This is where you’ll find information and resources that can make scouting more fun for both you and your son. If there is a resource you cannot find, please contact us. We’ll get you the info you need as soon as we can.
Download the Cub Scout Parent Info Guide
Below are forms related to scouting and events (note: the annual health form has been updated for 2014-15).
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• 2014-15 HEALTH FORM updated (fillable PDF). Click here for a Health Forms FAQ.
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New YOUTH SCOUTING Application
New ADULT LEADER Application
Parent/Guardian EVENT CONSENT Form
For access to all BSA scouting forms, reference the Forms page at scouting.org.
Your Role as a Parent
The BSA website at scouting.org has some excellent resources for parents, including a page entitled Your Role as a Parent. This page includes some excellent suggestions, which are summarized below:
Cub Scouting encourages closeness to family. The program will give you opportunities to take part in activities with your son that you normally couldn’t do. It provides a positive way for parent and son to grow closer together, and encourages you to spend quality time together. In this way, Cub Scouting is a program for the entire family, and your involvement is vital to the program’s success.
Some specific things you can do to help your son in Cub Scouting are:
Work with your son on projects
Help your Cub Scout along the advancement trail
Participate in monthly pack meetings
Attend parent-leader conferences
Go on family campouts with your son
Provide support for your son’s den and pack by volunteering
The Cub Scout years are developing years for young boys, falling between the dependence of early childhood and the relative independence of early adolescence. As he grows, your son will gain the ability to do more things “on his own,” but at this stage of his development, your help is critical.
Cub Scout Resources
There are several pieces of scouting literature available on the Resources page at scouting.org. You can check out those publications related to wearing the correct uniform for various occasions, age-appropriate guidelines for scouting activities, scouting safely, and more. Among the resources are the scout handbooks.
Below are links to online versions of the scout handbook for each rank. If your son forgets his handbook for a meeting or event, just jump on the web and view the items from your handbook here!
Tiger Online Handbook
Wolf Online Handbook
Bear Online Handbook
Webelos Online Handbook | Webelos Activity Badges
For Parents NEW to Pack 3597
For a general overview of Scouting, the BSA website has several resources available for new parents. On their Welcome page, you’ll find an FAQ along with resources for parents, scouts, leaders, and more.
The best part of scouting is boys have fun and learn things by doing things. There are many ways Scouts can do things… among the activities are den and pack meetings, outings or field trips, the Pinewood Derby, Father-Son cake bake, the Blue & Gold banquet, camping, and service projects. You can learn more about these actives on the Activities & Events page at scouting.org.