Frequently asked questions

When and how often do Pack 740 Scouts meet?

Pack 740 meets weekly during the school year and less frequently during the summer. Currently, all of our Dens are meeting on Tuesdays or Saturdays each week. Lions (Kindergarten-age Cub Scouts) only meet once a month. If our schedule doesn't work for you and your family, don't worry! There is sure to be an option that fits with another Pack in our area.

How do I sign my child up for Scouting?

We are so excited that your family will joining Cub Scouts! There are two ways to jump in: 1. You can apply online: 2. You can contact us on this website and request a paper application for you and your child. Here's that link: click here.

Can children with special needs get involved with Scouting?

Absolutely! Scouting seeks to provide the positive outcomes of character development and leadership skills for all eligible youth. Since its founding in 1910, the BSA has guided young men and women of all abilities down their path to success. Based on the individual needs and circumstances involved, unit leadership will work with a child’s parents to ensure a challenging and rewarding Scouting experience.

How much time do I need to devote to Scouting?

The time you and your child commit to Scouting is entirely up to you. Our dedicated Den Leaders will give your child every opportunity they need to advance to his/her next rank. That's not to say that we don't challenge our Scouts to go the extra mile by earning more adventure loops and awards. Rest assure that rank advancement is absolutely possible for every Scout. Pack 740 is made up of families and Scouts in a variety of life phases and circumstances. We are friends, neighbors, and Scouters. Together, we work to make Scouting an enhancement to our Scouts' lives and not just another task!

How much does Scouting cost?

We want to emphasize our belief that NO child who wants to be a Scout should ever be denied the opportunity because of money. If you are in this situation, we strongly encourage you to speak with our Recruitment Chair regarding opportunities to help your family get involved. Scouting Dues are $175.00. It covers dues for 2021 (January-December) and includes national membership, scout handbook, and advancments/awards. Additional fees will come up for things like camping, fieldtrips, and other activities/events. Typically, those fees will not be more than $10.00 unless it's a much bigger event.

Can we join at any point during the year?

Absolutely! The registration process doesn't change, but keep in mind that the later in the year your Scout gets in, the more dense the workload will be to make advancement by the end of the year. From past observation, we have Scouts join two months before the end of the year. With the help of their family and Den Leader, they managed to finish their requirements right in the nick of time.

What do Cub Scouts do throughout the year?

The Scouting year runs from June to May. Each month during that time, Cub Scouts will meet 2-3 times with their Dens (3-7 Scouts) and 1 time as a Pack. During Den meetings, Scouts engage in fun and enriching activities that teach new skills and expose them to lessons and concepts that will serve them well in life. Pack 740 also goes camping at least twice a year (once in the Fall, and once in the Spring). We're working to schedule one or two more trips in the Spring! This year is a special one due to COVID-19 and we're leaning INTO the challenges ahead by making sure that our Scouts have as many opportunities to be outside as possible. To do this, we're planning at least two additional Pack events each month where will we will engage in activities such as hiking, community service, historical tours, or even outdoor workouts! Don't worry, we'll get creative! We're excited and optimistic about the opportunities ahead to lean into Scouting more than we do under normal circumstances. We want to make sure our Scouts have ample opportunity to be outside and to observe and experience what adaptability can look and feel like. In other words, it isn't a dark time for us. It's actually an amazing teaching opportunity and an opportunity to lean in to our better selves as Parents and Scout Leaders. It's going to be a fun year!

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