We are Cub Scout Pack 9, based in Lutz, Florida and part of the Boy Scouts of America.
We currently meet at 7 PM on the second Tuesday of the month at McKitrick Elementary School.
This year we have a full calendar of events, including camping trips, a pinewood derby, multiple parades, and more. Along with the fun, boys in scouting learn many valuable skills and make many new friends. Please look through the Scrapbook section for pictures of past events and check out the Announcements and Calendar sections for news of what's coming up.
For more information about Pack 9 and our activities, please contact the Cubmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pack 9 is excited about having you as a vital part of our pack! Cub Scouting provides a structured, organized program to help promote the overall aims of Scouting to develop a boy’s character, train him in good citizenship, and encourage him in his development of physical, mental, and moral fitness.
In 1930, the Boy Scouts of America created a new opportunity called Cub Scouting for boys younger than Boy Scout age. A year-round, home-centered program used by chartered organizations, Cub Scouting emphasizes involvement between boys and their parents, adult leaders, and friends. Cub Scouting prepares the boys for becoming Boy Scouts.
We have provided the following information to help get you and your boy jump-started on the fun that being part of Cub Scouting offers.
The Purposes of Cub Scouting
1. Character Development
2. Spiritual Growth
3. Good Citizenship
4. Sportsmanship and Fitness
5. Family Understanding
6. Respectful Relationships
7. Personal Achievement
8. Friendly Service
9. Fun and Adventure
10. Preparation for Boy Scouts
On my honor, I will do my best. To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
Cub Scout Motto
Do Your Best
How do I sign my boy up?
A boy must assume a duty to be faithful to the rules of Scouting as represented in the Scout Oath, Scout Law and Cub Scout Motto.
The Cub Scout Application must be completed, signed, and returned along with registration fees.
The yearly membership fee of $65 is collected at the time the application is completed and is renewed each year in September. This includes a pack t-shirt (first time registration only), scout handbook (first time registration only), subscription to Boy’s Life magazine and awards.
TIGER CUB PARENTS — Tiger Cubs are required to have an adult partner register with them. The adult partner MUST COMPLETE Youth Protection Training and have a copy of the certificate attached to their registration form when it is turned into the council.
The easiest way to complete this is to log onto myscouting.org, register (don’t worry about your id#) and take Youth Protection Training, print out a certificate and email to a leader or attach to form.
What other costs are there?
Dues are set by the Pack Committee at the annual planning meeting based on budgetary needs and are included in the $65. Some outings may require additional fees to participate. These outings are attended on a voluntary basis. Adults who become leaders also have registration fees to join the Boy Scouts of America and these are paid for by the Pack. The Pack works to defray additional costs by participating in approved money-earning projects.
Pack 9 sells popcorn starting in September. Besides the annual dues, this is our main source of income and each boy is expected to sell a minimum amount of popcorn.
There are other events and outings that we participate in that may have a fee. These include campouts, trips to places with an entry fee and others. These are completely voluntary to attend and we try and make the costs as low as possible.
When do we meet?
Den meetings are held about twice a month at a location set by the Den Leader. The Dens meet different days & times. For example, the Webelos may meet Monday at 6:00 pm and the Bears meet Wednesday at 7:00 pm. The day and time for your son’s meeting will be communicated to you by the appropriate leader. At den meetings boys play games and sports, learn new skills, visit interesting places, and work on requirements for advancement.
Pack meetings are held the second Monday of each month from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the McKitrick Elementary School cafeteria (except where this conflicts with holidays or school closures). Pack meetings are a family event and the whole family is invited. Pack meetings are a time when the entire pack gathers for ceremonies, awards, and presentations. Children may not be “dropped off” at pack events.
Pack Meetings and events can be found on the Calendar - Upcoming Events page
What den will my son be in?
Tiger Cub - The Tiger Cub program is for first grade (or age 7) boys and their adult partners.
Wolf - The Wolf program is for boys who have completed first grade (or age 8).
Bear - The Bear program is for boys who have completed second grade (or age 9).
Webelos I & II – This program is for boys who have completed third grade (or age 10).
Does my son need a uniform?
The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. Pack 9 requires all their scouts to have the minimum uniform and to wear it in the prescribed manner. We wear the uniform because it is a means of identifying ourselves openly with the principles to which we are committed — character development, citizenship training, physical and mental fitness. We require our Cub Scouts to wear the official Class A uniform to pack meetings, when selling popcorn and when completing non-dirty community services, such as walking in parades, flag raisings, Scouting for Food, and others. The shirt should be tucked in and looking sharp!
As a minimum, the following uniform items are required:
· Cub Scout blue shirt (short or long sleeve). The tan shirt is an option for all Webelos & is recommended for 2nd year Webelos.
· Insignia. The Scout Shop at the Gulf Ridge Council Service Center will help you with everything you need. Let them know your pack number is 9.
· Neckerchief and slide. (Orange for Tigers, Gold for Wolf, Blue for Bears, Plaid for Webelos)
· The Cub Scout cap (Orange for Tigers, Gold for Wolf, Blue for Bears, Plaid for Webelos)
Optional items: Belt and belt buckle, Cub Scout shorts/pants, Cub Scout socks.
In addition to the uniform, each boy will be required to have his own handbook. Handbooks are included with your initial registration. Remember to get the handbook appropriate for the program in which your boy will be participating (Tiger, Wolf, Bear or Webelos).
The Tampa Scout Shop is located at the Gulf Ridge Council Service Center, 13228 N. Central Ave. Tampa, FL 33612.
Who Runs the Pack?
The pack is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. We are always looking for people who would like to help out, and have large and small jobs for every family. Ideally, each family would have a job, which is what we are working towards in Pack 9.
The Pack Leadership, which consists of the Committee Chairman, Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, Treasurer, Den Leaders and other Committee Members meet monthly to develop budgets, approve expenses, arrange for facilities and conduct overall planning. Interested family members are welcome to attend.
The Den Leaders are most directly involved with the Cub Scouts. Dens generally meet 1-2 times monthly.
See the Contacts page for the most updated list of Pack 9 Contacts
Pack 9 and the Scouting experience is only as good as we make it.
Scouting operates through volunteer leadership. Volunteer leaders are an example of Scouting’s principle of service to others. Naturally, parents are the primary source of leaders in the Scouting program. You volunteer not only to serve Scouting, but also to help your son and his friends, and to have the chance to be a positive influence on the youth in your community. Please consider joining our pack leadership team as a den leader, assistant den leader, or committee member performing ‘one-shot’ program jobs, such as coordinating pack participation in sales events, Scouting for Food, pinewood derby, blue and gold banquet, day camp, etc. - these jobs are of short duration. The pack pays for annual registration fees for any adult leaders, as well as any training that may be required for your position.