Pack Meetings- PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!
There are four main types of meetings in Cub Scouts and they all have different schedules and different purposes. These four meetings are Pack Nights, Den Meetings, Pack Outings, Committee and Roundtable meetings—the last two are for adults only.
The biggest meetings are the monthly Pack Nights where all Scouts and their families are invited to attend. We've had up to 100 Scouts in our Pack, so these can get kind of lively at times, but it’s a whole lot of fun.
Pack Nights are held once a month during the school year, usually the second to the last Thursday of the month. All Scouts, parents, and siblings of all ages meet in Mattawan Early Elementary Building at 6:30 p.m. and last about an hour, sometimes more. A Cub Scout should wear his uniform to Den Meetings, Pack Nights, and all Scout outings.
There are several reasons for Pack Nights:
1. Gives the Scouts a chance to display their completed projects and show off what they’ve learned to their friends and family.
2. The Scouts receive awards, badges, and other recognition for their hard work during the past month.
3. It promotes family communication and fun.
4. To communicate other aspects of Scouting and upcoming events such as campouts, upcoming field trips, training, etc.
5. To build an appreciation that Scouts are part of a community and that good citizenship means caring about your friends and neighbors.
Each month we also do activities such as perform skits, tell jokes, sing songs, and do crafts. Dens take turns performing the flag ceremony, acting as host, and performing a short skit dealing with the theme of the month.
Pack Nights are fun, but it’s too hard to learn anything with so many boys from different ages in one room. Since Scouting is designed around activities that are age-appropriate to a boy’s development, most of the “real”activities are done at the Den level. A Den is comprised of 6-10 boys of the same grade level who will be in the same group all the way through Cub Scouts.
Den meetings are small gatherings, usually held once per week for older scouts in 4th & 5th grades, every two weeks for Scouts in younger grade levels. Den meetings are held at flexible times and are arranged to meet the needs of the Scouts, their parents, and the availability of leaders. Days, times, and meeting places are all decided upon by the parents and Den Leader. These intimate group meetings can be after school, in the evenings or weekends—whatever works best for the group. They can also be held wherever the parents decide. Den meetings can be held in a home, a central meeting place (i.e., school, church), or the meetings can sometimes be a field trip like visiting a police station, fire station, or a wilderness sanctuary.
Some of our Den Leaders also provide a brief newsletter to keep parents informed. If they do, please take a few minutes to read this as it reminds you what activities are coming up and what materials will be required for the next den meetings, requirements, and deadlines.
A Cub Scout should wear his Class B uniform to Den Meetings. A Cub Scout should wear his Class A uniform to Pack Nights, and all Scout outings.
All Leaders/Committee Members should attend this monthly meeting (or a representative from each Den must attend). Other parents are encouraged to attend. We discuss all Pack activities and would appreciate input from other interested parents. Your voice and ideas help make Pack 161 stronger.
At least one Den representative from each age level (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos) and at least one Pack leader is encouraged to be present at each monthly meeting.
TIME: second Thursday of every month at 6:30
PLACE: 583 S Paw Paw St, Lawrence, MI 49064 Exit 52
This is the place to go to get information on how to do activities relating to the Cub Scout theme for the month, ideas for ceremonies, crafts ideas, how to simplify those Webelos Activity Badges, meet with other leaders from around the District, get first-hand information on upcoming events in the District, and have a fun with other leaders like yourself.