Welcome to Our Pack!

This is the public website for Pack 1867, a pack chartered by St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in McLean, Virginia.  Most of our Cub Scouts live near Chesterbrook Elementary School, where we have most of our meetings.  We especially invite the neighborhood boys from the Brooksfield School and St. John Academy.  

Pack 1867 - A Gold Level Unit  

Pack 1867 has consistently  met the GOLD standard under the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) new Journey to Excellence program. This means that we have trained leadership, high retention rates, high advancement rates, and strong recruitment.  Additionally, all of our Scouts receive Boy's Life, a magazine for boys that has been published for more than 100 years.  But most importantly, the Gold Unit Award means that we have fun throughout the year, and are active even in the summer.   Some of our events include:
  • Weekend camping in October and May
  • Scout camp during the summer
  • Hiking
  • Service projects like Scouting for Food
  • Conservation projects
  • Bike hikes
  • Holiday parties
  • Monthly pack meetings
  • Den meetings
  • Sporting events
  • Pinewood Derby races
  • Campfire meetings
  • Snow tubing
  • and more!!
Our "pack year" starts in September, when we host an open-house pack meeting for families interested in Cub Scouting.  To learn more about Cub Scouts, the links at the side are a great place to start.
To ask a question about our pack, contact the Cubmaster at cubmasterpack1867@gmail.com.

To:       Parents of Pack 1867 Cub Scouts

From:   Cubmaster

Date:    August 31, 2014

Re:       Pack 1867 Program Priorities


Dear Parents,

Soon the 2014-2015 school year will begin and we will launch another year of Cub Scouting!  Before we start, I’d like to take a few moments to outline the state of the Pack and our priorities for the coming year. 

First, the Pack is doing very well. For the 2013-2014 program year, Pack 1867 again earned the Gold Award, the highest-level award under BSA’s Journey to Excellence program.   In the coming year, the goal of the Pack 1867 leadership team will be to maintain that high standard of performance.

Second, the Pack’s leadership team is planning an exciting year of Scouting activity.  Recognizing that it is impossible to do everything at a high level of quality, we will focus on three core priorities:

1. Camping, Hiking, and Living in the Outdoors: Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of International Scouting, stated, “The key that unlocks the spirit of the movement is the romance of woodcraft and nature lore.”  It is my very strong personal belief that Baden-Powell was right — camping, hiking, and outdoor activities are a major part of what makes Scouting a distinctive and life-transforming for boys.  Whenever practicable, we will conduct Pack 1867 meetings and events outdoors.  We’ll start with the Fall Camporall at Camp Snyder in early October.  Next we’ll go to Fort McHenry for a hike and program to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner.  Each of the dens will have a full program of outdoor activities throughout the Fall.

Pitching tents, hiking up mountain trails, cooking on a campfire.  Whittling and carving with their first pocketknife.  Learning how to tie knots and lashings.  Eating smores and telling ghost stories to their friends at a campfire.  Stargazing on a crisp night to the musical accompaniment of frogs and crickets.  Our Scouts will enjoy all of these woodcraft and outdoor experiences, and more!  The wilderness skills they learn, their encounters with nature, and the self-reliance that is engendered through rugged outdoor activity should help prepare each boy for life.

2. Community Service — Deeds not Words.  Pack 1867 has a long history of service to the community. In recent years, this has included the annual Scouting for Food drive, the international Stop Hunger Now! campaign, care packages for U.S. service members overseas, the McLean 5K charity run, and countless Pack and Den environmental projects.  I have been very proud to watch the Cub Scouts of Pack 1867, and my own son, participate in these community service projects.

Through Cub Scout community service activities, the boys learn to translate good intentions into real and meaningful action.  They experience the satisfaction that comes from performing a selfless act and thinking beyond just oneself.  In the coming year, we will continue the Pack’s tradition of service to the community and delivering good deeds for others.  The boys should be ready to get their hands dirty!

3. Race Derbies and Hands-On STEM. Last year, our Pack hosted three race derby events — the Rain Gutter Regatta, the Space Derby, and the Pinewood Derby.  During each of these races, the boys design their own race vehicle and use woodworking tools to build it themselves.  They spend a lot of one-on-one time with their Dad or another adult who cares enough about them to risk sawing off a finger to help them!  Then, they have a lot of fun racing with their friends.  As they go through Cub Scouts, the boys experiment with different designs, each year hopefully building on the experiences of the previous year to figure out how to build a faster racer.  Their woodworking matures, as does their sportsmanship.

Our Pack is also fortunate to have a fantastic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program.  Our STEM Director integrates hands-on STEM activities into the program throughout the year.  We will plan to continue to host both race derbies and special STEM activities for the boys, starting next with the Space Derby races on November 15th!

Last year, we created two new features in our Pack newsletter.  The first feature is an article about a famous Eagle Scout.   The intent is to inform our families about the traditions and value of Scouting.  But more importantly, I hope that some of these stories may inspire Pack 1867 Scouts to “dream big” and follow in the footsteps of Eagles before them.  Although only 4% of all Boy Scouts are able to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, each of today’s Scouts in Pack 1867 has the potential within himself to achieve that rank.  For those who ultimately earn the rank of Eagle, they will find the experience to be of lasting benefit in many dimensions of their personal and professional lives.

The second regular newsletter feature is about a Cub Scout who demonstrates bravery and applies skills they learned in Scouting in a real-world situation.  To me, it’s a reminder that even though our Cub Scouts are young, they have the potential to do great things not only in the future but today.  That can be performing good deeds in their day-to-day lives or, when exceptional circumstances demand it, exhibiting bravery and skill beyond their years.

I anticipate another great year for Pack 1867 and look forward to working with you all!

Yours in Scouting,

Jim Hooper

Cubmaster, Pack 1867




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