Review the Pack 41 Parent Essentials Guide for everything you need to get oriented: https://media.trooptrack.com/troop_documents/49515/document/original/Pack_41_Essentials_for_Parents.pdf

Cub Scout Pack 41 - Hingham, MA (Est. 1970)

Join Cub Scouts Pack 41 Hingham!

For boys and girls in grades K-5 at PRS, East, and St. Paul schools (although children from any school or community may join)


Pack 41 Cub Scouts primarily serves the Plymouth River School, East School, and St Paul School. Pack 41 is one of the larger Cub Scout packs in Hingham, and youths from any school or community are welcome, and we have participants from most Hingham schools.

What is Cub Scouts?  The Cub Scouting Adventure is a year-round family program designed for boys and girls in grades K-5 (5/6 to 10/11 years of age).  

What's the parent commitment? For the Lion (K) and Tiger (1st Grade) dens, parents must stay for the duration of any scout activity, or have a designated adult responsible for their scout stay for the duration.  In typical years, Wolf (2nd grade) and higher, drop off and pick up is ok.  

The Cub Scout program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, family understanding, character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Young boys and girls grow up fast. Give your son or daughter a valuable gift by encouraging them to join Cub Scouting today. The time you invest in them today will make a difference in the person they become tomorrow.



What are some of the activities Cub Scouts do?

  • Pinewood Derby races that are more exciting than NASCAR!  Hearts pound and the boys cheer as the cars zoom down the track.  Parents who are still kids-at-heart race cars against other boys.  It’s the loudest, wildest, fastest day of the year!




  • Age appropriate outdoor fun!The Cub Scout camping program includes both day camps and overnight experiences at facilities in our area.  There’s nothing like learning to shoot an arrow on the archery range, performing skits, or roasting marshmallows around a campfire.  Did you know in scouting your scout will:
    • Learn to safely use a knife (3rd grade and above)
    • Make a campfire
    • Cook actual meals on a campfire
    • Learn all sorts of knots for appropriate occasions
    • Perform skits in front of the pack


Cub Scouting is not a spectator sport. The ultimate goal of Cub Scouts is to bring the family together in positive activities.  That’s where the parents come in.

As a Cub Scout parent you can expect usually 4 events per month, although it can vary +/- 1-2 depending on the month.  Events are as follows:

  • Your scout will join a “Den.” with usually 2 Den meetings per month.  A Den is a group of boys or girls in the same grade.  On average, each Den will meet twice a month for 1-1.5 hrs to work on activities and projects, earn awards for their work, and to have fun!  Den levels are as follows, and can range in size from 6-20+ scouts:
    • Lion Den: Kindergarten
    • Tiger Den: 1st Grade
    • Wolf Den: 2nd Grade
    • Bear Den: 3rd Grade
    • Webelos 1 Den: 4th grade (Webelos stands for WE will BE LOyal scouts)
    • Webelos 2/Arrow of Light Den: 5th Grade
      • In Spring of the Webelos 2/Arrow of Light school year, scouts can cross over to BSA (formerly known as Boy Scouts of America) and join either Troop 1 or Troop 4 in Hingham; BSA Troops go from end of 5th grade thru age 18, and scouts can have a chance to earn Eagle before they turn 18
    • It is not required to earn prior year ranks to join cub scouts... scouts may join at any level... scouts that join as Wolves, Bears, Webelos, Arrow of Light, etc. all are welcomed in the pack and can begin working on go forward requirements when they join
  • All dens together makeup the "Pack"- with usually 1 Pack meeting per month The Pack is the full group of all Dens from K-5.  
  • Participate in Special Pack events - with usually 1 Special Pack Event per month(sometimes combined with the Pack meeting).  These include:
    • Fall campingovernight at Wompatuck
      • Pack 41 is committed to making sure anyone can easily camp with us, even if you've never gone camping- we make sure camping is fun for scouts and easy for parents
    • Winter overnight ski trip to Pat's Peak (sleeping on air mattresses overnight in a lodge on the mountain)
    • Spring Pinewood Derbycar race (with trophies for winners)
      • Scouts work with parents to cut, sand, and paint a race car made of "pinewood" - be sure to add weights to get to 5.0 oz!
    • Fall and Spring Fishing Derby (even if you've never gone fishing, we make sure anyone can fish)
    • End of year Family Camp at Camp Norsein Kingston, MA 
      • This is the BEST EVENT IN CUB SCOUTS with the true classic camp experience on Father's Day weekend- guided activities like fishing, bb guns, archery, paddle boats, campfires, skits/songs... and anyone can easily camp for this- the camp coordinators at Camp Norse provide meals and guides for all activities
    • Hikes at interesting locations around MA, including Blue Hills, Wompatuck, Bare Cove, and other hiking trails
    • Space Derby (new for the 2022-2023 school year)
  • To make memories that will last a lifetime.  You and your child will go outdoors, indoors, throughout the community, and end up learning from each other and sharing moments that will be impossible to forget.  Many parents have told us how they cherish the opportunities to camp, fish, hike, and make s'mores.  Some parents tell us they probably would not have taken their kids on such experiences without the Cub Scouts making that easy and fun
  • To have fun.  There is no doubt about it; Cub Scouting continues to be one of the most exciting programs for youths.  From camping trips and a host of other activities, to the smile on your child's face when they earn their first badge, you and your child will have fun!
  • Pack 41 has had the good fortune of a highly engaged and close knit group of Leaders that allow the pack to operate successfully- and we are always looking for parents willing to join our leadership!  "Many hands make light work" is a common Cub Scout saying, and it applies more than anywhere to our group of leaders.  
    • Roles that are available for adults include:
      • Cubmaster
      • Committee Chair
      • Den Co-Leaders
      • Assistant Cubmaster(s)
      • Pack Committee Member
    • In particular, if you are planning to sign up your child as a kindergartner or 1st grader, we need adult volunteers to be Den Co-Leaders to run those dens.  We cannot field a new den without adult volunteers to lead the Den
  • TO REGISTER TO JOIN SCOUTS, you must first do so via our parent organization, the Mayflower council of BSA (which runs many of the scout packs and troops in SE Mass).  To join:  

