Cub Scout Pack 26 Frequently Asked Questions

When are the Pack and Den meetings?

We have a monthly Pack Meeting, usually held on a Thursday at 6:30 at the Big Bend Elementary gym.  Each den usually meets once a month, and the day, time and location varies depending on the den. Optional activities, outings, overnights or camps are scheduled for most months as well.

What happens at the Pack meetings?

We start with the flag ceremony, which a different den leads each month. After awards and announcements, we get into the main part of the meeting. Pack meetings over the last year have included a magic show, a program put on by U.S. Army recruiters, Pinewood Derby, holiday party, bake auction, and Blue and Gold dinner. There are information and sign-up sheets available for any upcoming activities at each Pack meeting; please make time to visit the Activities table at each meeting. A parent or guardian or other designated adult is required to attend the Pack meetings with their scout. You may not drop off your child and return later. Pack meetings are where parents can learn about upcoming outings, campouts, fundraisers, service projects, and other activities that make Scouting fun.

What kinds of additional activities are offered?

Activities over the last few years have included rock wall climbing, archery, bowling, Admirals games, a visit to the Harley-Davidson museum, participation in an on-field parade at Miller Park, overnights in a cave and on a real WWII submarine, and several camping outings. Activities change from year to year so we are not repeating ourselves! Service projects have included Scouting for Food, helping out with the fire department’s pancake breakfast, and Adopt-a-Family (collecting food and cash donations to buy gifts for needy families during the holidays).

How much does scouting cost?

A registration fee is due each scouting year (the year runs through December). This fee this year is $45, and includes one subscription to Boys Life magazine per family. Each scout will also need a Class A uniform shirt, a few basic patches, a neckerchief slide, and a handbook. These can be purchased at the Scout Shop in Waukesha. Class B uniforms (Pack t-shirts) are available for purchase at Pack meetings. The pack provides neckerchiefs and pinewood derby car kits.

There is an additional fee for the camps and many of the outings. These fees vary depending on the activity. These are optional activities, and you can participate in as many or as few as you wish. Boys who participate in fundraising events earn money for their “scout account,” which can be used to pay these costs.

Is Cub Scouting really a family experience?

Absolutely. The entire family is welcome at many events, including some of the camping and overnight activities. There are usually separate sleeping areas for women and girls in the cabins. At least one parent or guardian or other designated adult is required to attend Pack Meetings with their scout, and are welcome at Den Meetings.

My son doesn’t go to school at Big Bend Elementary. Can he still join Pack 26?

Yes. You are able to join any Pack that you choose, regardless of school affiliation. Our Pack welcomes all boys, including those from different school systems and homeschoolers. We are chartered through the Vernon Fire Department, not the school.

I’ve never been camping in my life. What is a Cub Scout camping trip like?

Cub scouting is a great way to ease into camping. Regulations require certain amenities for campouts for Cub Scout-aged boys, including flush toilets and shower facilities. Most of our camping is done in heated cabins at BSA affiliated camps. These cabins have kitchens, full bathroom and shower facilities, and usually separate sleeping areas for the scouts, male adults, and females. Meals are provided at some of these camps, and are prepared and served by the camp staff. Minimal gear is required, usually just a sleeping bag and pillow. Tent camping may be available at certain camps. Our regular camp-outs are as follows:

  1. June: End-of-year picnic and campout, Mukwonago County Park, tent camping. We prepare our meals.

  2. October: Swamp Fox, Camp Long Lake. Heated cabin or tent camping, all meals provided.

  3. March: Winter Camp at Camp Rokilio, Kiel. Heated themed cabin (train station, viking ship, etc.), we plan, prepare and split the cost or our meals.

  4. April: Eagle’s Nest at Indian Mound Reservation, Oconomowoc. Heated cabins, meals provided.

Is fundraising required?

Though participation in the fundraising programs is not required, it is strongly encouraged, as a portion of the profits goes into your son’s scout account. In the fall, we sell popcorn and wreaths and Boston Store Community Days booklets. The fundraisers conclude in November, in time for the holidays. This spring we did not do an additional fundraiser. We are a non-profit organization with a low operating cost and try to participate in only the traditional Cub Scouting fundraisers whenever possible. Fundraiser participation can earn us benefits from the Council, including discounts on camp costs.

How does the scout account work?

The profit from your fundraiser sales is split 50/50: one half goes to the Pack and the other half goes into your son’s scout account. The more you sell, the more you earn! After fundraising, you will receive a statement indicating how much money your scout has in his account. You can then use this money to pay for outings, campouts, or even registration fees.  Simply write a check or pay cash for the event, then request reimbursement from your scout account. You will be reimbursed via check, usually immediately. Alternatively, you may request direct fund transfer from your scout account for the fees you would like to use the funds for. This is a great way to help defray some of the costs associated with scouting, and encourages participation in fundraising. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE SCOUT ACCOUNT.

I’d like to help out. Are there any volunteer opportunities?

YES!! Our planning meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at the Vernon fire station. All parents are welcome, and many volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteers are needed for Pack and Den leadership positions, organizers are needed for different events, Pack meetings and outings or campouts. We also need volunteers to organize the fundraisers and help with the Pinewood Derby, including set-up and track maintenance. Many of these volunteer opportunities require only a minimal time commitment, though we do also have more demanding positions available as well. The Pack cannot run without your help! A Pack is what its members make of it, and parent enthusiasm and participation makes our Pack great.