Cub Scout Pack 1882
Sugar Land, TX
How are the Cub Scouts organized?
Our main unit is called the Pack. There are currently about 50 boys in the Pack. The Pack consists of smaller units called Dens, which typically contain 5-8 boys. Dens are organized by age: Tiger Dens for first graders, Wolf Dens for second graders, Bear Dens for third graders, and Webelos Dens for fourth and fifth graders. During fifth grade, or when a boy turns 11, he moves from Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts.
Our Pack 1882's chartering organization is the Congregation Beth El, Sugar Land. Pack 1882 is part of a larger organization called the Thunder Wolf District, which is part of the Sam Houston Area Council (SHAC), which in turn is part of the national organization called Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
Why should I join Pack 1882?
- We have over 50 boys and 12 experienced adult leaders providing us with a great Volunteer to Scout ratio
- We have been around for over 15 years and have a well developed program
- Scouts who start with Pack 1882 have a high retention rate and stay in scouting after they cross-over to Boy Scout Troops
- We primarily consists of boys from Commonwealth Elementary, but we welcome any family who wishes to join regardless the school their son attends
- Monthly Pack Meetings are held in the Commonwealth Elementary cafeteria
What activities do Cub Scouts do?
Your son will work with other Scouts his age in small groups and large groups on a variety of fun and engaging activities. Younger children focus on building awareness of their community and service to their family. Older boys learn useful skills for safely adventuring into the outdoors as well as general life skills. Throughout the program's levels, the boys are given opportunities for leadership and responsibility appropriate to their age and maturity.
How much time does it take?
The Pack meets once a month, for an hour. Dens meet more regularly, usually 1-2 times a month. Sometimes there are additional activities organized by the Pack or District. As a parent you will be expected to stay actively involved with your boy’s achievements. If you volunteer to be a Den Leader you will be committing additional time to plan and lead Den meetings, and to attend a monthly Pack Committee Meeting. See detail schedule under Program.
Who runs the Pack?
The most important and most rewarding leadership position in the Pack is that of Den Leader. It cannot be overemphasized how important the Den Leader is to their boys’ Cub Scout experience. The best way to make sure your boy has the experience you want him to have is to become a Den Leader. The best way to insure that your Den’s schedule doesn’t conflict with all your other activities is to become the Den Leader. The best way to interact with the boys that will, in many cases, become your boy’s best friends into middle school and beyond is to become a Den Leader. It’s also fun and rewarding for you. No experience is necessary – we have a committee full of coaches and mentors who can guide you. Please consider becoming a Den Leader.
The Pack is run by a group of volunteer leaders called the Pack Committee. The Committee consists of 2 or more leaders from each Den, plus other positions like Cubmaster, Committee Chair, and Treasurer. In Pack 1882 we are fortunate to have a willing, energetic, and fun committee. We are always looking to add people to the Committee. Please let us know if you are interested.
If not called upon to be a leader, you may be asked to fill a committee or activity position. We are an active group that, like you, has other commitments (job, family, sports, church, etc.). We require the assistance of our volunteers to keep our Pack going. You will no doubt find, as we have, that the time you spend with your child rewards you in more ways than you can ever imagine.
What am I expected to do as a Cub Scout parent (“Adult Partner”)?
We hope you will volunteer as a Cub Scout Leader or a Committee Member. If you are unable to do so, there are still a number of things that are expected of you, as a Scout Parent. All parents should:
- Buy your son the uniform appropriate for his age. Attach your son's awards to his uniform promptly.
- Attend the monthly 1-hour Pack Meeting with your son, in uniform.
- Attend den meetings. There are usually one or two Den Meetings per month. At den meetings, Scouts usually earn achievements needed for rank advancement.
- Attend, with your son, as many Scout activities as possible. Scout Fair, camp-outs, field trips, Raingutter Regatta, Pinewood Derby, the Blue & Gold Banquet, and picnics are fun experiences you can share with your son. Tiger Cubs (first graders) must be accompanied to all events. All cubs must be accompanied on camp-outs.
- Help your son earn achievements at home.
- Be ready to assist your son's Den Leader.
- Get involved! Have fun with your son(s)!
When can I join?
As a general rule, Pack 1882 only accepts new Scout members during the Spring (April/May) and Fall (September) recruiting periods. Please email the Pack Committee for more information.
How much does it cost?
The annual cost to join Pack 1882 is $225 (for 2017-2018), which covers:
- Annual BSA fees (registration, magazine, insurance, etc.) - $39
- Rank awards, patches, loops & pins - $45
- Rank materials (handbook, neckerchief, slide & T-Shirt) - $42
- Special events (pinewood, raingutter, etc.) - $29
- Blue & Gold Banquet (dinner/entertainment for family) - $40
- Administrative cost (supplies, storage, etc.) - $30
Every year, there is an opportunity to earn money by selling coupon books (10 scouts in 2017 earned over $50 towards dues for selling books!). Payment plans and financial assistance is available on a confidential as-needed basis.