Cub Scouts Pack 1011 - Indiana, PA
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When and where does Pack 1011 meet?
Pack 1011 meets as a pack once a month. The meeting is approximately 1 hour in length on the third Monday of the month (September - May). Den Meetings are twice a month and vary based upon the Den Leader. Pack meetings are held at Grace United Methodist Church on Church Street in Indiana, PA.
What is the cost of joining? What is included?
Pack dues are $160 per scout. This is subject to change, but generally includes the scout national registration fee, the Laurel Highlands Council program fee, neckerchief and slide for subsequent years, pinewood derby car kits and patches, rank badges, adventure loops and pins, special awards, and den meeting project supplies. Scout uniforms must be purchased separately and are available at the scout store or a few local vendors.
What is my obligation with scouting?
As a parent of a cub scout, you are expected to participate in the program. A survey is handed out at the first meeting to determine your skills and ability to assist. Generally though, you are expected to attend all pack meetings as valuable information for parents is distributed. For Lion and Tiger scouts, you must also attend all den meetings to assist the leader. You are welcome to attend any/all other den meetings to assist your child with their scouting journey. Other volunteer opportunities are available such as organizing and supporting activities (parade participation, blue and gold banquet organization, pinewood derby), popcorn sales volunteer, serving as a chaperone for service projects, and many other.
What is done during the pack and den meetings?
Pack Meetings - Monthly pack meetings serve as a time for the entire pack to meet and distribute the awards that the scouts have earned through their den meetings and outside activities during the month. These meetings usually include a fun activity for scouts to participate in while parents receive important information regarding upcoming events. Typical scout activities may include games, team building exercises, service project completion, and many other fun activities.
Den Meetings - Den meetings are held twice a month on dates determined by the den leader. These meetings are focused on the curriculum for each den and may include team building, camping/wilderness knowledge, safety, and other important skills. Generally, they involve activities and discussions to ensure understanding of the skill gained at an age appropriate level.
Aside from pack and den meetings, what other activities are available?
There are many other activities that scouts can participate in. Service projects such as scouting for food to benefit the local food bank, singing at a local nursing home, and others that come available throughout the year. The scouts also have a variety of camping opportunities. Each year summer camps are held at one of the scout camps which provide both a day camp and overnight camping opportunity for scouts. Dens may also organize their own camping events as some dens are required to complete a camping trip to earn their rank. There are also many other scouting events such as scout nights with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Pirates, participation in parades in Indiana, and the annual Pinewood Derby.
Though many of the activities are optional, attendance does help build friendships in the den and pack while teaching valuable skills.
My child is in 3rd grade, can they still join scouts?
Of course!! It's never too late to join the Cub Scouts. The only prior rank that must be earned is the Bobcat and can be done at any time during the scouting experience.
Can I be involved with the scouts?
Absolutely!! We have many volunteer opportunities for parents to be involved. In order to be actively involved as a leader or volunteer, you must have your clearances on file and complete a Youth Protection Training program.
What does family scouting mean?
Family scouting is the inclusion of the entire family in the scouting program. As part of the scouting program, we accept all children regardless of gender. As part of the scouting mission, programming is designed to be completed both within dens and at home with families. We impress upon families the importance of involving both parents and children in the scouting program to ensure that children gain the most out of their scouting experience. Family scouting includes all scouting activities.