Here are answers to some questions we get pretty regularly about Pack 705. For more detailed information, download the Parent Informational Packet.
- Can boys and girls both join the pack?
Yes! Pack 705 welcomes both boys and girls, as long as they are at least in Kindergarten and at most in 5th Grade.
- What’s the difference between Lions, Tigers, Bears, and so on?
The pack is organized by grade, starting at Kindergarten with the Lions, then going up to 1st Grade with the Tigers, 2nd Grade with the Wolves, 3rd Grade with the Bears, 4th Grade with the Webelos, and 5th Grade with the second Webelos level, the Arrow of Light. After 5th Grade, Scouts are no longer Cub Scouts and move on to being Boy Scouts.
- When and where do you have meetings?
We have pack meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-7:30PM, in Humphrey Hall at Westbury United Methodist Church. Pack meetings are where the whole pack comes together, and we strongly recommend all Scouts and parents try to attend if at all possible. We also have den meetings in the upstairs classrooms at WUMC, where the kids break out into their separate dens, two Tuesdays each month — you can look at the Calendar to see when the different meetings are scheduled.
- Are parents allowed at the den meetings?
Definitely; we encourage parents to come to any and all meetings and join in as much as they feel comfortable. Some of the projects the different dens do may require the Scouts get some assistance from parents, so they more help we can get, the better.
- Who runs the pack?
Pack 705 is run completely by parents of the Scouts in the pack, who volunteer their time to keep things running and enable to Scouts to have fun, learn, and advance:
- The Cubmaster is in charge of the pack as a whole and runs the pack meetings with the help of the Assistant Cubmaster.
- The different dens are run by Den Leaders, who plan and run the den meetings and help the Scouts in their den work towards advancing to their next rank.
- There is also a Pack Committee made up of parents who serve in different roles, like Treasurer, Outdoor Activities Chair, Membership Chair, Fundraising Chair, and Blue & Gold Banquet Chair, with the Pack Committee Chair overseeing everything.
- What do I do if I want to help out?
We welcome any help from parents that we can get! If you’re interested in being on the Committee, serving in a leadership role, or just helping set up for meetings, email Jeremy at email@example.com or Don at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
- Is there any kind of training involved for the adult leaders?
Yes; all adults who register as either a leader or a Pack Committee member must complete an online Youth Protection Training course. It’s free and pretty straightforward, and it doesn’t take more than an hour or two.
- Does my child need to wear a uniform to the meetings?
We encourage all Scouts to wear the official uniform to pack meetings, especially if they’re going to be involved in a flag ceremony. Den meetings are a little more laid-back, although most Scouts will still wear a Pack 705 t-shirt on those days. You can get pack t-shirts at the pack meetings, and you can get the official uniform at one of the Scout Shops located nearby: https://shac.org/scout-shop
- Does the pack do a lot of stuff outdoors?
We definitely try to! We typically have two pack campouts a year, one in the fall and one in the spring, and everybody in the pack is invited. Sometimes dens will have their own additional campouts, as well, especially with the Webelos. We also do Rocket Days, field trips to wildlife parks, fishing trips, the Raingutter Regatta, overnight visits to the Houston Zoo, trips to Scout Fair, and sometimes even longer excursions to places like the U.S.S. Lexington down in Corpus Christi.
- Is there some sort of fundraising involved?
While the dues help to raise funds for the pack, yes, we also do two fundraisers a year — again, one in the fall and one in the spring. The Scouts aren’t required to sell anything if they don’t want to, but we definitely encourage them to participate.