A Scout is...
Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent.
The new scout year begins June 1. Registration is $75/year, due in September. The fee covers materials for the year:
- all the belt loops
- advancement badges
- awards and trophies
- religious emblems
- activities at den and pack meetings
Scouts also participate in an annual popcorn fundraiser to help pay for field trips and extra activities (e.g. pool parties, camping, etc.) Pack 99 is financially independent and depends solely on registration fees and fundraising for its support.
2018-2019 School Flyer: for school recruitment
Youth Application Form: required for all brand-new Cub Scouts (returning Scouts do not need to complete again)
Adult Application Form: required for new adult volunteers serving in a leadership position (den leader, pack leader, assistants, or any district or council position). Also required for all Tiger parents (1st grade parents) because Tiger parents must supervise their Scout at all den and pack activities.
Uniform and Handbook
Class "A" Uniform
You need to get the official Cub Scout shirt (blue shirt for Tigers, Wolves, Bears; khaki for Webelos and Arrow of Light) with the basic insignia, the appropriate rank handbook, a scout belt, neckerchief, a neckerchief clasp and a Den patch. The baseball caps and Scout socks are optional. Most boys buy the official Cub Scout pants that can be converted into shorts. Navy blue school pants are acceptable. Some boys wear jeans with their uniform, but if they wear shorts, they must wear ones that match the scout shirt color. The people who work at the Scout Shop will know exactly what you need and help you.
Where to Buy
The closest Scout Shop is the one in Stafford: 12300 Park Crest Dr. #130, Stafford, TX 77477. They are open from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-F, from 10:00 -3:00 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sundays. Call ahead if you have questions about their inventory, (281) 207-2340.
Wearing Scout uniforms to school
Each school has different dress code requirements. Boys who attend St. Thomas More may wear their Scout uniform only on their rank's den meeting days and pack meeting days. This can be as many as 3 times as month. Please note that pack meetings are on Fridays (Mass Days) so STM Scouts must wear LONG navy school uniform pants with their Scout uniform for Mass.
Class "B" Uniform
We sell Pack 99 Class "B" t-shirts for both children and adults. These distinctive red t-shirts with the Pack 99 seal are great t-shirts to wear for outdoor, messy activities and on field trips where official Scout uniforms are not required. We encourage family members to buy t-shirts too support the pack. Class "B" t-shirts are usually sold during the fall months at the Pack meetings.
How We Communicate
Our main method of communication with parents is via email. Pack and Den leaders use the members-only, secure ScoutTrack system. It is very important that parents supply good email addresses and pay attention to messages. ScoutTrack is available to all parents who include their email on a youth or adult registration form. The ScoutTrack system maintains the pack and den rosters, address book, announcements, and calendar. It is also the source of record for logging a Scout's achievements and activities.
We use SignUp Genius to manage signup forms and event RSVPs throughout the year. The links to the SignUp Genius forms are inside ScoutTrack's calendar and included in ScoutTrack's calendar reminders. For security purposes, the SignUp Genius forms are not published publicly online.
Cub Scout Ranks and Meeting Structure
What are all the ranks?
Pack 99 is divided into smaller groups by grade-level called dens. We have one den per grade. Advancement to the next rank usually occurs at the end of the school year.
- First grade - Tiger
- Second grade - Wolf
- Third grade - Bear
- Fourth grade - Webelos
- Fifth grade - Arrow of Light
How often do Pack 99 Cub Scouts meet?
Cub Scouts meet 3 times a month. This includes their own Cub rank’s den meetings (twice monthly; typically 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the STM Scout House) and an all-rank pack meeting (monthly; 7:00-8:30 p.m. in STM’s Prinster Hall). The master calendar is published at the beginning of the summer with all the meetings and major activities.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR Incoming TigerS (1st grade)
Boys who have have finished kindergarten by June 1 are eligible to become Tiger Scouts. We need 1 to 3 parents to volunteer as den leader and assistants for the new Tiger den of incoming first graders. The time commitment is about 4-8 hours per month. This is a great way to get involved and meet other parents.
Brand new Tigers must complete the youth application AND his parent must complete the adult application.
Can I drop off my Scout at the Den Meetings?
We highly encourage parents to stay and help with the activities. Tigers (1st graders) must be supervised by a Tiger Adult Partner (e.g. parent, grandparent, or older sibling) at all meetings and activities.
Can siblings (brothers and sisters) attend meetings? How about other events and campouts?
Yes! Cub scouting is a whole-family activity.
Cub Scouts Learning Library: the Boy Scouts of America's on-demand library for adult leaders, volunteers, and parents
Cub Scouts on BSA site: Official site on the Boy Scouts of America website
Purposes and Methods of Cub Scouting: why scouting?
How Cub Scouting Works - Advancement Trail: explains how Scouts advance from rank to rank
Sam Houston Area Council: Official site. There are four regions in the Boy Scouts of America, each headed by a regional president. Each region has geographical clusters of councils called areas. Areas are administrative units that provide direct service to local councils.
Resources for Cub Scout Leaders
Cub Scout Leader Training: register for training sessions for Den Leader, Pack Committee, Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster
Youth Protection Training (YPT): is required for all new registered leaders (den leaders, pack, committee, and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. Parents are also strongly encouraged to take this free online course by Boy Scouts of America. New registrants must first create an online account.