Dear Parents and Scouts,
We are excited you are interested in more information about The Boy Scouts of America, and welcome you to Lake Stevens Cub Scout Pack 42 website! There is SO much information to share with you. Whether you are re-familiarizing yourself with scouting, or are new to scouting, the materials contained here will give you invaluable information, references, and resources, that will enable you to make the most of scouting, and help you decide if Pack 42 is the right fit for your family and future scout!
WHAT WE DO
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For more than a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
It is the vision of The Boy Scouts of America to prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Scout Oath: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BSA
Scouting's history goes back to the turn of the 20th century to a British Army officer, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell. While stationed in India, he discovered that his men did not know basic first aid or the elementary means of survival in the outdoors. Baden-Powell realized he needed to teach his men many frontier skills, so he wrote a small handbook called Aids to Scouting, which emphasized resourcefulness, adaptability, and the qualities of leadership that frontier conditions demanded.
After returning from the Boer War, where he became famous by protecting the small town of Mafeking for 217 days, Baden-Powell was amazed to find that his little handbook had caught the interest of English boys. They were using it to play the game of scouting.
Baden-Powell had the vision to see some new possibilities, and he decided to test his ideas on boys. In August 1907, he gathered about 20 boys and took them to Brownsea Island in a sheltered bay off England's southern coast. They set up a makeshift camp that would be their home for the next 12 days.
The boys had a great time! They divided into patrols and played games, went on hikes, and learned stalking and pioneering. They learned to cook outdoors without utensils. Scouting began on that island and would sweep the globe in a few years.
The next year, Baden-Powell published his book Scouting for Boys, and Scouting continued to grow. That same year, more than 10,000 Boy Scouts attended a rally held at the Crystal Palace; a mere two years later, membership in Boy Scouts had tripled.
For additional information on the history of BSA, please visit www.scouting.org.
WHO’S WHO OF CUB SCOUT PACK 42?
SCOUT DEN AND PACK MEETINGS
Our Den and Pack meetings are normally held in the Highland Elementary School cafeteria from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM. This is always subject to change and members will be notified in advance if there is a change in venue. Meetings are held during the school months, September through June. During the summer months, no meetings are scheduled but there will be day camp and events for the scouts. Please refer to the calendar of events included within.
1st Friday of the month (September through June) = Pack meeting
Another TBD Friday of the month (September through June) = Den meeting
“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”