Frequently Asked Questions


How Much Does It Cost?
New Scouts Only: $22 or $34 with Boys Life Magazine subscription.

Scouts pay their yearly dues ($50) in December (which will cover the upcoming year). However since new scouts coming in start in August, we will prorate this cost to $22 at the time of sign up ($34 if you opt to subscribe to Boys Life Magazine) which will cover costs for the rest of the current year.

Yearly Dues Breakdown:
  • Council Fee - $26
  • Pack Fee - $24
  • Boys Life Magazine $12 (Optional but recommended)

What Do I Need to Purchase?
New Scouts (non-Lions):
  • Class “A” shirt.
  • Neckerchief slide (Pack provides the Neckerchief)
  • Patches (Council Strip, World Crest, Den #, Pack # [200])
  • Handbook for your son’s level (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos)
  • Cub Scout Belt (For the advancement belt loops scouts earn)

Returing Scouts:
  • Handbook for your son’s level

Lions:
  • Lion Youth Uniform T-Shirt - $9.99
  • Lion Kit - $9.99, Inlcudes:
    • Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook (for Adults)
    • Lion Adventure Book (for youth)
    • Sheet of Lion Stickers (for youth)

What Does My Scout Need to Wear?
Scouts are expected to wear Class “A” uniforms to ALL meetings and outings. There are occasions when a class “B” uniform is appropriate and your den leader can guide you on that. A Class "A" uniform consists of the blue (or tan for Webelos) official uniform shirt along with the blue scout belt and the rank appropriate neckerchief. We do not require special pants or shorts. Caps and any other Cub Scout related wardrobe is optional. A Class “B” is simply a Cub Scout t-shirt.

Where can I purchase all the things I need for Cub Scouts?
Uniforms, books, and other scouting supplies can be purchased at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) store in Springfield.

Address:
Hours of operation:
Monday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Sunday: Closed

Phone: (417) 883-1636

What is Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting is fun! No matter what grade your son or daughter is in, first through fifth, it can be a blast. Does he like to learn by doing? This is just the place. He can learn to tie knots, set up a tent, or shoot a bow and arrow (archery). Has he ever cooked a meal on a campfire? Sent a secret code to a buddy? Built a birdhouse? Hiked? He can Earn rewards for doing these things in Cub Scouts.

Cub Scouts Belong to Packs and Dens
As a Cub Scout, your son will be part of a pack. The pack is divided into smaller groups called dens. Each den has about six to eight boys or girls of the same age split apart by sex. All of the Cub Scouts in his den will be in the same grade and may even go to the same school. The Cub Scout pack belongs to a church, a school, or some other group of people in your community or neighborhood. This group makes sure your pack has good adult leaders, a place to meet, and exciting things to do. The group gets help from the Boy Scouts of America, which is part of Scouting around the world.


Cub Scouts Do Things and Go Places
Has you son visited a police station and talked to the policemen on duty? Or visited the fire station and sat in the driver's seat of the pumper truck? Or visited the local TV station and sat in the news anchor's chair? These are some of the places your sone might go with his den or pack. He might also build a pinewood derby car and race it on the track, build a sailboat or trimaran and race it in the raingutter regatta, or build a spaceship and race it to the stars in the pack space derby.


Cub Scouts Earn Awards
Each time your son completes an accomplishment or learns a new skill, he will be rewarded. Sometimes the reward is a loop for your belt, a pin, or a patch. Sometimes it is a smile on your face to see him grow and learn.


What is the Local Council?
The BSA local council is a nonprofit corporation whom supports each individual BSA Scout in a specific region (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, etc.) Their voting membership may include active members at large and the chartered organization representatives of the units it serves. The council does not provide service directly to individual Scouts. Rather, it offers a program to chartered organizations that operate Scout Units, providing a number of common resources for all units in a specific geographic area. Our council, The Ozark Trails Council #306, divides their territory into districts, which provide direct-to-unit service to a smaller number of units.

What is a District?
A District is a geographic within the Local Council. Our District is the Pathfinder District.

