Welcome to Cub Scout Pack 43

Mt. Zion, Illinois

February Pack Meeting - 2019 Blue & Gold Banquet

Who? - All Pack 43 Cub Scouts & their families

What? - 2019 Pack 43 Blue and Gold Banquet

Where? - Maranatha Assembly of God, 555 W. Imboden Dr, Decatur, IL

When? - Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Cost? - $10.00 per person (payment due with sign-up) $11.00 per person if paid after February 9th!!

**Child care is available (by experienced Maranatha staff which have been background checked) for siblings Kindergarten age and below. Cost is $5 per child and includes pizza!

Sign-up deadline: Wednesday, February 13th by 5:00 p.m. Your registration is not complete until payment is received by Pack Leadership!

Details? -

  • Main Event Arrow of Light Scout Cross Over Ceremony

Our Arrow of Light Scouts will be awarded their Arrow of Light Award, Honor Arrows and will cross over from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA in a special ceremony conducted by Scouts from Scout Troop 43 (Boys) and Scouts from Troop 475 (Girls).

  • Rank Advancements – in addition to the Arrow of Light ceremonies, many Webelos Scouts will be earning their rank emblems! Other ranks will be awarded at a later Pack Meeting.
  • Meal is being catered again this year by Nelson’s Catering, following the awards presentation. Service will start around 6:00 p.m.
  • ½ BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, southern style green beans and roll & butter
  • Drinks, table service and dessert provided
  • Invited to attend – All Pack 43 Cub Scouts and their immediate families. Families of boys crossing over may invite grandparents or other special family members.

Click HERE to sign up!

Questions? Nate Scranton – Pack Secretary – pack43secretary@gmail.com.

March Committee Meeting

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Coz's Pizza, 1405 Village Parkway, Mount Zion, IL
  • All Pack 43 parents are invited to attend and help us plan our program and upcoming events!
  • All dens should be represented by a den leader, assistant den leader or parent(s).

March Pack Meeting - STEAM Demonstrations!

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Mount Zion Grade School Gymnasium at 725 W. Main St. Mt. Zion, IL
  • Many exciting STEAM demonstrations including:
    • 3D printing
    • Drone demonstrations and footage
    • "Science of Speed" pinewood derby demonstrations (learn some tricks for next year!)
    • LEGO Robotics
  • STEAM related prizes and giveaways

74th Abraham Lincoln Council Lincoln Pilgrimage

  • Sign-ups AND payments are due by April 16 at the April Pack meeting!
  • Sunday, April 28 - bus leaves McGaughey Elementary School at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sign up at THIS LINK
  • Pack 43 pays the registration fee for all Scouts and adult leaders, which includes a special event program and dated patch
  • All families are encouraged to attend this event - the largest single day Scouting event in the US!
  • Families pay $5/person or $25/family to help defray the cost of renting the bus
    • Space is limited on the bus - sign up fast!
  • Pack 43 participates in the Ceremony at Lincoln's Tomb at Oak Ridge National Cemetery and then in the parade from Lincoln's Tomb to the Illinois Old State Capital (about 2 miles)
  • We stop at McDonald's for lunch after the parade - returning to Decatur by ~3:00 p.m.

2019 Summer Camps Are Coming!!

  • Sign-ups are due no later than Friday, May 17 by 5:00 PM for Resident Summer Camps and June 1st by 5:00 PM for Railsplitter Day Camp
  • Pack 43 does get a $5 discount if we sign up by April 10, so PLEASE sign up early!
  • Pack 43 pays for each Scout to attend 1 camp - if a Scout attends Day Camp and a Resident Camp (CSSC or WW), Pack 43 pays for the more expensive Camp.

See below for more information on COUNCIL RESIDENT CAMPS (CSSC & WW)

  • Scouts who will be in 2nd or 3rd grade in 2019-2020 should attend CUB SCOUT SUMMER CAMP
  • Scouts who will be in 4th or 5th grade in 2019-2020 should attend WEBELOS WOODS
  • The sign-up deadline for Council Resident Camps is May 17th by 5:00 PM.
    • For Webelos Woods attendees ONLY, you can view the Adventure list by clicking HERE. You will need to have your scout choose 5 sessions of which they will attend 3. These fill up quickly, so we ask that they select more than 3 in the event some of them are full. You will be prompted to select 5 of these sessions before you are able to submit your registration form.

See below for more information on RAILSPLITTER DAY CAMP

  • While all Cub Scouts can attend Railsplitter Day Camp, please be aware the program is targeted to the younger Scouts (Tigers and Wolves).
  • The sign-up deadline for Railsplitter Day Camp is June 1st by 5:00 PM.

Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions:

  • DEADLINES TO SIGN UP FOR CAMP TO HAVE PACK 43 PAY THE CAMP FEE FOR THE SCOUT: (after this date, Pack 43 will not pay camp fees)
    • Cub Scout Summer Camp or Webelos Woods - DEADLINE IS MAY 17th by 5:00 PM!!
      • Pack 43 does get a $5 discount if we sign up by April 10, so PLEASE sign up early!
    • Railsplitter Day Camp - DEADLINE IS JUNE 1st by 5:00 PM!!
    • Pack 43 pays for each Scout to attend one summer camp

Resident Camps:

  • Webelos Woods is July 25-28
  • Cub Scout Summer Camp is June 7-9
    • WW and CSSC are OVERNIGHT tent camping!!
    • WW and CSSC are at LTC's Rhodes France Scout Reservation near Pana, IL - link to map
    • Families bring their own tents, sleeping pads, cots, sleeping bags, etc.
    • Council Camps are one of the few opportunities Scouts have yearly to earn their BB Gun & Archery belt loops
    • Scout fee includes meals during camp, program materials, camp t-shirt, patch and camp mug
    • A parent or designated responsible adult must attend RESIDENT CAMP with their Scout (unless other arrangements are made with pack leadership)
    • Adult registration fees and optional adult t-shirt fees are paid by the family
    • ***Adult fees must be paid to Pack 43 by the May 17 deadline for the Scout to be paid & registered***
    • DO NOT register directly with the Greater St. Louis Area Council or their website for any camps!!
    • All campers (including adults) should take their HEALTH FORM with them to camp (DO NOT turn in to Pack 43)

Railsplitter Day Camp:

  • Day camp is June 12-14
    • Day camp takes place during daylight hours - no overnight camping
    • Camp Hours - 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
    • Scouts bring a sack lunch each day
    • Camp Location is Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park near Harristown, IL - link to map
    • Day camp is one of the few opportunities Scouts have yearly to earn their BB Gun & Archery belt loops
    • Camp fees include all activities, a t-shirt, special patch and camp mug.
    • All campers (including adults) should take their HEALTH FORM with them to camp (DO NOT turn in to Pack 43)

Questions? Email Pack43Secretary@gmail.com

Would you like to order a Pack 43 Activity ("Class B") uniform T-shirt? We have some in stock for purchase! For your convenience, you can now place and pay for your order online by clicking HERE. We will not be placing another order this year, so selections will be limited to in-stock items only. If you would like to pay with Cash or Check, we will have the shirts available at each pack meeting for walk-up sales. Any questions, please email pack43secretary@gmail.com or ask a committee member!

Pack 43 is entirely comprised of parent volunteers. While we strive to always have the best activities possible we cannot succeed without the parents who selflessly give their time. We welcome your feedback but we would also welcome your help. If you can help at any event(s) that interest you or if you have experience that would help our leadership team please let us know!

Please click here, or the image to the left to submit your feedback to our leadership!

Contact Pack43CommitteeChair@gmail.com with any questions you might have about Pack 43.