If you have any questions about the pack contact our cubmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
The easiest way to join (in September) is to fill out the online application, click here to apply online.
COVID has gotten us a little slower start than usual, but the pack will be raring to go in no-time! See below for all the updates for the 2020 school year.
See what Pack 140 has been up to! (Pre-COVID - No facemasks required!)
The pack (all cub scouts at Poplar Creek) is broken up into dens, all scouts in the same grade make-up a den:
Lion - K5 (requires adult partner to attend den/pack meetings with scout)
Current Pack Members 2 (and growing!)
Tiger - 1st grade (requires adult partner to attend den/pack meetings with scout)
Current Pack Members 4 or 5
Wolf - 2nd Grade
Current Pack Members 4 or 5
Bear - 3rd Grade
Current Pack Members 0
Webelos I - 4th Grade
Current Pack Members 6 or 7
Webelos II - 5th Grade (only through February, then scout transitions to Boy Scouts)
Current Pack Members 0
Last Roster Update 9/16/2020
The vast majority of all scouts are back from last year! Welcome back! Uncertainty in the numbers is due to not hearing affirmatively back from a few scout parents. No recruiting for the 2020 school year has taken place yet (forms and photos night, orientation night all cancelled), so these numbers will hopefully grow as we pick up a few new scouts this year. Electronic recruiting fliers to be sent to all PC students shortly.
Blue & Gold Awards Banquet
Creek Crawl Clean-Up
Scouting for Food
Christmas Ornaments to Seniors
Join Pack 140
One pack meeting per month (all cubscouts from Poplar Creek Elementary). Typically first Wednesday of the month.
One den meeting per month (just cubscouts from the same grade). Schedule set by den leader.
Handbook - $17 (See if Den leader will require this before purchasing)
Pack Dues - Potentially $0 - see commitments bullet below
Neckerchiefs - $10 (supplied by pack through fundraising - don't buy!)
Neckerchief Slide - $6 (supplied by pack through fundraising - don't buy!)
Optional Additional Costs
Belt (for putting advancement loops on) - $10
$? - Special activities (camping, Monster Jam, Globe Trotters) - All Optional
Boy's Life Subscription - $12/yr
Hats, Shorts, Pants, Socks - Varies (most boys in pack get just the short-sleeve shirt and belt)
Commit to fundraising for the pack.
Each scout is expected to sell a set amount to help fund the pack. Last year (2019) it was $400 per scout ($200 for Webelos II), $700 for two scouts. For 2020 the goal is being reduced to $200 per scout due to COVID and the knowledge that door to door selling will not (should not) happen. 60% of the profits above the initial $200 sales goal will go to the scout acount, remaining 40% of profits go to the pack.
New Scouts New scouts will not have a fundraising goal due to being required to pay all national dues themselves. All new scouts are encouraged though to still participate to earn money for their scout accounts. 60% of the profits go to the scout acount, 40% of profits go to the pack.
So why are the rules different for new scouts vs existing scouts?
The pack committee discussed the different options and felt that this option was the best of those available. Knowing that COVID was going to significantly increase the burden of fundraising, we wanted to make this as easy as possible and reduce the goal as much as practical while still grabbing the "low-hanging fruit" (i.e. selling to families). In addition to the more difficult fundraising environment, national dues have increased significantly over the last two years. Rechartering the pack (registering volunteers and scouts with BSA) has become by far our largest expense, expected to be over $1300 for 2021.
This is why we are requiring new scouts to pay the national dues themselves to protect the pack financially from those families that may join and not fulfill the fundraising requirements (for whatever reason). The existing scouts have already contributed to the savings the pack has on hand from prior years fundraising, so it seems proper that they continue to be able to take advantage of that previous work.
The fundraising goal and new scout fees basically only cover these BSA registration fees, so all the actual pack expenses are being covered by previous year's savings. As always, we do our best to minimize these expenses (resulting in minimizing fundraising requirements) and get the scouts the best bang for the buck.
To assist the pack, sell above and beyond the sales goals as much as possible. Depending on the fundraising results, the pack may ask that scouts cover fees for optional activities throughout the year which previously typically would have been covered by the pack.
This money from fundraising is used to fund things such as:
Following year registration
Neckerchiefs and slides for the scouts
Pinewood derby cars
If you choose not sell, pack dues are $75 (existing scouts only-new scouts have no sales requirement). If you meet a partial sales requirement, all dues will be prorated. Profit for any sales above goal goes 60% to scout, 40% to pack. The scout account can be used to fund anything from the scout shop or the optional activities.
Help out with one pack activity. To have a successful year we need the help of all families. This help includes running a den, organizing a pack meeting (we will help you!), organizing the Christmas parade, helping with the pinewood derby, among many other activities.