Cub Scout Pack 577

   Tempe, Arizona

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is Cub Scouting all about?

The Cub Scouting program has 10 purposes related to the overall mission of the Boy Scouts of America - to build character, learn citizenship, and develop personal fitness:

1. Character Development 6. Respectful Relationships
2. Spiritual Growth 7. Personal Achievement
3. Good Citizenship 8. Friendly Service
4. Sportsmanship and Fitness 9. Fun and Adventure
5. Family Understanding 10. Preparation for Boy Scouts

 

2. How much does Cub Scouts cost?

• Registration is $25.

• Pack Dues are $25 per month.

 

3. How often does the pack meet?

Our pack meets every Monday night from 6:30 to 7:30 at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe. We also have outings or events once or twice a month.

 

4. Do I need to attend every meeting and outing?

Attendance on Monday nights is essential to the program. During the school year this is when we work on rank requirements. If a boy misses a Monday meeting, and it happens, there will probably be some homework assigned. The Saturday outings and events are not usually fulfilling a rank requirement, although we do often earn a patch or other award for going. That being said, nothing is required, only encouraged. We really are an active pack and we do a lot of fun things. We understand it is a busy schedule and not everyone will be at every event. That’s okay. Come to the ones you can!

 

5. What do you expect from parents?

If you are a parent of a Lion (Kindergarten) or Tiger (1st grade) you, or another responsible adult, is required to be at every meeting and event. If you are a parent of a boy older than 1st grade, we highly encourage your participation in this program with your son, however, we understand that sometimes things come up and a parent cannot be there. We also have many volunteer positions that we need to fill to keep our pack running smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering at any point, please let us know!

 

6. I have other children who are not Cub Scout age; can they come to activities too?

Almost everything we do is appropriate for all family members; the only exceptions being Council Sponsored camps and the occasional hike which may not be appropriate for younger siblings. Families are always welcome.

 

7. Is there financial assistance available?

Yes. We participate in council sponsored fundraisers to help keep monthly dues affordable and to help scouts earn their own way to summer camp. Many scouts who participate in the fundraisers earn enough money to pay for summer camp, uniforms, and monthly dues. Additionally, we take advantage of financial aid available through the council to assist some scouts with the cost of summer camp.

 

8. Do I have to sign up right away, or can I try it out for a few weeks first?

You are more than welcome to attend meetings and events with your son as a visitor to find out if this pack is a good fit for your family.

 

9. Can I work on Cub Scout awards at home?

Yes! We structure our pack program so that every boy earns his rank between the months of September and February. There will be some homework assigned by the den leaders. There are other awards and electives that can be done outside of den meetings too. You can do as much or as little as you want to.

 

10. Can I attend this Cub Scout Pack if we move to another part of the valley?

Our pack does not have boundaries. If you are willing to drive to our meetings, you are welcome to come.

 

11. Do I need to buy a scout uniform or book for my son?

Class A uniforms are recommended but they are not a requirement to be in scouts. They do cost around $35 with all the patches. We encourage boys to have them and wear them with pride, but not having one will not keep him out of Scouts. Sometimes, there are events that require a uniform, but they are few and far between. A rank handbook is going to be very helpful for keeping track of his progress. The handbooks are relatively inexpensive at under $15.

 

Scout Store Address: Mesa Riverview Shopping Center, 1061 N Dobson Rd. Ste 109, Mesa, AZ

Scout Store Phone Number: (480) 926-0345

Hours: Mon-Sat: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

 

12. Where can I find out more information about Cub Scout Pack 577 or scouting in general?

• Cub Scout Pack 577 website: www.tempecubscouts.org

• Grand Canyon Council website: www.grandcanyonbsa.org

• Boy Scouts of America website: www.scouting.org