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Get Started in Scouting

A Quickstart Guide for New Parents

“10 Essentials” to Adventure, Grit & Growth

You may have heard of Scouting’s “10 Essentials” for outdoor preparedness, but here are the 10 essentials to get you started on your Scouting Adventure:

For Cub Scout Parents

Kids in Kindergarten through 5th Grade

1. Cub Scout Overview (Video)

2. Get a Uniform & Book

Call, order or shop for a uniform at your local Nor’west Scout Shop. Ask for the latest specials, sales and discounts! You can also get books, camping gear and more. They can even help you with sewing on your Scout’s patches.

We also have a used uniform bank to help youth and leaders who need assistance in obtaining uniforms. Get details here.

Learn more about the uniform, other gear and even what to pack for camping here: https://www.scoutshop.org/blog/new-to-scouting-start-here.html

 

3. Connect with Parents, Leaders

Your child will be placed in a “Den” with other Scouts their age. This “Den” is a part of a larger “Pack”.  Be proactive and contact the leaders. They are typically busy parents too and often new to the leadership role. Be patient, ask questions and offer to help. (You’ll soon learn that Scouts are “helpful” and learn to “do a good turn daily.”)

You can also fill out this “About My Pack” sheet with key contact info and details about your Scout unit. 

4. Take Youth Protection Training

This is required for all Scout leaders and highly recommended for all parents. It’s good to understand how everyone involved in the Boy Scouts of America works diligently to keep kids safe. Here’s how you get started: 

  1. Go to my.scouting.org
  2. Create an account
  3. Click on “Menu” and go to “My Training”
  4. Go to “Youth Protection Training” (Recommended for all adults. Required for new leaders before volunteer service with youth begins.)
  5. Optional: find the training that corresponds with your child’s age and program or your area of responsibility.
5. Get familiar with Cub Scouting

Every group of Scouts is a bit different, but all are based on the same principles and foundation. They also share the same growth opportunites (called “advancement”) on the road to help Scouts acheive our highest advancement rank of Eagle Scout. 

Learn more by perusing the content here: https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/ 

6. Learn about Cub Scout Camping

With the help of our Camp4All supporters, we are acheiving our #1 goal: that every Scout gets to go to Summer Camp and have a world-class experience. Many Scouts get their first taste of the great outdoors at our camps whether it’s an overnight adventure, horseback riding or a day camp. Learn more about our camps here: https://cpcbsa.org/adventures/cub-scout-camps/

7. Download a Family Guide

Get an overview of the program by downloading the Family Information Guide: English or Español

8. Get a Medical Checkup

Download and fill out these medical forms and make appointment with your Scout’s doctor for an annual checkup. Your Scout will need these forms to attend various adventures.

9. Invite a Friend

While Scouting means life-long friendships, it’s always fun to start with someone you know. Ask your child who they’d want to have fun with and invite them to a meeting. You can also text them the pictures and videos you find here

10. Connect with Us, Stay Informed

Stay in the loop on the latest opportunities for adventure, grit and growth throughout the Cascade Pacific Council (CPC).

For Scouts BSA Parents

Youth Ages 11 – 17

1. Scouts BSA Overview (Video)
2. Get a Uniform & Book

Call, order or shop for a uniform at your local Nor’west Scout Shop. Ask for the latest specials, sales and discounts! You can also get books, camping gear and more. They can even help you with sewing on your Scout’s patches!

We alsohave a used uniform bank to help youth and leaders who need assistance in obtaining uniforms. Get details here.

Learn more about the uniform, other gear and even what to pack for camping here: https://www.scoutshop.org/blog/new-to-scouting-start-here.html

3. Connect with Parents, Leaders

Your child will be placed in a “Patrol” with other Scouts their age. This “Patrol” is a part of a larger “Troop”.  Be proactive and contact the leaders. They are typically busy parents too and often new to the leadership role. Be patient, ask questions and offer to help. (You’ll soon learn that Scouts are “helpful” and learn to “do a good turn daily.”)

4. Take Youth Protection Training

This is required for all Scout leaders and highly recommended for all parents. It’s good to understand how everyone involved in the Boy Scouts of America works diligently to keep kids safe. Here’s how you get started:

  1. Go to my.scouting.org
  2. Create an account
  3. Click on “Menu” and go to “My Training”
  4. Go to “Youth Protection Training” (Recommended for all adults. Required for new leaders before volunteer service with youth begins.)
  5. Optional: find the training that corresponds with your child’s age and program or your area of responsibility.
5. Get Familiar with Scouts BSA

Every group of Scouts is a bit different, but all are based on the same principles and foundation. They also share the same growth opportunites (called “advancement”) on the road to help Scouts acheive our highest advancement rank of Eagle Scout.

Learn more by perusing the content here: https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa

6. Learn about Summer Camp

With the help of our Camp4All supporters, we are acheiving our #1 goal: that every Scout gets to go to Summer Camp and have a world-class experience. From horseback riding, to mountain biking to rock climing and shooting sports, we have it all. Check out our Scouts BSA Summer Camps here: https://cpcbsa.org/adventures/scouts-bsa-camps/

7. Choose Your Summer Camp

Next, talk to your Scout and leaders about the camp you and your Scout would like to attend in the future or which camps are their favorites. (Scholarships are available.)  Leaders will be able to make a reservation.

8. Get a Medical Check-up

Download and fill out these medical forms and make appointment with your Scout’s doctor for an annual checkup. Your Scout will need these forms to attend various adventures.

9. Gear Up, Prepare for Adventure!

Your Scout’s Handbook is chock full of resources for fun, skills development and adventure.  Many Scout units attend Summer Camp and attend what we call “High Adventure” trips to places like Yosemite or Glacier National Parks. Or they visit properties run by the National Boy Scouts of America.

And you can always attend with your Scout!

Prepare Your Gear

You’ll find gear lists in your Scout Handbook or download gear checklists here. You can often find great deals on gear at your Nor’West Scout Shop.

10. Connect with Us, Stay Informed

Stay in the loop on the latest opportunities for adventure, grit and growth throughout the Cascade Pacific Council (CPC). 

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