3. Be prepared for some laughs, learning (shhh!), and amazing times ahead.
Meetings / Events / Activities / Trips
Most meetings take place Monday's at The American Baptist (TAB) Church on Hibbard Rd, in Big Flats. Special events, field trips, outings may occur at other locations and on other days of the week. Camping trips, for example, may take place over a Saturday night at a local BSA camping facility.
Den meetings are the primary place for activities focused on learning different skills. These are advancement activities that meet requirements for a new rank, activity or skill badge. We also take field trips to interesting places (TV stations, fire stations, museums and parks, for example), play games, do craft projects, and occasionally have parties to celebrate Den achievements.
The Dens come together once a month to meet as a Pack. These "themed" Pack Meetings are where the boys will receive the awards and recognition that they worked on over the previous weeks,as well as participate in a fun pack-wide activiy. The award ceremonies can be grand and the cubs are very proud of themselves for their accomplishemnts.
The Pack participates in District and Council sponsored events such as the Push mobile, Winteree, District Pinewood Derby Races and Family Fun Night(s). During the summer, our scouts participate in Scout Day Camp and Resident Camp at Camp Gorton. Our Pack also stays active during the summer months by scheduling one family event in June, July and August.
The Pack participates in several community service efforts and community events each year. Individual dens also perform community service projects that help to fulfill advancement requirements.
Pack 86 has one important fund-raiser. Trails End Popcorn Sales begin in September. As this is our only source of income, each scout is encouraged to sell a certain amount of popcorn. An opt-out fee is required for those who do not sell popcorn. The sales (or opt-out fee) covers the costs of most events and trips throughout the year,
What Makes Our Pack Go?
Boys who want to be Cub Scouts; parents and leaders who want to help them; and a good program. Actually, if you have the first two, you'll have the third.
A successful Pack needs boys who participate and commit to coming to Den and Pack meetings regularly and to working on achievements and activities routinely. Kids who do these things get more out of Scouting and have more fun!
Also, a Pack must have adult leaders - that's the law, and it's a requirement of the Boy Scouts of America. In fact, you have to have two registered and trained leaders for each Den. Six more registered adult leaders are needed to make the Pack work: Cubmaster; Assistant Cubmaster; Committee Chair; Pack Treasurer; Advancement Chair and Secretary. We also need plenty of parent volunteers to help organize and chair special events and serve as committee members.
What Are Some of the Roles in a Cub Scout Pack?
Cubmaster - plans and runs the Pack Meetings and helps handle Pack affairs
Assistant Cubmaster - helps the Cubmaster and fills in for him or her in their absence Committee Chair - chairs the monthly Pack Committee meetings where important policies and programs are planned and developed. Treasurer - keeps track of Pack finances and reports financial status to the committee Secretary - keeps and sends out meeting minutes and other pack communications Advancement Chair - keeps track of achievements reported by the Den Leaders and buys the advancements
Den Leader - works directly with scouts and parents; plans and conducts Den Meetings; provides opportunities for advancement and reports advancement to Advancement Chair Parent Volunteers - many opportunities exist for parents to help the Pack. Some include committee member, Popcorn Sale Chair; Snack Coordinator; Training Chair; Pushmobile Coordinator; Winteree Coordinator; Mall SleepOver Coordinator; Spring Picnic Coordinator; Song Leader and more. Each event needs a small committee to ensure success!
Why did we join?
To encourage our boys to…
”Learn skills for leadership & responsibility"
”Have fun outdoors”
”Learn the importance of character and what it means to be honest and loyal"
...and for the parents
”Spend quality time with my son"
”Give back to the community"
What are we getting out of it?
all that & so MUCH more!
Email our Cub Master for more information or how to join Pack 86