About Our Pack

Pack 653 Charter

Physical Form
Allohak Council
St. Mary Catholic Church
Boy Scouts of America
National Catholic Committee on Scouting



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.
A Scout is Loyal.
A Scout is Helpful.
A Scout is Friendly.
A Scout is Courteous.
A Scout is Kind.
A Scout is Obedient.
A Scout is Cheerful.
A Scout is Thrifty.
A Scout is Brave.
A Scout is Clean.
A Scout is Reverent.

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.

Scouts may "bring a friend" to any and all pack meetings! 

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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:

  1. Mail to Kelly Faires, 300 Vernon Street, Marietta OH 45750
  2. Return in the cub scout mailbox in the St. Mary's school office.
    Please return applications by the end of the school year.

For more information, please call Kelly at 740-336-2979 or send questions via email:
Kelly Faires, Cub Master Pack 653: fairesk231@gmail.com
Christy Estes, New Enrollment Coordinator Pack 653: cmestes2001@yahoo.com

Pack 653 Cub Scout News

Pack 653 invites you to JOIN US for a Bike Rodeo!
Sunday, April 29, from 4:45-6:30 PM
Pack 653 Bike Rodeo at Fenton Park, Williamstown WV. Bring a bike and helmet.  This is a Tiger Den activity of Pack 653, but all are welcome.  Tigers will learn about their bicycles, safety gear, and how to keep safe and have fun while riding.  Besides the Rolling Tiger adventure requirements, we will enjoy a bike obstacle course and newspaper toss.

Pack 653 invites you to JOIN US for our Spring Hike!
Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 1:30-3:00 PM
Pack 653 Spring Hike/Scavenger Hunt at Broughton Nature & Wildlife Education
Area, 619 State Route 821, Marietta, Ohio. Meet at the pavilion. We will leave
promptly at 1:30 pm. All welcome. Bring backpack with filled water bottle, trail
food, rain jacket, and a compass if you have one.

Please support Pack 653 Cub Scouts
While you are at the St. Mary's School Art Show on May 16, please stop in the Art Room where we will have a Silent Auction featuring several Cakes by Cubs! Cubs are asked to bake and decorate the cake (all edible decorations) with their adult partner. Winning auction bids will be announced at 8 PM. A few homemade cookies will also be available for sale. All funds raised will go toward our end of the year awards celebration.

Succession Planning
Pack 653 Cub Scouts, chartered by our parish, is seeking new leadership effective December 1, 2018.  In addition to needing additional den leaders, the Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster positions will need to be filled.  Any adults who wish to help with pack planning such as budget/fundraising, camping, service projects, pinewood derby, go-see-it events, etc. are welcome to sign up as a Pack Committee Member at any time.  Parents are encouraged to sign up as a registered adult and enjoy scouting alongside their child.  Lion (Kindergarten) and Tiger (first grade) scouts MUST have a parent with them at all times anyway, so please get involved.  Scouting is fun for everyone.

Welcome Girl Dens!
The BSA recently announced that girls will be allowed in Cub Scouts and our parish has decided to welcome girl dens to our pack.  Our new scout year begins June 1.   New scouts can wait and register during “recruiting season” next August, but are encouraged to register by June 1 in order to enjoy some great camping opportunities and our three outdoor pack meetings over the summer!  Normally scheduled pack meetings occur during the school year from September – April (once per month).  Den meetings should begin no later than October (once or twice per month as determined by den leader and participating families).  Pack 653 has always welcomed siblings to attend our events and camps, but now our pack will be open to girls who do not have a brother in scouts.  Girls will wear the same uniform and complete the same adventure requirements for each rank.  They will be presented their awards alongside the boys at monthly pack meetings.  We welcome visitors to our pack meetings, which are held at 5:30 pm on the 2nd Monday of each month in the Parish Center.  Our remaining pack meetings this year will be: 1/8, 2/12, 3/12, and 4/9.

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/

Catholic Religious Emblems
For additional info and to register for the program, please call or text:
Kelly Faires, Cub Master Pack 653, 740-336-2979
Joel Erb, Den Leader Pack 207, 740-706-1262

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.

Pack 653 Community Service Projects

  • St. Mary's school grounds clean up (before start of school)
  • Assist at a Washington County Special Olympics event
  • Make cards for the elderly and sing Christmas carols at the nursing home
  • Pick up litter on all pack hikes
  • Any district-wide community service projects, such as the food drive

John 6:53
"Jesus said to them, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man
and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.' "