New Scout info
Welcome to Pack 156! We’re very happy you’ve chosen to join our Pack. We’ve planned an exciting year ahead, and you and your scout will have some great adventures while learning and advancing through Cub Scouts.
The Leaders of Pack 156 are following a program that has been designed to provide activities where the scouts can do their best and have fun doing it. Through Cub Scouting, scouts can see and learn fun, new things they can’t get anywhere else. Here are just a few of the many things we do in Cub Scouts:
- go camping with campfires and s'mores
- go on nature hikes
- conduct science experiments
- play games
- learn about nutrition
- do arts and crafts
- collect stuff
- visit fire stations and police stations
- learn to safely use a knife
- build Pinewood Derby race cars
- learn about the natural world around us
- help our community with service projects
- lots more!
We play outside and we learn to be good friends. We learn about our duty to God, and we pledge our commitment to help other people. We prepare to move into Boy Scouts and earn our Eagle Rank.
In 2018, Boy Scouts of America opened the Cub Scout program to girls. We have always had a few tag-a-long big sisters and little sisters who participate in our Pack activities alongside the boys, just without a uniform.
We welcome all boys and girls who want to join our Pack, and we wish you every success here. We hope that your experience with us will be challenging, enjoyable, and rewarding. Again welcome!
The Cub Scout Pack 156 Committee
Pack 156 Mission
To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime, by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
To fulfill this mission, the Committee and Leaders of Cub Scout Pack 156 are committed to providing a quality, year-round program of Cub Scouting activities. Special emphasis is placed on Character Development, Physical Fitness, Citizenship and Family.
Purposes of Cub Scouting
The Boy Scouts of America began Cub Scouting more than 75 years ago. The purposes of Cub Scouting state that Parents, Leaders and Organizations work together to achieve the following:
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- Sportsmanship and Fitness
- Family Understanding
- Respectful Relationships
- Personal Achievement
- Friendly Service
- Fun and Adventure
- Preparation for Boy Scouts
Like every effective organization, Cub Scout Packs have a structure. Understanding this structure and how it works will increase your scout's enjoyment of the program (and leave you far less confused!).
Groups of 4 to 8 scouts meet weekly together as a Den. Each den is led by a Den Leader and an Assistant Den Leader. Dens in Pack 156 meet on weeks when we do not have a Pack meeting.
Dens are organized by age groups. We have one or more Dens for each group of Kindergartners (Lions), 1st Graders (Tiger Cubs), 2nd Grades (Wolf), 3rd Graders (Bear), 4th Graders (Webelos - 1st year) and 5th graders (Webelos - 2nd year).
The Pack consists of the Dens and their families. Pack 156 meets monthly and for special activities. The Pack serves as a "parent" organization to the dens and provides direction, program support and maintenance of the budget. The Pack is led by the Cubmaster who must be a trained registered adult volunteer. He or she plans and directs monthly pack meetings and other special activities.
The Pack Committee consists of representatives from each Den and other volunteer adults who manage the pack and its programs. Parents are encouraged to join the committee and attend regular meetings. Meeting dates are shown on the Pack Calendar. All Pack Committee Members must also be trained registered adult volunteers. Along with the Cubmaster, the Pack Committee Chair leads the group in planning and organizing the Pack program. The Committee is also responsible for maintaining Pack funds and planning its budget.
Parent volunteers are always needed! Registration and training are provided by the Pack for those who are interested in helping. If you'd like to help in any capacity, please contact the Pack Committee Chair, the Cubmaster, your scout's Den Leader, or a Pack Committee Member. All types of help are needed - driving for trips, assisting in Den Leader absence, etc. Remember that Cub Scout Packs don't exist without volunteer leadership. Please do your part when asked. And don't wait to be asked!
The Pack Calendar is the current calendar of events for Pack 156. We realize that scouts and families have different needs. We've attempted to plan a program that meets as many needs as possible. Please note that dates are subject to change as we get closer to events. Announcements of special events and calendar updates will come home with the scouts from Den meetings or via email. If you have suggestions for our program, please let a Leader know.
Parents are required to attend monthly Pack Meetings with their Scout. Pack Meetings are a time when awards are given and scouts are recognized for their achievements. It is also a time that you can rejoice in what all the scouts have done.
All Pack Meetings take place at the Capshaw Cafeteria usually in the third week of the month at 6:30 PM. See the calendar for the schedule of meetings. Scouts sit together as Dens with the families sitting behind the Cubs. Each month, a Den is chosen to be the Color Guard for the opening ceremony. All dens will have the opportunity to be Color Guard at least once.
It's not actually a meeting, but rather a show... entertainment for your heart and mind. Lord Baden-Powell (the founder of Scouting) called Scouts, "A Game with a Purpose."
What does it cost?
The cost to join Cub Scouts is very low compared to other youth activities. The Pack pays annual dues per scout to the Boy Scouts of America. We pass this along to each scout during registration or "recharter" in the fall. The Pack also charges a small fee for scouts who attend campouts. Our Pack requires that scouts wear a Class A uniform from the belt up. This means, official scout shirt, belt and neckerchief are required, official scout pants, hat and socks are optional. The cost for the uniform is not covered by the registration fee. You can learn more about the scout uniform here.
Since we don't charge dues, the scouts of Pack 156 are asked to participate in fundraising activities. The Pack has expenses, such as maintaining the Pack trailer, purchasing belt loops, patches, pins and more. All of this is paid for by fundraising. Our usual fundraiser is Popcorn Sales, which we do near the beginning of the school year.
When joining Pack 156, each parent or adult family member agrees to support their scout in the following ways:
1. Get the proper uniform and handbook;
2. Assist in attending weekly Den meeting and monthly Pack meetings;
3. Help scout complete achievements for rank award;
4. Return information forms and permission slips as asked;
5. Support the Den Leader as a resource person or substitute as asked;
6. Agree to serve in some leadership capacity as called upon;
7. Actively support the various committees, events, and outings;
8. Provide input to the Den Leader or Pack leadership with regard to Pack or Den programming.
If we have not directly asked you for help, please step forward and ask! Scouts who make it to the coveted Eagle Rank in Boy Scouts are usually scouts who have had very involved parents guiding them and helping along the way. Not only that, it's fun! If you'd like to help, please speak with your Den Leader.
Once again, welcome to our Pack, and we look forward to getting to know you and your scout in the year ahead.