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We cover Yorkville, Bristol, and parts of Montgomery.
All schools we serve are in the Yorkville School District #115. They include: Bristol Bay, Bristol Grade, Parkview Christian, and Yorkville Grade.
Pack meetings and most den meetings take place at the Beecher Center in Yorkville on Game Farm Road. There is a map on our About page. Sometimes den meetings take place at a den leader's home or elsewhere. Your den leader will let you know about this ahead of time.
Almost all meetings take place from 6pm–7pm.
You can see a list of our leaders and committee members on the About page.
There are 2 costs associated with joining. One is our Pack Dies, which is $90. This fee is once per Scouting year (September – August) and includes a rank book, registration with Three Fires Council, a pinewood derby car, awards patches, and some of the activities we take part in. The other cost is the uniform cost. This is anywhere from approximately $69.89 to $125.85 depending on what you want to buy. See the uniform page for more information.
See below for tips on how to save money on uniforms.
Joining Cub Scouting
Cub Scouting is for boys in kindergarten through fifth grade. Boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but they may be eligible to join the Boy Scouting or Venturing program.
Contact us! We’d love to have you involved in our pack. While there’s no guarantee that a specific role or position will be available—and there may be a selection process among several candidates even if the position is currently vacant—there is always some way in which you can contribute.
Absolutely not! Citizenship is not required of youth or adult members.
The Cub Scout Program
Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America—so in that sense, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are both members of the same organization. However, they are entirely different programs: Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program designed specifically for younger boys and their parents.
There are five main levels of Cub Scouts, based on grade level:
- Kindergarten: Lion
- 1st Grade: Tiger
- 2nd Grade: Wolf
- 3rd Grade: Bear
- 4th Grade: Webelos
- 5th Grade: Arrow of Light
Each of these levels are split up into dens. Pack 340 currently has 1 den for each level. Other packs sometimes have multiple dens per level, depending on the number of Cub Scouts.
A den is a group of typically 5-10 boys of the same age and grade. It will be in the den where your Scout works towards his rank badge. It is also where the Scout has a chance to learn and experience a multitude of things with a small group. Normally 1 or 2 parents are the leader of a den. The pack comprises all the dens of Scouts ranging from kindergarten through 5th grade.
Cub Scouts in our pack meet 3–4 times per month:
- 2 times in their den (the first and third Thursdays of every month)
- 1 time in the pack (the second Wednesday of the month)
- 1 time in an extra activity (this is on a den to den basis)
All den meetings are open to parent participation. If you would like to be present at a den meeting, ask the den leader in advance so that the leader can plan a way for you to observe or participate in an unobtrusive manner.
Uniform and Supplies
At minimum, each boy in Cub Scouting will need a uniform and a handbook. Each year, the handbook changes (which Pack 340 provides as part of your pack dues), as does the cap and neckerchief, but other uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years. When a boy enters a Webelos den, he may need to obtain a new uniform if the parents in the den opt for the khaki-and-olive uniform.
Additional supplies and equipment may be needed for certain activities such as camping trips or field days. What equipment is needed, as well as whether it will be provided by the pack, will vary from den to den.
Our uniforms, literature, and other Scouting merchandise is available at your local council and Scout Shops, or online at www.scoutstuff.org.
There are 2 Scout shops in our area:
Pack 340 operates a uniform exchange for their members. We have multiple sizes of uniforms that you are welcome to use. Contact our Comittee Chair for more information.
A good place to look for uniforms is Ebay. A lot of uniforms are up for auction there.
Pack 340 also provides handbooks for all Cub Scouts.
Advancement and Awards
No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward the same badge. If a boy joins Cub Scouting as a 9-year-old, he must earn the Bobcat badge (all boys in Cub Scouting earn this badge), and then he will begin working on the Bear badge with his fellow Cub Scouts. He is not required to have earned the Tiger Cub or Wolf badges. Since those badges are for younger boys (7- and 8-year-olds), the requirements for those badges are below a 9-year-old's current level of ability, so "going back" to pick up those badges is not permitted.
No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward a badge that is geared to their level of development. If the Wolf badge is completed before the end of the program year, a boy may work on electives to earn Arrow Points, but he may not begin working on the requirements for the Bear badge. His work on the Bear badge will begin the next program year, when he graduates into a Bear den.
Cub Scouts are not eligible to earn these awards, which are part of the Boy Scout program. All of the awards that Cub Scouts may earn are listed in their handbooks.
Boy Scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light and are at least ten years old—so a Webelos Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light is eligible to join a troop immediately (provided he is at least ten years old).
However, many packs coordinate with a local Boy Scout troop to facilitate the transition from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. In these instances, it is better for the boy, his family, and both units if all Webelos Scouts make the transition together, in a coordinated fashion, rather than having each boy leave the pack as soon as he is eligible.