Joining Pack 1000

Pack 1000 is for boys between roughly 6 and 11 or 1st and 5th grade and their parents. The boundaries are flexible: the youngest boys should be ready to participate in group activities and the oldest may be ready to join the Boy Scout program. All activities are optional. If, for instance, your son isn't ready for overnight camping, there are plenty of other fun things to do.The program is designed to make it easier for you to do things with your son.  This is a nice way of saying: all events should be attended by a cub and one parent or guardian unless special accommodations are made. To join, follow these steps:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the Boy Scouts of America, their vision of Cub Scouting, their history, and their Frequently Asked Questions. While they offer some guidance, most of the decisions about what the boys do are made by the parents who together run the Pack.
  2. Fill out the application. You can get a PDF here or just pick up a form at a meeting. 
  3. Write a check for $40 to "Pack 1000". We turn around and give 100% of this to the national BSA. This covers the registration with the national organization and a subscription to Boys' Life, Scouting's monthly magazine. Much of the registration money goes to insurance.
  4. Check out the schedule for upcoming events. Our meetings are generally on the first Friday of each month and then we try to schedule at least one other event each month. We don't meet during the summer.
  5. Get a uniform. The local Scout Shop is a good source. Our cubs generally wear the basic blue uniform, sometimes called a "class a uniform", to meetings and events. This begins with the shirt, pants, belt and neckerchief. 
  6. Have fun!

Parents must also make time to help plan and participate. Most of these steps are very simple and don't take more than a few hours over the year to participate. Shouldering the responsibility for making sure things happen is the most important part of the job.

  1. Parents must take some basic training. The Archdiocese of Baltimore requires all adults participating in youth activities to take their STAND training and get certified. For more information, see their site
  2. The BSA have their own web course called "Youth Protection". All you need to do is go to MyScouting.org, create an account and take the web course
  3. Parents should aim to serve the Pack in at least one of these ways during a year:
    1. Take on a major role in the Pack leadership (Treasurer, Committee Chair, Cubmaster)
    2. Take on a major role in running the Dens by being a Den Leader.
    3. Serve on an event organization committee for a hike, Pinewood Derby, charity event, or something similar.
    4. Help with paperwork and administrative details. (Website maintenance, rechartering, etc.)
  4. Those taking on major roles should fill out an adult registration. This also brings some insurance coverage.
  5. Have fun with your son!

You can always contact us by writing  info@pack1000.org