     

    1. Go to Mayflowerbsa.org

    2. Hit join scouting button lower left corner

    3. On next page, enter Hingham zip code 02043, then the cub scouts button and find/apply

    4. On next page, click "show results" blue button 

    5. You will see "Pack 0041 Friends of the Plymouth River School"

    6. hit apply now for Pack 41 and it will bring you through the joining process

    7. You will be asked to create an account, including making an initiation fee payment to Mayflower council


Costs to join Cub Scouts:
  • When you first join via the process above, you will pay a one time initiation fee to Mayflower Council (the parent organization of Pack 41 serving many packs and troops across SE Mass) which will be prorated depending on the time of the year (see fee schedule in this link: https://www.mayflowerbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/Membership-Fees-by-Program-August-1-2021-Final.pdf) This fee covers costs associated with running BSA in Massachusetts including the cost of running the large camping areas like Camp Squanto and the staff that run the many council wide events and operations.  You will only pay this initiation fee direct to the council when you sign up via the steps above.  The charges are prorated based on month of year joined- Most scouts join in September, for an initiation fee of $65.  However, depending on the month of the year, the fee will change... in January the cost would be $145, in Feb it's $135, in March it's $125... etc. 
  • Pack 41 charges an annual fee (separate from the one above) that covers most of our costs to run the pack, including neckerchiefs/slides, uniform patches, rank achievement awards, pinewood derby cars/trophies, handbooks, ongoing annual dues to Mayflower Council, etc..  Pack 41's annual fee for the 2022-2023 school year will be $275, billed in September
  • Some Pack events will have a one off fee associated with the event.  For example, Family Camp has a separate fee covering 6 meals across Friday dinner, Saturday 3 meals, and Sunday breakfast, plus costs for camp staff that weekend and other costs.  We will communicate the costs for specific event fees as they are determined in advance of the (few) events that require them
    • Family camp in 2022 cost $75 per person attending
    • Ski trip overnight at Pat's Peak will have an incremental cost
Uniforms


  • Uniform patches are supplied by Pack 41, but uniforms must be purchased by scouts.  Uniforms can be purchased at New England Base Camp Scout Store at 411 Unquity Rd, Milton, MA 02186 (near Blue Hills, inside of The Egan Center building), or online from scoutshop.org 
  • Required uniform pieces, purchased by you:
  • Optional uniform pieces, purchased by you but entirely optional:
  • Hat - note there are different hats for each level- Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos - these are available at the Scout Store at New England Base Camp in Milton or online from scoutshop.org
  • Required, and provided by Pack 41:
    • Neckerchief 
    • Neckerchief slide
    • Uniform patches (Den #, watercress, council patch, pack 41 red numbers)
  • Trooptrack software- upon joining Pack 41, you will receive a notification to register for trooptrack, which is the software we use to run the pack, once we get your application back from Mayflower council (the steps noted earlier in this email).  In Trooptrack you can pay dues, RSVP for events, and also subscribe to our pack calendar (which has a handy feature to link all your events to your phone's calendar)


For more information on Cub Scouting visit: www.scouting.org


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