More about Cub Scouts...
Questions about meeting times? Fees? Fundraising? Uniform? ... Read on!
Den Meetings - Your son or daughter will become part of a ‘Den’ of several children of the same 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 Lions (Kindergarten) and Tigers (1st grade) a parent is required to attend all Den meetings with their child. Parents are encouraged to attend all meetings through every rank with their scout. 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 scouts will receive awards, play games, learn from guest speakers, and participate in special events like the Pinewood Derby and the Blue and Gold Banquet. 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 students 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.
Registration, Fees and Fundraising
New Scouts must register with the Boy Scouts of America by completing a Youth Application online at joincubs.org. Please be sure to select pack 3285 (St. John's of Mound) when registering.
The annual cost for Cub Scouting is $180. This fee covers the Boy Scouts of America registration. Some pack activities and outings may require additional fees (e.g. a fee may be collected when attending a campout to cover the cost of food, supplies, etc.). Fees for renewing members are collected in July/August for the upcoming academic 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 scout 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
Northern Star Council Shoulder Patch
Pack Unit Numerals
World Scout Crest Emblem
Class B T-Shirt
The Cub Scout Uniform
Families must purchase a Cub Scout shirt for their scout. The short sleeve version is recommended. This will be more comfortable for the child during summer activities and can be worn over a long sleeved shirt during cooler months. If your scout is joining the Pack as a Lion or Tiger buy a larger uniform that he or she can grow into; it will be worn for three years. Webelos (4th and 5th graders) typically wear the tan uniform as they are preparing for the transition to Boy Scouts. Cub Scout uniforms can be found at your local Scout Shop or at Scoutstuff.org – The Boy Scouts of America Online Store.
Pack 285 does not require boys to wear BSA issued pants and caps. Belts are optional but recommended. Belts become useful when your scout earns belt loop awards as part of the Academics and Sports programs.
Questions about Cub Scouting in General?
For general information about the Cub Scouting program follow this link to the BSA About Cub Scouting page.
Still have Unanswered Questions?
Please call or email Cubmaster Andrew 651-249-6339