New Parents 2022 - 2023

We're So Glad You've Joined Us!

Here at Pack 521, we're all about family! When you register your child for Cub Scouts, everyone becomes a member. Parents, guardians, aunts and uncles, grandparents, godparents, and (of course) siblings, are welcomed and encouraged to join in on the fun. Not only will your Scout make new friends, but you'll find that you do as well. That atmosphere is something we're very proud of and look forward to each year.

Now that you've registered, you may be wondering what to do next. Here are the Pack 521 1-2-3's for getting started!

  1. SCOUTBOOK: A few days after you submit a youth application, either paper or electronic, your Scout will be registered with Pack 521. Heart of Virginia Council regularly syncs their records with Scoutbook, the program we use to communicate with families and track your Scout's advancement. When that happens, you'll receive an email asking you to connect to your Scout's account. It's very important that you open that email and follow the instructions.

  2. FACEBOOK: We have a private Facebook group for families only. This group is where we post photos, event reminders, share events, and more! You need to be invited to this group by a member or request access. For the privacy of our Scouts, we are very careful about who we provide access to. You are welcomed to invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, etc. Please let us know in advance by sending us an email at or making a post in the group - that way we don't deny them access. Join us there when you can!

  3. NEW PARENT GUIDE & CALENDAR: Our New Parent Guide includes everything you need or want to know about our upcoming year. There's something for everyone, like how our Pack is organized, how we communicate, what you need to buy for your Scout, uniforming requirements, what our Pack dues are, and more. Because it is sensitive information, this is posted in the Files section of our private Facebook group. Our Living Calendar is a Google Sheet linked to our private Facebook group that gives all the good details about our upcoming year, from den meetings to banquets. We have an action-packed year ahead and our special events kick-off soon, so it's important that you access our calendar right away. Please join our private Facebook group for access to those files.

We've said it before and we'll say it at least a million times more, we're so glad you've decided to join and trust us with your Cub Scouting adventure! We look forward to an awesome year and can't wait to meet all of you. Should you need help or an answer to some questions, please email us at

Yours in Scouting,

Gregory Schmidt

Rebekah Nyalko
Pack Committee Chairperson

Other Resources:
Heart of Virginia Council Scout Shop
Pack 521's 2022 - 2023 Uniform Shopping Guide (PDF)