Purpose of Scouting:      

Scouting helps boys grow up to be the best young men they can be. Cub Scouts is great fun and it is a learning experience. Our Pack's activities include emphasis on the outdoors, citizenship and community service. "Do your best!" is the Cub Scout motto; we honor all our boys for participating and trying.

Family Pack:      

Pack 521 is a family pack, and we strive to be family-friendly. That means that ALL family members are welcome at all Pack events. Our overnight camping trips are family trips. Parents are expected to participate at meetings and activities with their sons. We realize this is not always possible for busy parents, so we are flexible and strive to enable every scout's participation. 

Leadership and Parents:      

Pack 521 is an active pack thanks to the participation of our parents. All parents contribute to the pack. Many volunteer to be official pack or den leaders and take training classes given by the scout organization. We welcome parents' ideas in creating our program. We ask each family to take on at least one volunteer job.  Cub Scouts is also a wonderful experience for parents! 

Meetings and Activities:      

At monthly pack meetings we come together to share experiences and celebrate accomplishments. Parents set the Den meeting schedules (usually once-a-month during the school year) where scouts in each age group do activities together. All our meetings are fun and focused on the boys.  In addition to meetings the Pack and Dens go on outings to visit interesting places, go camping, hiking, etc.  

Dens: 

Cub scouts are organized into groups called "Dens" according to their elementary school grade or age.  Most of each den's activities are devoted to earning developmentally appropriate badges associated with each level.
      • K - Lions 
      • 1st graders - Tigers           
      • 2nd graders - Wolves
      • 3rd graders - Bears                
      • 4th graders - Webelos I
      • 5th graders - Webelos II/Arrow of Light

Handbooks and Uniforms:  
   

Each scout must have a handbook and uniform appropriate to his den. These are sold online at scoutshop.org and in person at: 
National Capital Area Scout Shop
301-564-1091
M, Tu, W, F: 9am-6pm
Th: 9am-8pm 

The program is designed so that son and parent work together.  Your son should bring his handbook to den meetings so the den leader can record his progress on achievements and electives. The parent and scout track the Cub Scout's progress on Scoutbook.com.

New scouts will need a shirt, pants, belt, hat, neckerchief and slide, pack numerals 521, and National Capital Area Council and world scouting patches; new Lions will need a shirt, belt, hat, neckerchief and slide only. Tiger, Wolf and Bear Scouts wear blue Cub Scout shirts. Webelos scouts wear tan Boy Scout shirts.  The pack may have extra uniform parts; you are welcome to these.  See The Uniform page for more detail. 

Bobcat Badge:     

All new Scouts regardless of age must earn the Bobcat badge. Bobcat requirements are found in all the handbooks. They are done at home with a parent and recorded by the den leader when completed. 

Annual Fees and Forms: 

We don't ask you or your child to sell things to raise funds.  All pack leaders are volunteers and pack funding comes from each family's annual dues payment and covers the cost of award badges, facility rental, pack meeting supplies, etc.  The official registration form, Parent Talent Survey and dues payment are completed during Join Scouting Night or at your first pack meeting. Health forms are completed before overnight trips.  There are additional fees for some den and pack outings. 

Inclusion:   

New scouts can enter the program at any time, and they start at the level that is appropriate for their age.  Pack 521 welcomes scouts from all schools.  If finances are standing in the way of your son's participation, please let us know.