About

Join the Cub Scouts and have fun while learning.
 
The Mission:
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.
 
The Pack:
A Cub Scout Pack is made up of Dens, or smaller groups of boys all of the same age and/or grade level. The Dens are identified by rank:
  • Tigers - First Grade (or age 7)
  • Wolves - Second Grade (or age 8)
  • Bears - Third Grade (or age 9)
  • Webelos I - Fourth Grade (or age 10)
  • Webelos II - Fifth Grade
Although many boys start as Tigers, they can join at any time. Dens meet 2-3 times per month as a group, to work on projects toward their rank, to prepare something for the Pack meeting, to work toward earning elective awards, or any other activity they like. Den meetings normally occur at our chartered organization, Salem United Methodist Church, 1647 Salem Rd. in Benton. Sometimes meetings are also scheduled and take place elsewhere in the form of field trips.

Once per month during the school year (September to June), all the Dens meet together as a Pack. The Cubmaster leads the Pack Meeting, which has been planned and organized with the help of the Pack Committee. The Pack Committee consists of all the Den Leaders, plus other adults who help run things "behind the scenes" for the Pack. Pack meetings often follow a theme, and are usually held at Springhill Elementary School, 2716 Northlake Rd, Alexander, AR 72002; although, sometimes they are held at other locations.

The Pack also organizes activities outside of den and pack meetings, usually about one every 1-2 months. These activities provide the Cub Scouts with an Outdoor Program that consists of a Hiking Program, Pack Overnighters, and Webelos Scout-and-parent overnighters.

  • Pack Overnighters allow for the individual pack to hold overnight campouts for their families.  In most cases, each Scout will camp with a parent or guardian. Every young camper is responsible to a specific adult.
  • Webelos Overnighters introduce the boy and his parent to the camping program, under the leadership of the Webelos den leader. In most cases, the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of his father or mother.
  • Joint Webelos den-troop campouts are encouraged for dens of fifth-grade Webelos Scouts with their parents to strengthen ties between the pack and troop. These joint campouts should not be at Boy Scout-based events such as camporees. Webelos dens are encouraged to have several overnighters a year.

Boys "graduate" to the next rank level in June. They have a rank badge that they work to achieve that is specific to each rank. We generally try to help boys to finish all the requirements for their rank badge by February, when we hold our Blue and Gold Banquet. However, they have until June to finish any awards for their rank. Although each boy only works on the rank for his age group in a given year, any boy who has just joined Cub Scouting must first earn a Bobcat award before he can be awarded his rank for that year.

During the summer months, we have at least one Pack activity each month, although Den and Pack meetings are suspended for the summer. Usually in July, we have a day event, such as a hike or a fishing derby, and in August, we have a camping trip or an overnight
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You're Invited!
Join Us for a Regularly Scheduled Den or Pack Meeting.  

Please contact the Pack Committee Chair at chair.pack082@gmail.com.



Den Meetings typically held on Tuesday nights starting at 6:30 pm. during school calendar year at: 

Salem United Methodist Church
1647 Salem Road, Benton, AR 72019