What is a Pack?
A Pack is a sub-unit of the District, usually designated by school districts. It is made-up of Cub Scouts, Parents, Den Leaders, Committee Members and the Cub Master that gather monthly at a pack meeting. The meetings usually follow a suggested theme, and it's a time for scouts to be recognized for their accomplishments during the month, to perform skits and songs they have learned in den meeting, and to have fun with the entire family. Our Pack is Pack 200.

What is a Den?
A Den is a sub-unit of the Pack. It is a group of about six to eight boys or girls split up by sex. Typically, a den will be comprised of boys unless there are enough girls to start a girls den. Dens are not co-ed. Dens meet several times a month between den meetings and pack meetings. The Scouts in a Den are usually all at the same grade level and advance through all the ranks together. The Den structure allows scouts to build relationships with leaders and other scouts.

What is Rank Advancement?
Rank advancement is the process by which a scout progresses from badge to badge, learning new skills as he goes. The Cub Scout advancement program is designed to encourage the natural interests of boys and girls. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting (Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light) has its own requirements. As a Scout advances through the ranks, requirements get progressively more challenging, matching the increased skills and abilities of boys and girls as they grow older.

What is a Scout Account?
Each Cub Scout has his own account that is managed by our pack treasurer. This account is primarily funded by the proceeds of fundraising. Funds from this account may only be dispersed for the purpose of scouting events such as camp costs and pack dues.

How long does Cub Scouts last?
Cub Scouts start at the kindergarten level (Lions) and run all the way through to the fifth grade (Arrows). It is designed to be a year round program. Starting on June 1st and ending on May 30th. However, Pack and Den meetings only meet dring the school year with camping, picnics, raingutter regatta, and other events occuring during the summer months. The rank your son enter's into Cub Scouts depends on what grade level he will be entering into school after May 30th, or what age he will be by September 30th.

What is Scoutbook?
This is an online program that contains all of your scout’s advancement progress. We would advise becoming fairly familiar with this unique site. Not only does it track your scout’s progress but it also has a great deal of other information including references, BSA news, scouting videos, etc. Once your son is registered with cub scouts, he will be added by a committee member.

What was the Lion Pilot program?
The Lion pilot was a Boy Scouts of America program introducing kindergarten-age boys and their families to the fun of Scouting. A limited number of councils participated in the program. Our Council, The Ozark Trails Council, fully supported the pilot program. However, becuase it was a pilot program, Packs were not obligated to participate. Pack 200 was an early adopter and started a Lion den for the 2017-18 Scout year. The Lion Pilot program became official for the 2018-19 Scout year and is no loner in pilot phase.

How does the incoporation of girls into Boys Scouts work?
Boys and girls are grouped together by age and grade level. This is refered to as the Den level. The current structre of Dens will not change. Dens will not have to start incoporation girls into their all-boy dens. Instead, girls will form their own Den. Their will be no co-ed Dens. Although a lot of girls want to be in Cub Scouts, there has to be enough girls of the same age / grade level to form a Den. So, as girls are gradually incoporated into Boy Scouting, all-girl Dens will gradually form.

Other Useful Information
Health Forms:
BSA policy requires that we have updated health forms on all Scouts and their parents on file. This is a three-part form (A, B, & C) and will need to be completed ASAP due to the fact that we must have these present on all camp out events (and we do a lot of camping!). If your son has an up-coming check-up with his doctor, be sure to bring form C with you as this will need to be signed by your son’s doctor.

Training:
All adult members (registered or not) are required to complete Youth Protection training. This training creates a safe environment for all and provides strategies for personal safety awareness for youth as well as adults. Certification is every 2 years. Training can be completed at: www.scouting.org

Pack 200 Facebook Page:
This is a closed Facebook page for the members of Pack 200 only. We share announcements, ideas, pictures, and any other scout related things here. We are pretty restrictive as to who is allowed to join. This is for the safety and privacy of our Cub Scouts. A scout’s parent or guardian is welcome to join, however we won’t admit extended family such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc., unless they are somewhat active with the Pack. If you have questions about having someone added to this page besides yourself (parent), then please talk with your den leader.