Frequently Asked Questions
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What does Cub Scouts do?
Cub Scouts helps instill lifelong skills in youth through engaging activities with a focus on teamwork, the outdoors, leadership, citizenship and community. The program is put on by local groups called packs, consisting of families working together. You can find more information about Cub Scouting at the national site.
Does my scout need to be a student at East Side Elementary?
No, while most of our scouts and families are East Side families this is not a requirement.
Who is able to join?
Pack 744 is open to all boys kindergarten through 5th grade for the school year 2022-2023.
When do you meet?
Monthly pack (all grade) gatherings happen once a month on Tuesday evenings (usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30-7:30 pm during the school year. Den (grade specific) gatherings happen 2-3 times a month at a day and time which works for the den.
What is the time commitment?
About 1 hour a week for a gathering and activities with longer events (such as camping weekends or half-day special events) about 4 times a year. Scouts and families may optionally work at home on extra advancement and program activities as they choose.
Where do you meet?
Pack gatherings typically meet at East Side Elementary or parks around East Cobb. Den gatherings meet at a location of the den's choosing (such as a park, community area, or the home of a family in the den)
How many scouts are in the pack?
Currently we have about 40 scouts spread across all grades.
Who runs the pack?
Pack 744 is run by our all-volunteer parents/guardians who have current scouts in the pack or who have been previously in the pack; the current Cubmaster (pack leader) is David Linsey.
What is the difference between a pack and a den?
The pack encompasses the dens for all grades K-5 and gets together about once a month for larger events and camping. The dens are grade-specific and meet about twice monthly in these smaller groups to work on activities and advancement unique to each grade level.
What are the fees?
For the 2022-2023 school year fees for new scouts are $160 and returning scouts are $135. This fee includes registration with the national Boy Scouts of America, program materials, all pack activities (excluding camping), a pack t-shirt, maintenance of the pack camping equipment, advancement awards and recognition, and more for a full year of scouting fun!
Are there additional costs?
The formal cub scouts blue uniform is purchased by families for approximately $125 and will last about 3 years. Camping fees to cover food and activities are typically $20-$50 per person for a weekend. Families also own their personal camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, etc.) which will last for many years.
What about fundraising?
Cub Scouts raises money during the fall selling popcorn and during the spring selling camp cards (coupon books). Scouts themselves keep a significant portion of the proceeds which they can use to pay for pack events such as yearly registration and camping fees.
Tell me about camping!
At the pack-level we go camping at least twice a year usually to one of the two Atlanta area scout camps: Camp Bert Adams in Covington or Camp Woodruff in Blairsville. The Friday to Sunday camping is full of activities, often including shooting sport events, hiking, gaga ball, kickball, fishing, a campfire program, and of course great campfire food! The pack provides equipment for handling the cooking, along with bulk purchasing the food. The fee to cover the food and activities is typically $20 to $50 per attendee. Families are responsible for their tent, sleeping bag, and personal items and the pack will guide new families on what to purchase and bring. Personal camping equipment lasts many years. For 3rd, 4th and 5th grade scouts, there is typically one additional special camping opportunity in the year. Finally, there are numerous weekend and week-long summer camping options! While camping is optional, it is highly encouraged and the pack will help demystify it!
What can adults do?
Scouting packs are entirely volunteer-run. Adults of scouts help in a variety of ways whether as a formal leader at the pack-level (such as cubmaster, committee chair, treasurer, fundraising, quartermaster, grubmaster), den-level (den leader, assistant den leader), or informally as they are able (organizing special events, sharing their knowledge with scouts).
What health policies are followed?
We follow current Cobb County School policies, and any facility/location policies, whichever is most stringent. Additionally, we follow the national BSA policies and precautions. Families can reach out to their den leader or pack leadership with any concerns, and/or to work on a safe and fun plan that works for them. As a program that focuses on the outdoors, Cub Scouting is a great way to keep having fun as a family in a safe environment.
Is attending the group gatherings required?
Attending group gatherings be they pack or den-level is not required, especially if the scout or family is uncomfortable (and no scout should attend group events if ill). We can provide materials for the gatherings so you can do them at home with your scout. Additionally, all advancement can be done at home, and the Atlanta BSA Council has put together a great at-home family-led set of adventure plans to follow!
Can I join any time?
Yes! Most new scouts join between May and August as Cub Scouts aligns to the school year, but scouts may join any time during the year. Fees will be pro-rated. Scouts are able to catch up on advancement for their grade any time during the school year. Cub Scout advancement resets each school year for the scout's current grade, and a cub scout can jump into the program at any time at their grade level. Previous ranks do not need to be earned in Cub Scouts.
What if my child is in sports part of the year?
We have many families who have busy schedules during certain sporting seasons during the year. This can be accommodated without an issue. We encourage you to still register as soon as possible so you are included in pack communications and have access to scouting resources. There are at-home family-led adventure plans you can follow on your own time.