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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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Pack 653 Cub Scout News

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.
http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx

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.
http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection/CyberChip.aspx

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.' "