From September through June, Scouts have two Den (grade-level group) meetings and one all-Pack meeting per month. Scouts may also have one Den or Pack outing per month. Den meetings typically take place on a designated weeknight at Bow High School; Pack meetings are held on a weeknight at the Bow Community Center. Outings may take place on the weekends.
It's important to note that attendance is not required at all events. We're all parents, too, and we understand that conflicts with youth sports and other activities often arise.
What Do Scouts Do?
Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are the activities the boys and girls (and sometimes you) get to do: camping, hiking, racing model cars, going on field trips, or doing projects that help our community and the people who live here. Cub Scouting means "doing." All our activities are designed to have the kids doing something and by "doing" they learn some very valuable life lessons.
Do the Parents Have a Role?
Yes. As a program for the entire family, Cub Scouting can teach your child a wholesome system of values and beliefs while building and strengthening relationships among family members. We expect parents to be involved and help lead activities, especially with the younger parents. For new parents to scouting, we have many experienced leaders who can help you get acquainted with the program.
How Old (or young) Can a Child Be to Join?
Cub Scouting is for boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade, or 5 to 10 years of age. Boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouts, but they are eligible to join the local Scouts BSA Troop.
Boys can join at any of the K-5 grades levels—they don't have to start at the beginning!
How do our Scouts Achieve Their Goals?
Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Many of the activities happen in the den (with the children in their grade) or with the entire pack (with all the grade levels). Our Scouts always have Go-and-See's and plenty of outdoor and indoor activities to help them achieve goals.
What Supplies and Equipment are Needed?
At minimum, each boy in Cub Scouting will need a uniform and a handbook. Each year, the handbook changes, as does the cap and neckerchief, but other uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years. When a Scout enters a Webelos den, he may need to obtain a new uniform if the parents in the den opt for the khaki-and-olive uniform.
How Much Does Cub Scouts Cost?
Because the annual dues are subject to change each year, we don't list the cost on our site. You'll find that it is a reasonable fee, typically less than the participation cost of youth sports. We also don't want the fee to be a deterrent to any family; Pack 75 is able to provide financial assistance for kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to participate. The annual fee covers the national Scouting dues, the Pack dues, the handbook, and a year's subscription to Boy's Life magazine.
In addition to the annual dues, each Scout will need a uniform. The uniform shirt remains the same each year (unless the Webelos den decides to switch from the blue to the khaki); however, the cap and neckerchief change. It's common practice in our Pack for the outgoing den members to donate uniform pieces to the new den members each year, so it's possible that it won't be necessary to purchase these items. Scouts also have the option of purchasing a Pack tee-shirt each year that can be worn in lieu of the uniform during more active events.
The Pack also participates in several optional events each year that have individual participation fees such as a sleepover at the Museum of Science in Boston and summer camp at Camp Carpenter. Financial assistance is available for these events.
What Does the Pack do for Fundraising?
Because the majority of the annual participation dues goes toward the national Scouting membership, it is necessary for the Pack to conduct fundraising to cover our operating expenses. Pack 75 sells popcorn each year as our one and only fundraiser. We ask that each Scout (except kindergarteners and first graders) sign up for two, two-hour time slots at one of our popcorn stands.
Each Scout also has the option to conduct individual popcorn sales. Prizes are awarded for reaching various sales goals.