Pack meetings are held during the school year at St. Mary's school in the Parish Center (bingo hall). We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month (September - April), with our Blue and Gold advancement celebration occurring in May. The new scout year begins June 1 and we have optional pack meetings during the summer (times and locations announced) in addition to day and resident camping opportunities.
We meet at 5:30 pm with a gathering activity. The meeting will open at 5:45 pm with the pledge of allegiance, scout oath, etc. followed by business items (fundraising info, awards, etc.). This portion of the meeting will last until approximately 6:15. The pack meeting will then come to a close and dens have an option to meet. Otherwise, scouts will move to the gym for fun and games and a snack.
Scouts should wear class A uniform to Pack meetings if they have one. Order forms will be available if a uniform shirt is needed. Hats and neckerchiefs are optional. Class B uniforms (pack tee shirts) are typically worn to den meetings, camping, and other events.
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Is Cub Scouts for YOU?
Pack 653 is happy to announce FAMILY SCOUTING! Girl dens are forming now!
Cub Scouts is for boys AND girls, who are entering Kindergarten - 5th grade in the fall. Kindergarten students are eligible to participate in the Lion program which meets less frequently than 1st-5th grade students. Our pack meets once per month, from Sept - April. The Pack meeting will be an opportunity for all dens, girl and boy, and all grades 1-5 to meet together and be presented with awards, perform skits, etc. Dens consist of up to six scouts (of the same gender and grade in school) who work together on age appropriate activities. Scouts may also complete adventure requirements on their own schedule with their family, to work around sports and other commitments. This allows scouts to work at their own pace and pursue additional adventure loops and awards, if desired. It also allows families who are stretched a bit thin to meet minimal requirements and still enjoy scouting. That is the beauty of FAMILY SCOUTING, your kids can enjoy the same activity: at the same place, at the same time!
Enrollment Packets are available at the side entrances of the church and in the St. Mary School office. (Youth AND Adult applications are enclosed.) Applications can be returned two ways:
For more information, please call Kelly at 740-336-2979 or send questions via email:
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Questions? The current Cubmaster, Kelly Faires, will be available at the Parish Sign-Up weekend January 20-21 after the Masses to answer questions and provide applications for any interested youth and adults. For more information about our pack, please visit the parish website under Youth Ministries. It can be found at: http://www.cubscouts653.com/
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Youth Protection Training
Adults -- BSA Youth Protection Training is required of all adult leaders (including committee and adult partners of Tigers). This training is in ADDITION to the Diocesan youth protection training that is required of den and pack leaders. Please use the link below to log in and take the training online.
Youth -- Today's youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. P653 cub scouts earn their cyber chip patch during their first year and each scout "recharges" their cyberchip on a yearly basis (earning a small pin to place on the patch). The cyber chip requirements are grade specific and can be done online. Topics include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.
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