Welcome to the Pack!

Below are frequently asked questions from our new families. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please contact us!

Calendar and Communication

  • We use Scoutbook for internal communication: calendaring, RSVPs, tracking accomplishments, den leader contact info, announcements, etc. When you join, the committee chair will give you a log-in and away you go! It’s one stop coordination that integrates with your current email address. Scoutbook supports iCal syncing so your Scouting events can automatically update to your personal electronic calendar. Follow the link for more info on Scoutbook.
  • We also use Sign-up Genius to track volunteering time slots for our few large events, such as the annual pancake breakfast.

Uniforms

  • Uniforms come in two types, Class A and Class B. Class A is the formal button down shirt with appropriate patches, kerchief, and trousers. Class B is informal, a pack T-shirt worn with your choice of casual pants or shorts.
    • Class A uniforms can be purchased on-line or in person at the Scout Shop.
    • Class B T-shirts are included in your pack membership.
  • “How to wear the uniforms” guide is available to download.
  • The folks at the Scout Shop can help you find the items you need. Your den and pack leaders are also good resources for uniform questions.
  • Secondhand uniforms are available at low cost at the uniform exchange each 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30 at the Peter J. King Family Foundation Leadership Center: 6202 Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling, MN 55111. Contact us for more information.

Cub Scout Dens

  • Lions – Kindergarten
  • Tigers – 1st Grade
  • Wolves – 2nd Grade
  • Bears – 3rd Grade
  • Webelos – 4th Grade
  • Webelo Arrows – 5th Grade

Location

  • Our home base is Christ Memorial Lutheran Church. Meetings are held here unless otherwise specified. The address is 13501 Sunset Trail, Plymouth, MN  55441. We also frequently meet at the nearby 15-acre Sunset Hill Nature Center.

Forms

Fees

  • The pack membership registration fee is $120 per year. It is a bargain and includes pack T-shirt, badges, neckerchief, an overnight family camp each Spring, a handbook, snacks at meetings, and a year full of fun!
  • Overnight and day camps may have additional fees, typically $20-$70 per camp.
  • Financial aid is available through our pack’s Committee Chair. Contact us for more info.

Fundraising

  • Fundraising helps keep our Scouting fees low! We have three main fundraisers per year.
    • Popcorn and Wreath fund raisers run concurrently in September and October. Scouts sell them door to door, and at stands near store entrances (e.g. Cub Foods). Folks who know you are a Scout may ask for these – they are very popular! Scouts learn salesmanship, goal setting, adult interaction, public speaking, budgeting, money handling, and more. Proceeds pay for pack T-shirts, camp fees, and other pack fees, as well as supporting our Scouts BSA council and camp grounds. Scouts can earn big prizes and even college scholarship funding for reaching sales goals.
    • Pancake breakfast held in Spring. A fun event for the community!

Parent Meetings

  •  Parents are encouraged to participate in the pack’s monthly planning meeting. Parents plan. Kids who attend often sit quietly together and work on projects or have screentime. We cover important information and make Pack decisions at these meetings. We encourage parent feedback and participation!

Den Leaders

  • Scouts BSA has leader guides and materials to make being a den leader easy, fun and rewarding. Click here to see den leader resources!!

Recruitment

  • Each one, bring one! Please share the fun, and bring a friend to join! Your friends are welcome to attend a den meeting, a pack meeting, or an event to explore the opportunity to join our pack.

Youth Protection Training

  • Scouts BSA takes youth protection very seriously. All Scout parents and guardians, and all Scout leadership are required to complete youth protection training (YPT).  Parents also lead their Scout(s) each year in an age appropriate youth protection conversation (guidance found on pages 14-20 of the YPT guidebook). Parents also lead Scouts in an on-line youth safety training each year.

Volunteering

  • We are a volunteer run organization. Please consider a project or role that fits your talents and schedule! There are lots of ways to help from bringing snacks, running to the Scout Shop, setting up for a ceremony, being a den leader, and so many more. Please fill out our family talent survey to help us match you to a job that fits your skills and availability. Thank you!!!
  • Meeting set-up and clean-up usually involves putting away folding chairs. Jump on in!

Photo Policy

  • Pack 477 will take steps to respect your photo privacy preferences. Please see our opt-out photo policy and let us know your preferences.

Additional Opportunities

  • When you’re in the swing of things with the Pack and hungry for more, our District offers an incredible array of opportunities to our Scouts. Below are a few of the optional opportunities:
    • STEM IN SCOUTING | NOVA AND SUPERNOVA | The NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with activities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Scouts. Requirements and activities for Supernova motivate youth, and recognize in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.
    • ROUNDTABLE | A gathering of volunteer leaders and parents once a month. Those who attend receive important information, learn about upcoming events and activities, and socialize with their peers. This is a great opportunity for adults to share ideas, challenges, and learn from one another.
    • RELIGIOUS EMBLEMS PROGRAMS | Scouting offers an optional program for nearly every faith. These programs are administered by respective approved religious organizations. Once completed, the Scout is allowed to wear the emblem on their official uniform for life.

Pack 477 Scouts on an overnight camp take a “one inch hike” to closely examine the natural world around them:

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