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WELCOME to CUB SCOUT PACK 294 in Scappoose, OR!

Pack 294 has been serving families in Scappoose since 1951.

Welcome! We are very happy to have you stop by.  We have been a member of the community for 60 years.  We help to strengthen families by bringing them together in wholesome activities and promoting the values of the Scout oath and law.

Scout Oath: on my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law: a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Pack 294 usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Grant Watts Elementary.  New families are always welcome.  Please contact webmaster to verify date, time and place, or check out our facebook page at facebook/ Cub Scout Pack 294 Scappoose OR

We belong to the BSA Cascade Pacific Council (Chinook District), and we are chartered by the Kiwanis Club of Scappoose.

Updated 11/17/2015

Why Cub Scouts?

"There are many youth organizations to chose from. Every parent understands the value of spending personal time with his or her children.  Yet in our demanding, fast-paced society, we often find ourselves looking back at missed opportunities.  More than any other program available today, Cub Scouting supports parent and child relationships in ways that result in memories of time well spent together."  

Cub Scouting's strength is that it is a well-funded program positively affecting every area of a boy's and girl's life.

Cub Scouting encourages kids to achieve deeper appreciation of others, including peers, parents ad other adults.  Early in their scouting experience, scouts learn the value of serving others.

Cub Scouting give children a sense that they are important as individuals.  They learn that their scouting family cares about what happens to them and that they can care for what happens to others.

Cub Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self esteem.  As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, a young person can look at themselves in the mirror and be proud.

Updated 6/6/2018

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cub Scouting?  Cub Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and their parents and with the addition of Family Scouting , we also have a separate den of girls as well. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness.  Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide scouts through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement.

What are the requirements to join Cub Scouts?  Cub Scouts has a young learner program for Kindergartners and First Graders that meets just like the other grades but requires  an adult partner to attend all activities.  This is usually a parent, but it can be any adult.   The youngest scouts, both boys and girls,  are called the "Lions" for Kinder and the "Tigers" for 1st Graders.  

After Lions and Tigers in Kinder and First Grade, Cub Scouts move to being Wolves in second grade, Bears in third grade, and finally Webelos Scouts in 4th and the first half of 5th grade.  They will graduate to a Boy Scout troop in March of their fifth grade year. 

What does Cub Scouting offer my son or daughter?  Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, boys and girls in separate dens, also learn honesty, bravery, and respect.  Family involvement is an essential part of Cub Scouting, and parents are encouraged to play an active role in the program. Through interaction between parents, leaders, and friends, scouts learn citizenship, kindness, and courage.

Cub Scouting teaches scouts: confidence through recognition by adults, belonging by building relationships with other kids, quality family time to strengthen the bond between parent and child, social skills through working in teams and with other people, moral and ethical choices by instilling essential values, leadership skills through leading other scouts, and citizenship to become responsible community members.

How does participation in Cub Scouting affect participation other activities?  Typical time commitment is two den meetings and one pack meeting each month for scouts and one extra meeting a month for parents about once per quarter. 

What is expected of me as a parent?  Cub Scouting is a program that parents and scouts do together.  Parents are critical in providing help and support for the den and pack.  Every parent will need to work with their scout on advancement projects and activities.  At least one parent should attend pack meetings once per month with your scout to present his advancement awards to him.  All siblings are always welcome at all pack meetings.  Parents can attend and assist with den outings as needed.  Camping at the Cub Scout level is only with family except at official Cub Scout Summer camps, and so Parents must attend Cub Scout Family campouts with your scout.  

Parents who volunteer for more substantial roles spend an average of two to four hours per week involved in Cub Scouting activities.  This includes meetings with the scouts and planning time.  As a parent volunteer there are a variety of position to fill such as banquet coordinators, outing planning, snack coordination, social media work, unit leaders, pack committee chairmen, committee members, den leaders, and chartered organizations representatives.  Volunteering helps strengthen the bond between parent and child.  Training is provided.

Do Cub Scouts go camping?
Yes, but they ease into it. They may go camping with a parent, or even with the entire family. More on Cub Scout camping can be found at Cub Scout Camping.  And there are cub camps in the summer for camping with the den or pack. 

What other activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?
Scouting for Food
Blue & Gold Banquet
Pinewood Derby
Pool time
Cubmobile Race
BBQs & socials
Community Service
Parades, flag ceremonies, and patriotic service
Outings all over the area to fun places, cultural centers, and community locations

How much is it going to cost? The Fees are broken up into two installments:  $60 in October, and the last $30 in February to make it easier on families.  The money is distributed like this:  The registration fee  we send to the larger organization to cover insurance and paperwork is $36 per year.  The subscription to Boys' Life Magazine  is $12.00. Annual pack dues are also $42 per year, for a total of $90 per year.  

Other costs include uniforms (which they can keep for all 4 years of Cub Scouts), age level handbooks and some activity fees including those for the Day Camp and Resident Camps. Scouts participate in fund-raising activities, which help the pack, the council and the scout.  Scouts keep a percentage of the money they raise in an account which can be used for camp fees or uniforms. Typically, selling popcorn in the fall  twice in the stores can earn scouts enough to pay dues.  For camp we have wreath, candy, meat stick, and usually some other fundraiser, that can cover most if not all of the cost of camp for a scout.   There are also scholarships called camperships available to many scout families that can cover up to 50% of camp fees.

