We are excited about our Cub Scout Pack 85 program. We plan to have a lot of fun this year, while benefiting from the character-building values of Scouting.
Cub Scout Pack 85 is chartered by St. Mary Mystical Rose Parish and Scouting BSA.
The general goal of the Cub Scouting Program is to encourage citizenship, character development, personal fitness and spiritual growth for youths in grade K through 5. The kids are organized into dens by grades. Once a month, the dens and their families gather together at the Pack Meeting, where scouts are recognized for their achievements and badges they have earned throughout the month. The pack and their families also participate in special events throughout the year which include: Pinewood Derby, Camping, Nature Hikes, Sporting Events, Fishing Derbies, Pancake Breakfast, Community Service Projects and lots more…
If you are a youngster in kindergarten through fifth grade—or you're 6 to 11 years old, whichever comes first—then Cub Scouting is for you, and for your family too! This is the first stage of the Scouting programs from the Boy Scouts of America.
Cub Scouts Do Things and Go Places
Cub Scouting means "doing." You have lots to do as a Cub Scout—crafts, games, sports, songs, stories, and puzzles, to name just a few. Much of the fun happens right in the den and pack. Each den usually meets two - three weeks a month, and the pack meets once a month all year long. At den meetings and pack meetings, Cub Scouts do activities that they learn from while having fun.
Cub Scouts also go to events like the annual Blue and Gold banquet, field contests, and derbies such as the Pinewood Derby. They also go on field trips, camping trips and many other types of outdoor adventures and community events. Cub Scouts do all sorts of exciting stuff! Whatever it is that you enjoy, you'll have a chance to do it in Cub Scouting.
Cub Scouts Earn Awards
While you're having fun, you'll also be earning badges and awards. You'll work on projects with your parents or other adults in your family, all of which will make you will feel good about the things you accomplish. When you have earned a badge, you and an adult member of your family take part in a ceremony. The badge is given to the adult, and he or she then gives it to you in front of the whole pack. This is a way of saying "thank you"to your family for their help in earning your award.
We try to keep our outing costs as low as possible, so we can afford to do more fun activities. **Please refer to the Pack Fee tab for additional information.
The uniform is an important aspect of Scouting. Cub Scouts in the Lion rank wear a blue t-shirt with Lion emblem, Tiger through Bear wear the blue uniform shirt while Webelos wear the tan uniform. All wear a belt, and a neckerchief with slide for their rank. Recommended Tip: Buy a buttoned uniform shirt with “room to grow”, and short sleeves for year-round comfort (you can wear layers underneath).
Once we settle on a new design, all registered scouts can order pack t-shirts (class B uniform) at the pack meetings. These are often worn on informal occasions instead of the uniform such as den and pack outings where full dress isn't necessary, community service projects, hikes, family camp outs etc. Adults are encouraged to get a pack t-shirt too.
The Cub Scout program is family-oriented… not all achievements can be done at the den meetings. Many are designed to be family activities. Parents can sign off on activities that satisfy any requirement in the handbook, even from the summer preceding their rank… we just ask that you “Do Your Best!” There are many opportunities for scouts to earn awards while exploring areas of interest to them. We strive wherever possible to grant immediate recognition… we celebrate and reward a job well done!
Everyone involved in our pack is a volunteer. Therefore we welcome everyone’s input and help.The more involved our families are, the more we can offer our scouts. Please support your den leaders and help them as much as possible, as they are donating their time and effort. There are so many areas where we can use an extra hand… please see any of our pack committee members and leaders if you are able to volunteer in any way, big or small—there’s nothing more rewarding than to make a difference in the life of a child.
For additional information about Cub Scouting of if you have questions please contact:
Kurt Esper (Committee Chair) or Casey Noell (Cubmaster) at ArmadaPack85@gmail.com