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Cub Scouting

For general information about the Cub Scouting program follow this link to the BSA About Cub Scouting page.

Registration and Fees

New Scouts must register with the Boy Scouts of America by completing a Youth Application.  Please print and complete a copy of this form and bring it to your first Den or Pack meeting.  A member of the Pack Committee will turn the form in at the Council office.

The annual fee for Cub Scouting is $46.  This fee covers the Boy Scouts of America registration fee ($24), an annual subscription to Boys Life Magazine ($12) and a materials fee for the pack ($10).  Fees for renewing members are collected in October for the following year.

The Pack has only one fund raising activity each year which takes place during September and October.  The Wreath Sales event generates enough money to fund all of the Packs activities for the entire year.

What the Pack Provides for all Cub Scouts

After you register, your son will receive the following items at their first Den or Pack meeting:

  • The Cub Scout Handbook (Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos)
  • Neckerchief and Slide
  • Insignia (patches)
    • Northern Star Council Shoulder Patch
    • Pack Unit Numerals
    • Den Numeral
    • 70 Year Veteran Unit Insignia Bar
    • World Scout Crest Emblem 
  • Class B Red T-Shirt

The Cub Scout Uniform

Families must purchase a Cub Scout shirt for their child.  The short sleeve version is recommended.  This will be more comfortable for the boys during summer activities and can be worn over a long sleeved shirt during cooler months.  If your son is joining the Pack as a Tiger buy a larger uniform that he can grow into; he will be wearing it for three years.  Webelos, 4th and 5th graders, typically wear the khaki uniform as they are preparing for the transition to Boy Scouts.  Cub Scout Uniforms can be found at the following locations:

Pack 285 does not require boys to wear BSA issued pants and caps.  Belts are optional, but become useful when your son earns belt loop awards as part of the Academics and Sports programs.


Den Meetings - Your son will become part of a ‘Den’ of several boys of his own age.  Dens typically meet twice each month during the school year for an hour on weekday evenings.  The parents within a Den will discuss which weeknight works the best for the group at the beginning of the Scouting year in September.  For Tigers (1st grade boys) a parent is required to attend all Den meetings with their child.  Parents are encouraged to attend all meetings through every rank with their boys.  Den meetings are held in the classrooms at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Pack Meetings – The entire Pack meets once each month during the school year.  At Pack meetings the boys will receive awards, play games, learn from guest speakers, and participate in special events like the Pinewood Derby, the Blue and Gold Banquet, and the annual Pack Carnival.  Pizza and punch is available ½ hour before the meeting starts.  Pack meetings are held in the Fellowship Hall at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Pack Committee Meetings – Cub Scouting is run entirely by parent volunteers of boys who are participating in the program.  Members of the Pack Committee include the Committee Chair, Cubmaster, Den Leaders, Pack Secretary, Treasurer, and any Cub Scout parent who is interested in helping to plan and facilitate activities and events for the members of the Pack. The Pack Committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month during the school year in the Gathering room at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

See the Calendar tab for specific meeting times and locations.