Thank you for your interest in Cub Scouts and for checking out Pack 43. We hope that this information answers your initial questions. If you have remaining questions, please ask one of us (contact info at the bottom of this page).
Boys in 1st grade through 5th grade. We recruit from Sutter Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary, St. Justin’s School, Monticello Academy, Stratford School and their surrounding neighborhoods in Santa Clara. Boys may join at any grade level (1st through 5th), and don’t need to “start at the beginning” since each grade starts a fresh new level/rank. Joining mid-year is not a problem either.
We encourage siblings (boys and girls) to join in on the fun. Bring the whole family and friends to pack meetings when your son has earned an award.
Like all Scout units, Cub Scout Pack 43 is run by parent volunteers. We need individuals to help with activities, be on committees, and to be uniformed leaders. The family of each Scout is required to volunteer to for two jobs. Additionally, the Den Leader will ask that the parents volunteer to help with den activities. This is what makes Pack 43 such a great group - all parents volunteer, and all parents make an effort. Please complete the Parent Talent Survey so we can best match your interest with roles which need to be filled.
Cub Scouts helps to teach values through fun activities which are rewarded through rank advancement. Activities include games, crafts, sports, field trips, hiking, camping, Pinewood Derby, Scout-O-Rama, archery, BB guns, and community service.
Boys are grouped by their grade level into dens of 5 to 10 boys. There is at least one den per grade level, sometimes two if there are enough boys to warrant a split. Boys usually stay with the same den as they change school grades and advance to the next rank level together.
The pack is a collection of all the dens, usually totaling 60 to 70 boys. This interaction allows the boys to see the fun that others are having and the awards they receive along the way.
Annual Pack membership dues for 2014-2015:
$12 for the optional monthly boys’ magazine, Boy’s Life
Pack 43 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, neckerchief, and neckerchief slide. Solid color jeans, pants, or shorts (no holes or cut offs) that compliment the uniform should be worn, or you may purchase the optional official Cub Scout uniform camp pants (long pants that convert to shorts). Camouflage style pants are strongly discouraged by the Boy Scouts of America; we are not a military organization.
~$22 for the uniform shirt. Buy these at the Scout Shop at 970 West Julian Street, San Jose or MerryMart at 33 Washington Street, Santa Clara. Shirt - blue for grades 1 through 3, Khaki for grades 4 & 5.
Optional, but encouraged is a web belt - specific for the rank/grade level
If a Webelos (4th or 5th grade), "Webelos colors" which are tri-color cloth ribbon hanging from a metal pin
Cub Scout caps are also optional.
* Note that we do not want family financial challenges to prevent any boy from joining our pack. If you need help paying for the pack dues or other expenses please talk to the Cubmaster or Committee Chair (contact info at the bottom of this page).
Dens also go on field trips or "Go-See-Its". Field trip destinations are chosen to enhance the program requirements as scouts work toward their next rank. Many organizations are happy to host Cub Scout dens and will often tailor their presentations toward the specific program requirements.
Dens typically go on 1 outing per month.
The pack is the collection of all the smaller dens. The pack meets once a month during the school year.
Pack 43 schedules a variety of activities throughout the year, typically about 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:
We need a youth application, adult application, parent talent survey, medical form, and handbook confirmation turned in along with a check for the appropriate amount made out to “Pack 43.” You may turn these in at your first pack meeting.
Cubmaster: Steve Cooke