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    • Same with our pack.  We explicitly did not have a check-in / check-out program.  Pack did not take responsibility for watching who comes and goes from the event with the cubs.  The pack ran the event.  The pack did not run the attendance.     In many ways, this is because the maturity difference between kindergarten and 5th grade is too big.  There is no way you can month after month create a pack meeting format that serves both groups.  The maturity level is just too big.     ORIGINAL QUESTION ...  Policy would be in Guide To Safe Scouting.   I don't see one.  Closest is in the camping section. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf Page 22 ... "Cub Scout youth should attend the camping event with their parent(s)/ guardian(s). "Lions and Tigers must have their adult partner present to take part.    "For all other ranks: only in exceptional circumstances, a Cub Scout whose parent or legal guardian cannot attend a unit overnight camping trip may participate under the supervision of another registered adult member of the BSA, a parent of a Cub Scout who is also attending. The unit leader and a parent or legal guardian must agree to the arrangement, and all Youth Protection policies apply. At no time may another adult accept responsibility for more than one additional “non family member” youth. "Webelos and Arrow of Light Den Camping: Each Scout should attend with their parent(s) or guardian(s). A Webelos or Arrow of Light Scout whose parent or legal guardian cannot attend a den overnight camping trip may participate under the supervision of at least two registered leaders. The leaders and a parent or legal guardian must agree to the arrangement, and all Youth Protection policies apply."    
    • Candy + Meat Sticks >>>>> (overpriced) popcorn. 
    • A few years back we were running BB range training for our Daycamp staffers. Two police officers were taking the training. They said they got some good natured ribbing when the other officers heard they were going to be 'certified' in BB's. Then, when we went to the range and they got the rifles one said to the other, "hey, these have better sights than our guns."  At any rate, if the council has a policy that a unit with properly trained volunteers and a safe range can do a unit shoot, go for it... Our council has a policy where the camp bb and archery range and equipment can be used. Remember, the equipment must meet the BSA standards too!
    • Tiny dens/packs can pose a problem. Usually the pack meeting should be built around the cubs and the dens rotate doing an opening, skit, song, refreshments, and closing. The advancement chairman takes care of the advancement ceremony (including inducting new cubs and their parents) and the committee chair or CM handles announcements. Once a rotation is in place it all pretty much goes on auto pilot. 
    • I would encourage units to have a uniform bank/exchange where they collect uniforms that kids have outgrown. They are called 'experienced' not 'used'. A uniform can go through multiple cubs before it wears out. Packs can also go with a pack t-shirt. They can be easily made with a silk screen kit or ordered on line or through a local t-shirt design company. Often referred to as 'class B' uniforms it can be an inexpensive way to 'uniform' cubs until perhaps a birthday or Christmas when they get the balance of their uniform. Also, if you have someone that sews, the red vests are a good way to 'uniform' in a manner of speaking and the vest becomes the keepsake so the shirts can be 'recycled' to a new family. 
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