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INTRODUCTION TO CUB SCOUTS AND PACK 532 - SOME BACKGROUND

Welcome to the Adventures of Cub Scouting and Pack 532!

My name is Lars Pekay and I am Cub Master of Pack 532 and I am excited to invite you to join Pack 532 serving Basswood Elementary and the surrounding area in Maple Grove.    I believe you will find, as I have, that scouting provides both fun, enriching experiences for you and your son and teaches strong values that will serve him throughout his life. 

I have two boys involved in scouting. My younger son (Dylan) is currently a Wolf Cub Scout (in 2nd grade) in Pack 532.  My other Son (Trevor) was a Cub Scout for three years with Pack 532 and is now a Boy Scout with Troop 584.  They have both enjoyed their experiences in scouting, not only the activities with the den and pack; but also, the friendships they have made with their fellow scouts.  The choice to be in scouts is entirely theirs and they continue to pursue this experience with passion.

Meetings & Activities

The Pack meets regularly as a group once a month from September through May (corresponding with the school year) with summer camping opportunities also available.  Our Pack meetings are on Tuesday nights at Basswood Elementary and last about 75 minutes.

During the monthly Pack meetings, the scouts wear their uniforms to promote Pack unity.  Each meeting begins with a flag ceremony led by the den of honor (rotates each month).  During these meetings we celebrate each scouts’ achievements from the previous month,  discuss a core theme/value (led by the den of honor), and bond through a Pack activity.   

We also have several special events that the scouts really enjoy:

  • Popcorn      / wreath fundraising (fall)
  • Pinewood      Derby (winter)
  • Raingutter      regatta (spring)
  • Polar      Camp (winter)
  • Family      Camp (spring)
  • Summer      Camp (summer)
  • Fishing      Day (ice – winter, lake – summer)

The cub scout pack is organized into different ‘dens’ which group the boys by age.    These dens meet from 1 – 4 times per month, getting together to do projects, have discussions, play games, and go see points of interest in the community and the Twin Cities  (such as the State Capital, the Maple Grove Police Station, parks,  etc.).    It is during these den meetings and at home with their parents that scouts earn awards, advancements, belt loops, and patches.  Cub Scouting is participation based with the scouts earning awards by doing their best and fully engaging in the activity.

 

            Den / Scout Rank Levels:

  • Lion  -  Kindergarten  (we are one of the only packs that offer this program)
  • Tiger – 1st Grade
  • Wolf – 2nd Grade
  • Bear – 3rd Grade
  • Webelos – 4th & 5th Grade

Mechanics of Pack 532

Our Pack is a volunteer, parent led experience that leverages the skills and support from parents of our scouts.    The pack is run by a pack committee, run by a committee chair and composed of den leaders, Cubmaster, Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, Camping Chair, Community Service Chair, Advancements Chair, and Website Chair.   We are always looking for more leaders and volunteers to continue to improve our program and service the needs of the scouts.   As the leaders are all connected with the Pack through sons who are in the pack, there is a great passion and commitment that helps to make this a strong program.   As scouts continue to crossover to boy scouts, there is always an influx of new energy, talent, and ideas that keeps the program fresh, you can be part of our leadership – we would love to have you!

Our vehicles of communication are through monthly pack / parent meetings, weekly email blasts, website (which has complete schedule of events) and den meetings.   If there are ever any questions, please feel free to contact any of the leaders or send a note to me directly (Lars Pekay – lars.pekay@gmail.com).    Our leadership group meets monthly to plan events and discuss pack operation to ensure we are delivering to the scouts the program they deserve.

The consistency of the program is provided by a high quality structure and resources which are provided by the several overarching organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Northern Star Council, and the Northern Lights District (which our pack is a part of).    Our chartering organization is the Lord of Life Lutheran Church. 

Funding for our pack and for the scouts comes from three main sources:  First, parents through yearly dues, camping fees, and the annual Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign.   Second, the annual pack popcorn and wreath fundraiser which occurs every Fall.    Third, private donations and other Boy Scout Fundraisers (such as the Double Dog Dare event which occurred recently in St. Paul) that support the council and camps which we get to use.     IMPORTANT:  If a scout cannot afford the yearly dues or uniform or camping fees, but wants to participate, please contact me.  We have access to reused uniforms through the district and our pack has done a very good job of supporting scouts who need assistance.    Scouting truly is for everyone if there is a passion and belief in the core values.

Scout Safety – a promise we take seriously and are committed to.   In cub scouting we require what is referred to as two-deep leadership.  The core of this principle is that there must be two adults at all cub scout events (one of which must be a registered leader).   In addition, there is never to be any one on one contact between adults and scouts that is not within sight of other adults/scouts.   All leaders have gone through both a background check and basic leader training.

 

SCOUTING MISSION:  Who Are We (and You if you join us)

We believe the overall  purpose of scouting is to prepare future leaders and follow the core values and mission of Boy Scouts:

It is the purpose of the Boy Scouts of America to provide an effective program designed to instill within youth desirable qualities of character, to train them in the responsibilities of participatory citizenship, and to help develop their personal fitness, providing this country and world with citizens who:

  • Are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit
  • Have a high degree of      self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and      resourcefulness
  • Have personal and stable      values firmly based on religious concepts  (no specific religion is      focused as this is a personal choice)
  • Have a desire and the      skills to help others
  • Understand the      principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems
  • Are knowledgeable about      and take pride in their American heritage and understand America's role in      the world
  • Have a keen respect for      the basic rights of all people
  • Are prepared to fulfill      the varied responsibilities of participating in and giving leadership to      American society and in other forums around the world

 

It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based upon those found in the Scout Oath and Law.

 

Cub Scoutings Core Values:

                        Citizenship                   Compassion                 Cooperation

                        Courage                      Faith                            Health & Fitness

                        Honesty                       Perseverance              Positive Attitude

                        Resourcefulness          Respect                       Responsibility

Here is a link to some more general information about scouting:  http://www.boyscouttrail.com/cub-scouts/cub-scouts.asp

 

Thank you again for your interest in Pack 532 and feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have.

 

Lars Pekay

Cubmaster, Pack 532

Lars.pekay@gmail.com

 

  If you have ANY questions, please contact us using the Contact Us page.