About Scouting

Welcome to the world of scouting in Pack 249! Your son has joined an excellent youth program dedicated to the development of citizenship, character, and fitness. That means you have joined up too, because Cub Scouting is a family-based program. This website will help you to get to know what our pack does, who you can contact with questions, and how you can be involved as a Cub Scout parent in our pack.

What Do I Need To Do As A Parent?

Every Cub parents should be involved in our Pack. Does that mean you have to be a Den Leader or Cubmaster? No! (But somebody does…). There are lots of jobs in the Pack so no one has to do too much. Here are some of the things parents do:

Pack Committee

  • Committee Chairman: Ensures smooth administration of the pack, recruits parents to serve on the committee and for other leadership positions, coordinates registration and chartering of the Pack.

  • Treasurer: Manages and reports the Pack finances

  • Secretary: Keeps meeting minutes from the monthly leader meetings

  • Training Chair: Makes sure the Pack leaders have the required training

  • Popcorn Chair: Runs the annual Trails End popcorn sale (the main source of funding for our pack)

  • Activity Chair: We have activities throughout the year that we need parents to help with, from the Pinewood Derby to the Blue & Gold Banquet, and summer-time camping trips and other activities.

Pack Leadership

  • Cubmaster: Plans and conducts the monthly pack meetings

  • Assistant Cubmaster: Helps the Cubmaster, especially with advancements & achievements

  • Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Den Leaders: Run weekly den meetings

  • Assistant Den Leaders: Helps den leaders run the weekly den meetings and provides “two-deep” leadership for the den

  • We also encourage parents to attend the pack meetings with their boys, rather than simply drop them off. That way, they can see what their boy is doing in Scouts, plus they can meet other parents in the pack.

 

What is the Cost?

Scouting costs money, like everything else, but the benefits are worth more! Here is what you can expect to pay for your boy to be in our Pack:

  • National Membership Dues: $15

  • Boy’s Life Magazine (Optional): $12

  • Uniform: Approximately $40 for shirt, cap, and neckerchief slide (some used ones may be available from the pack for less)

  • Patches: Approximately $11 for an initial set of den, pack, and council patches - the rank and achievement patches and other awards will be provided by the pack at no cost to scouts

  • Handbooks: $7 to $9 each

Blue Mountain Council Scouting Center and Trading Post

The Scout Center is located at 8478 West Gage Boulevard in Kennewick, across from Costco (phone number is 735-7306). There you can get lots of information about training and council activity schedules, as well as purchase Scout items like uniforms, patches, books, and camping gear. You can also visit them on the Web at http://www.bmcbsa.org/.