Cub Scouting is FUN with a purpose! The goals of scouting are to develop skills, lifetime values, physical fitness, cooperation and leadership in boys. All activities are designed to be both fun and educational. When your son joins Cub Scouts he will begin learning new skills and experiencing new adventures. He will develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship, sportsmanship and independence, while learning to do his best.
Pack 54 and its families help Cubs develop these skills and values through a variety of fun activities such as:
- Pinewood Derby
- Skits and Songs
- Ice Skating
- Scouting for Food Drive
- Scout Olympics
- Raingutter Regatta
- Service projects
- A's & Giants Games
- Sharks & Warriors games
. . . and much more!
For more information about Cub Scouting in general, visit http://www.scouting.org/CubScouts/parents/.
Pack 54 is a non-discriminatory unit. We accept boys and adult leaders regardless of ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or any other status prohibited by applicable law. Financial aid is available upon request and demonstrated need.
Pack 54 is part of the Aklan District of the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). We are chartered by the Moraga Lion's Club. The pack operates as a co-op and depends upon parent volunteers to provide a high quality scouting program. The pack and den leaders are parents of current Cub Scouts who are registered and trained as leaders by the BSA. All pack families are expected to help out with at least one pack event or administrative task during the year.
The pack is made up of boys ages 7-10 (grades 1 through 5). Most of our scouts attend Camino Pablo Elementary School, but we do have and accept boys who attend other schools in the surrounding area.
The pack is divided into smaller groups of 6 to 10 boys (sometimes more) called dens. Each den is organized by school grade level. The den allows boys to get to know each other better and engage in age-appropriate activities that would be difficult in the larger pack setting. Each year, the scouts in a den will work towards earning their current rank. The ranks for each grade level are as follows:
First Grade - Tiger
Second Grade - Wolf
Third Grade - Bear
Fourth Grade - Webelos I
Fifth Grade - Webelos II
At Pack 54, we are very aware that the typical Moraga family is involved in many different extra-curricular activities during the year. Thus, we have developed our Cub Scout program based on a "1-1-1" approach - one pack meeting per month, one den meeting per month, and one pack activity per month.
During the school year, our pack meets as a whole once a month for one hour to take part in fun group activities, games, skits, songs and to recognize the scouts' recent accomplishments with awards. Pack meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of each month in the Camino Pablo Multi-Use Room starting at 7:00 pm.
Dens typically meet once a month in addition to the pack meeting at a time scheduled by the den leader(s). Den meetings include age-appropriate games, handicrafts, hikes, field trips and other activities that help scouts fulfill the requirements toward their current rank.
In addition to the monthly pack and den meetings, Pack 54 organizes one pack activity each month, such as hiking, camping, service projects, overnighters, biking, etc., for scouts and their parents. Pack events are not mandatory, but experience has shown that those who participate in these activities are more likely to enjoy Cub Scouts and continue in the scouting program.
How old does my son have to be to start in Scouting?
Cub Scouts covers grades 1-5 (ages 7-10), but boys are eligible to join Cub Scouts as soon as they finish Kindergarten.
My son is entering 3rd grade this year, is it too late for him to join now?
No. New scouts can and do join the Pack at any grade level and at any time during the year.
How often do the Cub Scouts meet?Cub Scouts usually gather three times per month. There is a Pack meeting, with all of the boys present, on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the CP Multi-Use Room. Each Den, which is a smaller unit grouped by grade, gets together once a month at a time chosen by the Den parents. Finally, there is a Pack activity each month, such as a hike, overnight, community service day, etc. The boys also have Achievements and Electives to accomplish what they need to complete to earn their badges and pins. These are all listed in their Scout handbooks, and they can work on them on their own pace. For the young boys, most of this is accomplished at the Den meetings, and as they get older they start working on individual activities.
How involved will we have to be as parents?
The first grade boys are called Tiger scouts, and Tigers are required to have a parent present at all meetings and activities. In a typical month, this would be a 2-3 hour time commitment in total. Older boys are not required to have a parent present. In addition, the Pack is organized as a co-op and asks for parents to volunteer to help out as a Den leader or to help organize one of the activities that take place during the year.
Can my son do Cub Scouts and sports at the same time?
Many of the boys play baseball, soccer, basketball, or swim. We are used to planning our events around sports schedules, and if there is a conflict, then so be it. We are not a demanding activity compared to most of the sports leagues.
Will we have to help with fundraising activities during the year?
Our Cub Scouts Pack is able to operate on a modest budget that is covered by the annual dues, so we do not perform fundraising during the year.
How much does Cub Scouting cost?
Our pack's annual dues for 2012-2013 are $135. In addition, each scout will need to purchase his own uniform and rank handbook. The uniform costs approximately $35-40 (but can be worn for a number of years) and the handbook costs about $9. There are also additional costs for certain pack activities such as overnighters, ice skating and sporting events.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Cubmaster at CM@pack54moraga.com.
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