Pack Meeting: Usually 4th Thursday

Prospective-Scouts

Pack 447 welcomes parents and their sons who are interested in joining a cub scout group.  Cub scouts are open to boys in the 1st through 5th grade (or ages 6/7-9/10).Scouting is a family activity with parent volunteers run the pack and its dens.  Since 1971, Pack 447 has been offering our boys the opportunity to enjoy scouting activities and the tresure trove of nature around us.

The Cub Scout Program

Since its beginning, the Cub Scout program has been a fun and educational experience concerned with values. Besides providing a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities, Cub Scouting focuses on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills, and
developing a spirit of community service.

Frequently Asked Questions: Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Cub Scout program.

History of Cub Scouting: Here is a brief overview of the history of the Cub Scout program, from its origins in 1930 to the present day.

Purposes and Methods of Cub Scouting: All the activities leaders plan and boys enjoy relate to one or more of the purposes of Cub Scouting, using the seven specific methods to achieve Scouting's aims.

The Benefits of Cub Scouting: As a worldwide brotherhood, Scouting is a movement dedicated to bringing out the best in people. All Scouting activities benefit the growth and development of boys.

Character Development: Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were...

Family Activities: As a program for the entire family, Cub Scouting can help families teach their children a wholesome system of values and beliefs while building and strengthening relationships among family members.

Your role as a parent: Cub Scouting helps parents and sons grow closer, and your involvement as a parent of a Cub Scout is vital.

Pack 447 Meetings Schedule

During the school year, our meetings take place every Third Thursday of the Month at Gomes Multi Purpose Room (MPR). Meetings start promptly at 7:30 PM and end by 8:30 PM. In some cases, for activities like Pinewood Derby car race etc, the meetings start around 6:30 PM.  
 
Den meetings in the 2010-2011 school year will usually take place at the Den's alloted place. Each den selects a house of a cub scout or a common place to meet once a month.  Beginning in July 2010, Pack Meetings, which include boys from all the dens and their families, take place on the third Thursday of each month at Gomes Elementary School. Pack meetings occur through the school year. Typically, the boys will attend one pack meetings a month during the school year. 

Pack 447 usually plans events during the summer, but has no regular den meetings, and no Pack meeting in June.


Activities

Pack 447 schedules a variety of activities throughout the year, typically at least one per month.  There is no requirement to attend any particular activity, but they are the core of what makes Cub Scouts fun.  Here are some of the activities we take part in:

  • Scouting for Food, can food drive
  • Pinewood Derby (a scouting tradition where the boys and their parents build and race wooden cars)
  • Blue and Gold Banquet (celebrating the birth of scouting in the US)
  • Summer Camp
  • Summer Beach Trip
  • Day hikes
  • Marching in the 4 of July Parade
  • Popcorn Sales events

Costs

Pack 447 is a volunteer led group, most of the pack revenue comes from fund raising; like our annual Halloween fund raiser, Trails-End Popcorn sales and other activities.

Annual Pack membership dues for 2010-2011

            $100 for Cubs  
This amount covers the council fees, Pack T-shirt, the cost of all awards, insurance for registered members on Pack outings, as well as the cost of some activities. 

No boy is turned away: Every boy is entitled to the same scouting experience regardless of a families ability to pay. A scholarship fund has been established for families facing a financial hardship. For more information, contact the Cubmaster or the Committee Chair
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Uniforms

The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. Its uniforms help to create a sense of belonging. They symbolize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Wearing a uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification and commitment.

  • Personal equality - The uniform represents a democratic idea of equality, bringing people of different backgrounds together in the Scouting tradition.
  • Identification - The uniform identifies youth and adult members of the Boy Scouts of America, visible as a force for good in the community. When properly and smartly worn, the uniform can build good unit spirit.
  • Achievement - The uniform shows the wearer's activity, responsibility, and achievement. The accomplishments of every youth and adult member can be recognized by the insignia worn on the uniform.
  • Personal commitment - The uniform is a constant reminder to all members of their commitment to the ideals and purpose of the Scouting movement. It is a way of making visible members' commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country, and helping others at all times.
Pack 447 requires uniforms only from the waist up at all regular pack meetings, den meetings, council events, and occasionally at outings.  The uniform consists of the official Cub Scout shirt, belt, neckerchief, slide, and hat.  Solid blue color jeans that compliment the uniform should be worn, or you may purchase the optional official Cub Scout uniform camp pants .  Camouflage style pants are strongly discouraged by the Boy Scouts of America, we are not a military organization.  For most outings appropriate clothing and the Pack 447 T-shirt is all that is required. 

Uniforms can be purchased at the South Bay Scout Shop at the council office, their staff can assist you in determining what you need.  You can also purchase uniforms online from www.scoutstuff.org. Scouts who for reasons beyond their control are unable to purchase a new uniform are requested to contact the committee chair or the cub master or the assistant cubmaster to get their uniforms.

Membership

Pack 447 draws from a number of schools in the area, including Gomes, Chadbourne and Parkmont, but will gladly accept any boy who is interested due to scheduling or other reasons.  Boys may join year-round, although we generally recruit during the start and end of the school year.  To join download your youth application here or contact the Cubmaster or Committee Chair for more information.

Becoming a leader

Cub Scouts is not possible without the help of adult leaders.  The biggest reason people don't become leaders is they are unfamiliar with the program.  Well most of your current leaders were in the same position when they volunteered.  But they chose to help provide a quality program for their sons.  Will you simply provide transportation for your son and allow others to provide a program for him?  Or will you be an active participant in some of the best times you son will ever have?

The new Cub Scout 2010 program promises to make training better, easier, and more accessible.   Every family should find a way to help the pack.  There are uniformed leadership positions, behind the scenes chairs of different sub committees as well as simply serving on the committee or a sub committee. 
Let the Cubmaster or Committee Chair know if you are interested in helping out.  They can pair your interests and expertise with the pack needs.

Other Packs

There are a number of other packs in the area available to join if our schedule doesn't work for you.  Go to <URL> to find other units in your area.

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