Parents.aspx 

The first award your son can earn is the Bobcat badge, which he can begin working on as soon as he is registered. To read about the Bobcat rank, visit http://www.usscouts.org/advance/cubscout/Bobcat.asp

Most important, it's REALLY FUN ...
Here are some photos taken of our Webelos at Camp Ross: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pack33
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