Where can I buy uniforms, pack and den number patches?   

Nor'West Scout Shop
2145 Southwest Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201-5197
M-F 9-6; Sat 10-5; Closed Sun
(503) 226-3423

Alternatively, you can order everything online from the BSA retail store at ScoutStuff.Org.  The pack also maintains a small uniform bank.  We usually have lots of neckerchiefs and a few patches.  Every once in a while we will have a used shirt, all available free of charge.  Contact the web master for more details.

Updated 6/6/2018

Cub Scout Summer Camps

The Cascade Pacific Council offers three options for Cub Scouts eager for the adventure of summer camp. All camps require at least one adult leader to attend for every six youth in attendance; however, more adult leaders can be accommodated and are very much appreciated. Cub scout camps are planned to serve specific ages so that children progress from camp to camp as they grow. This progression also gives them a variety of camp experiences from summer to summer; however, multi-age weeks are available at each camp.

Tiger and Lion scouts are encouraged to attend one to three days of day camp to get a sense of how fun it is with their adult partner. They are also welcome to attend a full week of day camp, but their adult partner is required to attend with them .  The nearest day camps are Chinook Day Camp at Trojan Park in Rainier and Camp Ireland,  in Hillsboro.    The fees for the whole week at camp is around $110 which includes food.

During the summer after 1st Grade,  Wolves are encouraged to attend a full week of day camp.  Day Camps operate on a five-year rotation of themes so a scout could attend five years in a row, and have a different experience each year.  Scouts arrive at camp each morning at about 8am and return home at about 3pm, similar to a school day except that they are outdoors running around in the sunshine.  The nearest day camps are Chinook Day Camp at Trojan Park in Rainier and Camp Ireland,  in Hillsboro.    The fees for the whole week at camp is around $110 which includes food.

During the summer after 2nd Grade, new Bears are welcome to attend a day camp or to try out a resident camp (which means overnight stay).  Butte Creek Scout Ranch is cowboy themed and has horses and fishing, BB guns, Archery, STEM projects, hand crafts, a creek and a frontier town.  Bears are also welcome to attend Camp Clark on the Tillamook coast for an entire week as a den or pack which is nestled in the woods and next to the beach.

The summer after 3rd Grade and 4th Grade, Webelos are encouraged to attend one of the resident camps to practice their overnight camping skills.  One popular one is  Camp Clark on the Tillamook coast for an entire week as a den or pack which is nestled in the woods and next to the beach.  In 2018 a week at Camp Clark was $320.   These longer overnights give the Webelos a full week (five night) camping experience which helps get them ready to join Boy Scouts the following year,and the program is designed to help the second-year Webelos start learning basic Scouting skills in preparation for the Boy Scout program by offering them the opportunity to choose which badges they work on at camp.  

Summer camp is the highlight of the scouting year.  It is also the most expensive activity of the year.  Scouts have the opportunity to earn their camp fees by selling popcorn, Christmas wreaths, candy bars and meat sticks throughout the year.  Camperships are also available from the Cascade Pacific Council, but they must be submitted by March 1 and they only cover 50% of the camp fee.   Additional camperships may be available from the pack. Pack 294 is committed to sending every scout to camp every summer.

Updated 6/6/2018

How Cub Scouting works

In Scappoose, we have both boys and girls in Cub Scouts but they are in separate dens.  Boys are members of dens based on age  and Girls are members of separate dens based on age (no co-ed dens).   If we have dens with too few members which sometimes can occur, we often combine one ore two of the dens  into a multi year group of all boys or all girls just to make meetings easier to coordinate.

A den consists of four to 12 boys or girls who meet according to their schedules (at least twice per month).  A den leader (usually a parent) is in charge of organizing the activities that follow the scout adventures in their age level Cub Scout den books (Lion Dens are Kinders, Tiger Dens are 1st Graders, Wolf Dens are 2nd Graders, Bear Dens are Third Graders, Webelos 1 Dens are 4th  Graders, and Webelos 2 Dens are 5th Graders).  These books and activities should be organized by the den leaders  with the help of the parents of the scouts in the den and include games, crafts, songs, ceremonies and lots of fun.

All of the dens (both boy dens and the girl dens) are members of the larger pack.  A pack consist of several dens and meets at least once a month.  The Cubmaster leads pack meetings, with Scouts and their families in attendance and Den Leaders there to give awards and help with activities.  The pack meeting is made up of fun activities as well as the presentation of awards that have been earned during the month.

Once a month the Den Leaders, Pack Officers (Called the Committee), Cubmaster, and parents meet with other scouting groups chartered by our same Charter Organization (Kiwanis) in a Vertical Committee Meeting.  The Scouting groups who meet together include the Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scouts troop, the Adventure Scouts, and the Explorer Scouts and have a big organizing and activity planning meeting.  

Once a quarter, just the Cub Scout Pack meets up to discuss and plan out the next quarters activities on their own.

Updated 6/6/2018