The monthly pack meetings are like milestones that mark achievements along the Cub Scout trail and celebrate accomplishments along the way.
The monthly pack meeting brings together the youth from every den, their leaders, and their families, to participate in a large-scale event that serves as a showcase for everything the youth have learned and done in their individual den meetings. The pack meeting gives the youth a larger experience beyond their own den, and helps them to connect their individual activities to the entire Cub Scouting program.
The Pack Meeting Location
Pack meetings are usually held at the chartered organization’s facility or at another location provided or arranged by the organization. The meeting space will need to be large enough to accommodate all Cub Scouts and leaders in several dens, along with their families, and provide space for exhibits of den projects, presentations such as den skits and stunts, group activities, and pack ceremonies.
Pack meetings are generally held in the same place and at the same time each month, except when they involve outdoor activities. Blue and gold banquets, derbies, and other special events may also require a different meeting place.
Pack Meeting Attendance
Cub Scouting is a family program. Pack meetings are for families—parents or guardians, brothers, sisters, and other family members—as well as all the Cub Scouts, den leaders, and pack leaders. District Scouters, such as the unit commissioner, should always be invited to attend, along with members from the chartered organization, community leaders, or anyone the pack leadership wishes to invite. Visitors from another pack, a troop, or a crew may also be present.
The Pack Meeting Agenda
Cub Scout pack meetings include the following parts:
- Before the Meeting. Adult leaders in the pack gather to be sure the meeting place is prepared: the room is set up, exhibits and displays are prepared, equipment is ready, and the agenda is distributed.
- Gathering. A gathering time provides interesting things for the youth and families to do while waiting for everyone else to arrive.
- Opening. A brief ceremony marks the beginning of the meeting. Pack ceremonies often consist of a flag presentation, a brief prayer, or a song. The Cubmaster also welcomes and introduces new members and special guests.
- Program. The program section of the meeting may include presentations and performances by the dens that demonstrate things the youth have learned during the month, activities that involve the entire audience, or a featured event.
- Recognition and Rank Advancement. An important part of the pack meeting is formal recognition given to the Cub Scouts who have earned badges, adventure loops, pins or other awards, and the leaders who have earned training awards, religious emblems, or other community awards.
- Closing. The closing begins with announcements about special events, coming activities, the theme for the next month, and the date of the next pack meeting, followed by a closing ceremony.
- After the Meeting. After the pack meeting, many packs provide refreshments for an informal fellowship session, and the leaders and the youth help to put the meeting space back in order.
The outline above describes a typical pack meeting but is not mandatory. The pack meeting can be varied and adapted to suit the needs of the pack or those of a specific activity.
Pack Meeting Activities
The activities at a pack meeting can vary widely depending on the theme and current adventures. Here are some common activities.
Simple ceremonies open and close pack meetings and mark important events or accomplishments in the lives of the youth and families. These are some typical kinds of pack ceremonies:
- Opening ceremonies set the stage for the pack meeting and can relate to the monthly theme.
- Flag ceremonies teach the youth how to handle and display the American flag.
- Induction ceremonies welcome new youth and their families into the pack.
- Advancement ceremonies celebrate the completion of requirements for Tiger, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light Award.
- Graduation or transition ceremonies can be used when youth transition from one phase of the program to another on the Scouting trail.
- Recognition ceremonies are used to recognize leaders, den chiefs, youth, or family members for special service, activities, or tenure.
- Closing ceremonies bring the meeting to a close and send everyone home with inspirational ideas to remember.
Dens may present skits at the pack meeting. These can be pantomimes, sketches, or short plays. The main purpose of skits is for the youth—and the audience—to have fun. But as the youth practice performing in these informal skits, their confidence and leadership skills begin to develop as well.
Playing is an important part of the Cub Scout program. The youth enjoy playing games, and games teach the youth important values such as good sportsmanship, self-confidence, and fair play in an environment where taking part and doing one’s best are more important than winning.
Demonstrations and Displays
During their den meetings, Cub Scouts will have learned skills that they can demonstrate at the pack meeting. They will have worked on craft projects that can be displayed. These demonstrations and displays give the youth a sense of pride in their own accomplishments. The Cub Scouts are also able to see what goes on in the other dens and how their den activities are a part of the bigger picture of what the pack, and Cub Scouting, is all about.
What is a Pack?
A Pack is a Unit of Cub Scouts. The Cub Scout pack is sponsored by a “Chartered Organization”, which is a community organization such as a business, service organization, school, labor group or religious institution. The chartered organization is responsible for selecting leadership, providing a meeting place and promoting a good program. The chartered organization representative is the liaison between the pack, the chartered organization, and the BSA.
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