Pack 109 Questions
General Cub Scout Questions
- What does a scout do at the den meeting?
- What happens at pack meetings?
- What uniforms and other materials are needed for scouting?
- What types of activities are involved in cub scouts?
- Do cub scouts go on camping trips with pack leadership?
- Who runs scout packs?
- What ages are boys in cub scouts?
- What are dens, how are dens organized?
- How often are the meetings?
Pack 109 Questions
Pack 109 has boys from both Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary and Kendall Elementary Schools in the Boerne ISD. In addition, home schooled boys from the area are welcome to join Pack 109.
Pack 109’s charter is held by Messiah Lutheran Church in Boerne. The Charter is the organization who sponsors a cub scout pack. Our pack meetings are held at the church.
Den meetings are held wherever the den families find most convenient; sometimes the dens meet in homes, or sometimes in a classroom at the school after the school day is over.
Use the Contact Us form found on this website to give us your information. Someone will be in touch via email or phone call, usually within 2-3 days. Most probably you will be contacted by the appropriate den leader, who will give you specifics on the next den or pack meeting. Once there, you will complete the BSA forms to become a member of Pack 109.
General Cub Scout Questions
The scout and his parent will complete activities at the den meeting that are detailed in the scout book for his level (Tiger, Wolf, Bear or Webelos). These activities are designed to take several months to complete; rank badges are generally awarded at the Blue and Gold Banquet in February. At the end of the scouting year, with successful completion of activities, the scout advances to the next level. The activities in the book are designed to be completed both during den meetings and as ‘funwork’ at home with the scout parents.
Pack meetings, held once a month, are held with all the dens in the pack. Each den has responsibilities at the pack meeting; these can include participating in the Color Guard too pen and close the meeting; performing in a skit or being part of a den report; or assisting with the greeting activity. In addition, all scouts are expected to stay and help clean before leaving.
The Cubmaster leads the pack meeting. The cub scouts are recognized for their achievements during the month. The cub scout has the opportunity to earn Badges and Belt Loops by completing activities at home and as a den. These achievements are awarded by the Cubmaster and the den leader at the pack meeting. Pack meetings also allow the scouts opportunities to speak in front of the group by giving den reports or performing in short skits that highlight the character trait of the month. Sometimes pack meetings include guest speakers or special activities such as the annual Raingutter Regatta, Pinewood Derby, or Blue and Gold Banquet.
Scout uniforms are referred to as either ‘Class A’ or ‘Dress’ uniforms, and ‘Class B’, or ‘Activity’ uniforms. Class A/Dress uniform refers to the formal uniform shirt; class B/Activity uniform refers to the pack t-shirt.
We have a t-shirt that is purchased through the pack; the t-shirt is worn on den meeting days and informal den and pack outings. Pack meetings and other more formal occasions require the ‘dress uniform’ to be worn. The ‘dress uniform’ is purchased by the family through the scout shop. Pack 109 does not require the official scout shorts or pants; only the shirt, kerchief, and scout belt are required. Hats are optional but strongly encouraged for outdoor activities. We ask that the scout wear his dress uniform shirt tucked into jean shorts, dark blue shorts, jeans, or blue pants with a scout belt. Please note the differences between Tiger, Wolf and Bear uniforms versus Webelos uniforms, which are purchased when the Webelos scout is sure he will be continuing to Boy Scouts. Den leaders will be happy to answer any other questions regarding uniforms. Details about the dress uniform can be found at http://bsauniforms.org/#/cub-scout
In addition to the uniform, scouts will also need a book for the year. This book has lessons and activities that will be completed at the den level throughout the scouting year, and is different for each cub scout level (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos). These books are also available at the scout shop and might be available for purchase from the den leader.
Aside from den and pack meetings, boys in cub scouts participate in den and pack outings. Some outings at the den level are called ‘go see its’, which include trips to local government offices, newspapers, fire and police stations. Other outings for either dens or the whole pack can include going to a corn maze, professional sports games, and local attractions like museums or plays. In addition, a cub scout can participate in the pack family campout; this camp experience, as the name implies, involves the whole family. The scout participates in camp activities with other scouts but stays overnight only with family members.
BSA has events at the Area and District level are available for packs and troops to attend. Participation by cub scouts in Area and District activities requires registration and parent participation. These events include overnight camps and day camps held throughout the year.
No – the only camping activity that a cub scout participates in is family camping; an adult from the scout’s family is required to participate with the scout.
Cub scout packs are all volunteer organizations run by parents of scouts. The best packs are those whose scouts all have involved parents who take an active role in the pack. Boy Scouts of America provides leadership and training opportunities for volunteers and acts asa resource for the all volunteer pack.
Cub Scouts are for boys in grades 1 through 5.
Cub Scouts are organized into dens by grade level. The dens are:
Tigers – first grade
Wolves – second grade
Bears – third grade
Webelos I – fourth grade
Webelos II – fifth grade
Den meetings are at least two times per month throughout the school year. Pack Meetings are one time per month throughout the school year. Meetings are attended by the scout and a parent or legal guardian. Pack 109 provides optional activities throughout the summer to round out the scouting year.