What Does It Cost to Join? Scout registration is $280 per Scout per year. $100 of this amount is paid in dues and Scouts have the option to use fundraising to raise the remaining $180. Cub Scouts have fundraising goals to help encourage them to pay their own way. Fundraising also helps offset the need for additional dues.
What Do the Costs Include? Our budget approach is designed to cover most Scout expenses for 9 months of activity (September through May) with the assistance of parent volunteers:
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What are the Uniform Requirements? We require our Cub Scouts to wear the official uniform (Class A) to Pack meetings and at most public events. Click here to see the full uniform components. The official uniform includes following:
- Tigers, Wolves, and Bears must wear the official blue uniform shirt, neckerchief and slide and Hat
- Webelos may wear the khaki official uniform shirt (in lieu of the blue uniform shirt), Webelos neckerchief, slide and hat
- Socks and belts are optional (but there are belt loop awards, so the belt is very handy)
- Navy blue pants, shorts or jeans (the scout is not required to purchase official scouting pants)
- Insignia provided by the Pack: Council Shoulder Patch, Pack 371 Numerals, World Crest Emblem, and Den Numeral
Cub Scouts may wear their red “brag” vest, Pack 371 Cub Scout t-shirt, or sweatshirt (Class B) to Den Meetings or less formal outings such as camping.
What is a Pack? A Pack is a group of Cub Scouts, adult leaders and parents who belong to the same Cub Scout unit. Packs are also aligned to a District and Council. Pack 371 is aligned to the Francis Scott Key District within the National Capital Area Council. A pack generally draws its membership primarily from an elementary school, church or community that is associated with the pack’s Chartered Organization and Community. We draw our membership primarily from Spring Ridge Elementary School, however we have members from many other local Frederick schools well. Each pack is made up of one or more (each) Lion (Kindergarten), Tiger Cub (grade 1), Wolf (grade 2), Bear (grade 3), Webelos (grade 4) and Arrow of Light (grade 5) dens.
What is a Den? A den is a small group of children of the same grade level. First graders are Tiger Dens, Second graders are Wolf Dens, Third graders are Bear Dens, Fourth graders are Webelos Dens, and Fifth graders are advanced Webelos or Arrow of Light Dens. Each den meets up to 3 times per month to work on achievements and other activities. The den is led by adult Den Leaders and Assistant Den Leaders who are responsible for planning and conducting each den meeting. Our Dens generally meet on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Mondays at 6:30pm at Spring Ridge Elementary School in the Cafeteria.
What are Pack Meetings? Pack meetings occur monthly and usually feature a short program followed by Scout awards and recognition for achievements completed during Den meetings. Pack meetings are generally held monthly on the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30pm from September through May. Pack 371 normally meets at Spring Ridge Elementary School in the Cafeteria.
What is a Chartered Organization? A Chartered Organization is the sponsoring organization for a Cub Scout pack, usually a church, PTA, homeowners’ association or other community group. Each year, the pack must renew its Charter with its local council. The Chartered Organization must approve the rechartering application in order for the Charter to be renewed.
Who Runs the Pack? The pack is run entirely by volunteers. We are always looking for additional volunteers who would like to help out. Here are some sample volunteer roles:
- The Pack Committee consists of the Committee Chairperson, Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmasters, and Treasurer. The Committee develops budgets, approves expenses, arranges for facilities, and conducts overall planning
- The Den Leaders and Assistant Den Leaders are most directly involved with the Cub Scouts. Dens generally meet 3 times a month
- An adult member from each Cub Scout household is expected to participate in a volunteer position or serve on a committee
In addition to Pack Committee and Den Leader positions, Pack 371 generally tries to fill several volunteer positions (e.g., Fundraising Coordinators, Outdoor Events Coordinators) and have several committees (e.g., Blue and Gold Banquet, Pinewood Derby, and Scouting for Food). Lend your skills and make our Pack more fun for the Scouts!