When and where are the meetings?
In a typical month, your Cub Scout will have four meetings: Three Den Meetings and one Pack Meeting.
Den Meeting: Den meetings take place on Monday evenings from 7pm-8pm during the school year, except during school holidays. They are typically held at St Thomas Aquinas, but some Dens may meet elsewhere during the year for special events like hiking or fire station tours, etc. Dens are the grade-specific small groups within the Pack. At each Den Meeting, your Cub Scout will work on the Rank Achievements or other activities planned by his Den Leader.
Pack Meeting: Pack Meetings occur once a month on last Monday of each month (except school holidays). During Pack meetings all of the Dens meet as a unit to celebrate Achievements and Awards followed by a special activity.
Throughout the year we will meet at other times for special events, such as camping, Pinewood Derby, the Blue and Gold banquet, and other special events.
What is the financial commitment?
Annual registration fees cover the national application fees to Scouts BSA, Boy’s Life magazine, rank neckerchief, rank slide, rank handbook, pack t-shirt, and pack hat. Cub Scouts purchase their own uniform, which includes button-down shirt and belt. Uniform pants and socks are available but are optional.
Monthly pack dues are $15 per Cub Scout, with a discount available for siblings and families with registered Pack volunteers. The monthly dues cover patches and achievements, and camping trip costs for each enrolled Cub Scout. We have several optional fundraisers throughout the year which can be applied toward the Cub Scout’s monthly dues. We do not participate in annual popcorn sales as a Pack.
We are committed to delivering the Cub Scout program to all interested boys and financial assistance is available to families.
How are families involved in the Cub Scout program?
One adult member of each family is required to take the annual Youth Protection Program provided by Scouts BSA. This is a free program that takes approximately one hour per year to complete. The adult who is most likely to accompany the Cub Scout to meetings, campouts and events is the most appropriate person to take this training your family.
The Cub Scout journey transitions the scout slowly as they age from a hands-on parent led program to the more boy-led Webelos years, preparing him for the full leadership training of the old Boy Scout Troop program. In Kindergarten, the Lions Den is team-lead by the Lions parents and because of their age, they will need lots of parent support! The fourth and fifth-grade Webelos Dens are a patrol-style more similar to a BSA Troop and the boys practice independence and self-motivation. Throughout the program the boys cover many topics, including nutrition, outdoorsmanship, camping and first aid skills, knife safety, outdoor shooting sports (archery, wrist rockets, and BB-guns), aquatics, and more.
During camping trips and outings, siblings and family members are always welcome. Some of our trips include a NASA campout, Legoland campout, Ft Desoto, and Fort Wilderness. The Webelos Dens each year have a Webelos-only campout in conjunction with our affiliated Boy Scout Troops.
The pack always welcomes registered volunteer leaders to assist with other activities such as fundraising, camping and outings, special events, camping cooking, and more. Our Pack is only as strong as our volunteers and we encourage active family participation.