About Cub Scouts
Pack 158 - St. Mary's Shrewsbury, MA
"A Scout is…Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent"
Outdoor activity is a big part of Scouting. Our motto is “Leave No Trace”. The boys learn to respect the outdoors and take care of the places we hike and camp.
Civic minded, learning skills, respect of nature and most of all FUN!
The Pack is the whole group, KINDERGARTEN to 5th graders; we meet once a month on the third Monday at 6:45 pm in the Church Hall. Pack meetings are run by our Cub Master, Maggie Riani.
Dens make up the Pack, organized by age – Tiger (1st Grade), Wolf (2nd), Bear (3rd), Webelos (4th), and Arrow of Light (5th). Each Den meets 1 - 2 times a month and works toward completing age appropriate Adventures. There is also a Lion Den (Kindergarten) which meets once a month. Completion of the requirements makes you eligible for advancement. The best experience happens when a parent or relative participates with each boy.
Each level has a parent leader (the Den Leader) responsible for organizing completion of the adventures and customizing activities to the interest of their Scouts.
Meetings consist of a gathering activity as families arrive, an opening ceremony with the pledge of allegiance, talk time to discuss the Adventure we’re working on, a fun activities, and a closing.
The Pack is part of a network of other Packs in Shrewsbury and a Council which covers southern central Massachusetts. St. Mary's also sponsors a Boy Scout Troop (http://shrewsbury158.mytroop.us). We try to have the Boys Scouts involved in our activities so the Cubs meet more people and learn from their experience.
There are reasonable expenses related to Scouting, such as registration, annual dues, a uniform and manual. Details about costs are available; feel free to contact us.
We try to only have one fundraiser a year. The Popcorn Sale is in the fall for delivery around Thanksgiving. We raise money to cover the expenses of the Pack like Derby cars, Blue and Gold dinner, rocket launch, camping, and picnicking. There are prizes and rewards to make it fun for the boys (silly string and Star Wars!)
Ranks and Activities
The Lion Den is our kindergartners. They meet less often and are not required to participate in as many activities. It's an introduction to scouting. That doesn't mean they don't get to do all the fun stuff! They are welcome to participate in any events.
Adventures for first graders gave the Den the chance to take a hike, visit the fire department, invent our their games, attend a hockey game, plant in their yards, learn about healthy foods with a visit to Wegmans, explore their family and gifts we each have, prepare snacks to share, and enjoy a campfire together. They can’t wait to see what the next rank brings!
Exploring kept the attention of the Wolf Den. They got outdoors, developed their own maps, and hiked at the Broad Meadow Conservation and at Camp Winnegan. Their other fun activities were building a solar car, learning about the history of Shrewsbury, and participating in philanthropic events at Floral Street School and with serving Thanksgiving dinner through Catholic Charities.
The Bears seized the chance to get outside, exploring and expanding their knowledge of the natural world. Their time outside included hiking at Purgatory Chasm, fishing at Dean Park, exploring at Prospect Place, learning to setup a tent and building a campfire for cooking. They even got to whittle! As a treat for the Pack, the Bears organized and hosted a carnival for the other boys. Everyone enjoyed playing the games the boys created and winning sweet prizes.
This year was filled with developing new skills for the Webelos. They hosted a First Aid EMT demonstration for the Pack, learned about car repair and tools, and learned different referee signals. They will host the annual camp out so they prepare by working out a plan for the event and will even handle the campfire cooking. They also had fun at Purgatory Chasm, doing a fitness competition, and playing at a Table Game night.
Arrow of Light
Our oldest boys were lucky enough to complete some ambitious Adventures. A civic minded emphasis on making the world a better place included environmental activities, understanding our place in the community, family budgeting, and learning about scouting around the world. They also had the opportunity to camp and take more of a leadership role in the planning. We wish them well as the crossover to Boy Scouts and their next great adventures.