Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the requirements to join Cub Scouts?

  • Tiger Cubs (entering first grade or age 6 or 7)
  • Cub Scouts (entering second or third grade, or age 7, 8 or 9)
  • Webelos (entering fourth or fifth grade, or age 9, 10 or 11). 

2. What does Cub Scouting offer my son?

Cub Scouting offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide boys through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement. Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, boys also learn honesty, bravery, and respect. 

Hampton Pack 177 is very active, providing a rich environment for boys and their families. Typical annual events include:

·       2 Rocket Launches

·       Den activities like Hikes or Bike Hikes

·       Halloween Party    

·       Scouting for Food   

·       Holiday Party

·       Blue & Gold Banquet

·       Pinewood Derby

·       Spring Camp-out

·       Marching in the Memorial Day Parade

·       Summer Day Camp OR Summer Resident Camp

·       Community Service Activities and Service Projects

·       and more! 

3. Do Cub Scouts go camping?

We do go camping as a Pack in the Spring - indoor camping. In 2016, we camped overnight at Plimoth Plantation! In 2014 we camped overnight at the Franklin Park Zoo!

4. How often are the meetings?

Our Scouts usually meet in their Dens 2 - 3 times each month and a Pack meeting is held for all Cub Scouts and their families once a month. It is up to the discretion of the Den Leader to allow parents to leave during Den Meetings. 

Beyond that, it depends on the Den and Pack: a Den may hold a special activity, such as a service project or visit to a local museum in place of one of the weekly meetings or in addition to the weekly meetings. Likewise, the Pack may conduct a special event such as a rocket launch, camp-out, or service activity as an additional event, rather than a substitute for its monthly Pack meeting.

5. Time Commitment
Being an active member of your Den and our Pack takes time each and every week from September to the end of May. Generally speaking, here's a typical month's time commitment:
  • Den Meetings: 3 hours
  • Pack Meetings: 1 - 1.5 hours
  • At home working on achievements: varies
  • Extra activities on weekends (like a hike) varies, averages out to be about 2 hours
  • Total: 6 - 8 hours a month (on average)

We are all busy families and we understand the demands of sports, work, family and other needs. We know your family may be unable to imagine fitting another commitment into your weekly calendar. We understand! We know your time is valuable and that's why we, the Pack, make these commitments to you:
  1. The Pack Committee will do all that we can to plan well in advance a realistic calendar of events for the year by the start of school in September.

  2. Your Pack Leadership are here to help you navigate through your Scout's badge achievements and requirements, helping you and your scout get the most out of your year in Scouts.

  3. Your Den Leader and the Pack Leaders will plan effective and interesting Den and Pack meetings  and outings during the year. You will know what the purpose of each meeting or outing will be so if you must miss an event/meeting, you know how to help your son complete an alternative activity if available.

In return, The Pack expects the following commitment from y
ou and your scout:

The responsibilities of an active Scout:

    • Adhere to the Law of the Pack.

    • In Den Meetings and on your own at home, work on advancement projects and activities.

    • Attend most of the monthly Pack meetings with your family where you will receive your advancement awards.

    • Attend most of the weekly Den meetings. If you miss a meeting, work with your parent at home to make up the work done during the Den meeting.

    • Attend most of the extra Den or Pack Activities such as the Summer Outing to Canobie Lake Park or the Bear's Bike Hike

The responsibilities of an active Scout Parent/Family:

    • Provide help and support for your scout's Den and the Pack.

    • Work with your son on advancement projects and activities.

    • Attend weekly Den meeting and monthly Pack meetings with your son. If your son misses a Den meeting, find out from your Den Leader what work they did in the missed meeting and make that work up at home so your son stays on track to complete the required achievements for his badge.

    • Attend and assist with Den outings which may take place after school or on weekends.

    • Attend Cub Scout Family Activities with your son
6. How does participation in Cub Scouting affect participation other activities?
The Cub Scout program is designed to compliment many other extracurricular activities. Boys who participate in organized sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, etc, or academic-based extracurricular activities like music, art, science etc., can be recognized for these activities though Cub Scout belt loops and pins which are worn on their uniform. 

7. How much is it going to cost?

The annual Pack 177 dues of $50.00 covers such items as the National registration fee, scout insurance, Boys' Life Magazine, the neckerchief and handbook appropriate for your son's rank, the rocket and Pinewood Derby kits, and all patches and awards for the year (through next May). Since the Pack 177 charter begins on January 1, new Cub Scouts may pay a prorated fee for the remainder of the year, depending on when they register. Contact the Pack Leader for a prorated dues schedule.

The Scout or his family will be expected to pay for the costs of uniforms and some activity fees including those for Camp and Camp-outs.  Pack 177 has, in the past, been able to usually pay in part for camp-outs and fun activities planned by the pack!

Most of the Pack's operating expenses are paid for by the annual Fundraising events. The more successful our Fundraising efforts, the less each family has to pay for activities such as Summer Camp and Spring Camp Out. If our Fundraising efforts are not successful, annual Pack dues will have to be increased next year. Some neighboring Packs have much higher dues than Pack 177. Let's keep up the good work and make our Fundraisers a success!

8. Where can I buy uniforms, pack and den number patches?

There are several options for scout shopping. The following are ordered based upon proximity to Hampton:

Kittery Trading Post
301 US Route 1 Kittery, ME 03904
(888) 587-6246
Mon-Sat 9a-9p
Sun 10a-6p

Manchester Scout Shop (has largest selection of supplies) 
300 Blondin Road
Manchester, NH 03109
(603) 622-5060
Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sat 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. *open Saturdays during summer camp season only
Sun Closed

Alternatively, you can order everything online from the BSA retail store at ScoutStuff.Org

9. How can I save money on the cost of uniforms? 

Please contact us for more information. We are starting a Uniform Closet!

10. How can I learn more?

The best way to learn about what a Cub Scout really does is to talk with a Cub Scout who is engaged in the program. Alternatively, you can learn more about the Cub Scout program by selecting "Contact Pack Leader" (above) and asking questions, or leave your phone number to receive a call from the Pack Leader. 

11. How is Pack 177 structured? Who is in charge and how can I help?
Pack 177 is part of the Historic District which includes other packs in Hampton and surrounding towns such as North Hampton. Sometimes, Pack 177 collaborates with other Packs in the Historic District. The Historic District is part of the Daniel Webster Council which is the Cub Scout organization in the state of New Hampshire. For more information, visit:  http://www.nhscouting.org/openrosters/view_homepage.aspx?orgkey=1801

Pack 177 follows a typical Cub Scout Pack structure. There is a Pack Committee that makes all major Pack decisions. There is a Pack Leader who supervises the Dens. There are Den Leaders and assistant Den Leaders who manage individual Dens. We are always looking for dedicated families to volunteer their time serving in a leadership position. Contact the Pack Leader for more information.

Cub Scouts who complete their Webelos 2 badge requirements by the spring of their fifth grade year will cross over to become a Boy Scout in the Hampton Troop 177 at the April Pack Meeting. For more information about BSA Troop 177, follow this LINK.