Our local-area Cub Scout unit is Pack 742. We belong to the Timberline District of the Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. We are proud to be one of the largest Packs in our state!
Why Cub Scouting?
Parents of young boys face a lot of choices in extracurricular activities. Boys want to have fun, while parents want them to learn positive values and skills that will last a lifetime. If your son is about to enter first through fifth grade, Cub Scouting may be exactly what you are both looking for.
What do Cub Scouts do?
Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to keep the boys active while achieving the aims of Scouting – citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.
Many of the activities happen right in the den and pack meetings. Generally, there is one den and one pack meeting per month. In the summer, the schedule is more relaxed.
Den Meetings are where your son will meet with a small group of boys in his grade. Dens are formed at the beginning of the school year. The den activities are focused on achieving the “rank” of that den and require learning new skills, completing craft projects, doing community service, and more.
Some other fun events during the year range from Pinewood Derby, to Blue & Gold Banquet, to our neighborhood food drive.
What are the benefits of Scouting?
There is a reason for everything boys do in Cub Scouting. Apart from the fun and excitement, the aim of Cub Scouting is to help boys grow into good citizens who are strong in character and personally fit. This is why we say that Cub Scouting is “fun with a purpose”. Cub Scouting …
Develops character and encourages spiritual growth
Reinforces habits of good citizenship
Encourages good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body
Improves understanding within the family
Strengthens the ability to get along with other boys and respect for other people
Fosters a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills
Teaches boys to be helpful and to do one’s best
Provides fun and exciting new activities
Prepares boys to become Boy Scouts
Teaches respect for nature and America’s natural resources
How much time will all this take?
Cub scouting is family-centered and succeeds because parents get involved. Cub Scouting is not a “drop off” activity.
All scouts attend monthly pack meetings (usually 3rd Thursday of the month, for about an hour), individual den meetings (typically 1 per month) and periodic service projects, field trips and other activities.
For first grade Cub Scouts (Tigers), a parent will need to attend all Tiger activities, including pack and den meetings.
Each boy will also require a parent’s time at home to help him advance through the rank on which he is currently working.
We ask that parents also consider volunteering time to benefit the den and/or pack. Please note the pack does not provide den leaders but instead provide leader training for interested parents.
How can I get involved in our Pack besides being a den leader or assistant den leader?
Each month our Pack leaders get together to discuss and make decisions on upcoming events. This group is not only comprised of den leaders, but also Pack Committee members … Cubmaster, Committee Chair, Pack Trainer, Advancements Chair and Treasurer. Keep in mind all these positions are volunteer-based, and turn over as cubs graduate on to Boy Scouts. There is plenty of room to get involved at all levels!
How much will it cost?
Cub Scouting is one of the least expensive activities around, when compared to children’s sports, music lessons, clubs and other activities. This is because at a pack level, it’s an all-volunteer organization. Any money you give to the pack goes directly to support our Scouts.
Cub Scout registration is approximately $50 and this is paid when a Scout joins. You can also expect annual dues of $50-60 to be collected annually (January). Most of the money goes to the Boy Scouts of America to help the organization continue to develop programs for boys and to cover insurance costs. Our pack collects the initial registration fee to pay for awards and other recognition that the boys achieve. Class A uniforms cost approximately $50 per scout for the shirt, hat and belt. Our pack provides a rank neckerchief, slide and book (included in registration fee).
We also ask that all pack families participate in our annual fundraiser of popcorn sales. The money raised through this fundraiser pays pack expenses and helps keep our fees low.
When can my son join?
Our Pack hosts a Join Night a few weeks after school starts (information will be sent home in school folders). At this time, new dens with leaders will be formed. Scouts can join any time during the year, so if your son is not ready at the start of the school year, there is plenty of time to join later on.
Does my son have to be in first grade to join Cub Scouts?
No. Your son can join any time from first through fifth grades. Also, the rank of Cub Scout is not required to become a Boy Scout (which starts in 6th grade).