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CUB SCOUT PACK 177- Our Pack is composed of 6 smaller dens each run by a den leader and an assistant den leader. The dens each meet 2 to 3 times per month and the whole pack meets once per month. The Committee Chairperson meets with the committee and the leaders to plan the events for the pack. Scouts and leaders both wear an Official BSA uniform to all events.
PACK NIGHT MEETINGS: Pack night meetings are usually scheduled on the third Friday evening of each month from 6:45-8:30 p.m. at North Patchogue Fire Dept. The entire family is welcome to attend the pack night meeting and support the Cub Scouts in their advancement. The pack night meeting program may include opening and closing ceremonies, recognition of scouts who have earned awards, guest speakers, and presentations of skits or projects by dens. The pack night is lead by the Cubmaster with the help of the Assistant Cubmaster and the Den Leaders.
DEN MEETINGS are generally held two or three times per month. Parents are asked to attend with scouts. Den meetings are planned and run by the den leader with the help of the assistant den leader(s). There must always be two (2) adults present at all meetings and activities. One must be a registered leader who has completed New Leader Essentials, Youth Protection training, and the appropriate positional leader training.Parents are responsible for providing a quiet activity for any siblings.
- Lion dens usually meet two or three times per month. A Lion den leader will work with the Lion adult partners in planning the meetings.
- Tiger dens usually meet two or three times per month. A Tiger Cub den leader and assistant den leader will work with the Tiger Cub adult partners in planning the meetings. All Tiger Cub adult partners will take turns in shared leadership of the meetings. Tigers must meet a minimum of once a month.
- Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den meetings are usually held once a week for about one hour. The den may do some of the achievements as part of their regular meeting; however, most are oriented to be done with the family. The den leader may assign homework as needed to complete the rank requirements by The Blue & Gold Banquet.
BLUE & GOLD BANQUET: The anniversary of boy scouting is in February and is celebrated by Cub scouts everywhere with a Banquet. At this Banquet your scout will receive their rank award, entertain you with a skit and help to celebrate scouting. The B&G Banquet may have a theme and Pack 177 plans our banquet around the family.
PINEWOOD DERBY: Each year in January Pack 177 holds its annual Pinewood derby. Scouts are given a block of wood and 4 wheels to design and create any car they wish.
ALL cars must be surrendered at the official weigh- in.
ALL cars must conform to these specifications;
Width shall not exceed 2-3/4 inches.;
Length shall not exceed 7 inches;
Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces.
EVERY CAR MUST HAVE A NUMBER ON IT.
INVENTION CONVENTION: A scout is resourceful… Pack 177 will put this theory into practice at the invention convention where each den will make something amazing out of our recyclables.
PACK OVERNIGHTER: Each year the Pack 177 planning committee organizes a camp-in where we get to sleep overnight in a museum or other interesting location. This is usually held sometime in the spring. Trips rotate every year so don’t miss it.
FEES AND DUES: Registration fees and Pack Dues for new and continuing scouts are $160, due at the time of application. These fees cover charter registration fees, insurance fees, and a one-year subscription to Scout’s Life. These rest of these funds are allocated by the treasurer and pack committee to cover pack and den expenses but most go toward advancements.
FUNDRAISING: Every Scout will be asked to sell at least $150 worth of popcorn, as part of the Popcorn fundraiser in October. Awards are given for the scouts with the most sales.
There may be other fundraising events planned throughout the year to help offset the cost of advancements and events for the scouts. Family participation is essential to a successful fundraiser.
UNIFORMS:Uniforms may be purchased from the Scout Shop in Medford. Class A Uniforms MUST be worn to all Pack functions including pack night. BSA cub Scout uniform pants or a dark blue pants may be worn with the shirt; however, NO SWEATS. Webelos have the option of wearing the blue or the khaki colored shirt, with either blue or olive colored slacks.. The Pack T-Shirt is considered the class B Uniform. Each Scout should have a handbook. www.sccbsa.org/pages/scout_shop.php
LEADERS AND VOLUNTEERS : Parents are asked to volunteer in some way to help the pack go. There are many small volunteer positions that make a BIG difference.
Registration forms for new leaders can be obtained from council office or from the committee Chair. Training is provided by the BSA for a nominal fee. Leaders must first complete Youth Protection training and then Fast Start Training. This can be done online at www.sccbsa.org. Next, leaders are asked to attend Cub Scout Leader Position Specific either online or at a council sponsored training. The online training is free, the council sponsored training is $10. Leaders meetings are held monthly and are open to all interested parents as well as leaders and committee members.
ROUNDTABLE MEETINGS for the Trailblazer District are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Saxton Middle School. It is strongly recommended all den leaders and members of the pack committee attend this meeting. The information distributed at Roundtable is invaluable to the Den and Pack program.
Den leaders, Cubmasters, and assistants are required to wear the official BSA uniform to all meetings. While the uniform is optional for committee members, the Pack strongly recommends that you consider wearing it as an example for the scouts.