Pack 2214 participates in a variety of Pack activities that are designed with a specific purpose in mind. Some of the more significant ones are listed below:
The Den is the primary unit where Cub Scouts work on rank requirements. Dens meets once or twice a month with the day and time agreed upon by the den leader and parents.
Each month, Pack 2214 holds a Pack meeting. The Pack meeting is a celebration of the Scout’s achievements through an awards presentation ceremony. Participation at Pack meetings is highly encouraged as attendance is the only way that a Scout will receive their awards. The Pack meeting also serves as a means to communicate important information to the parents and provide entertainment through a skit performed by the “Den of the month”. In addition to performing a skit, the “Den of the month” is responsible for assisting with setup (arrive 20 minutes early to put out chairs) and clean-up (stay a few minutes after to put chairs away). Parents of Scouts in the “Den of the month” will coordinate to provide 4-6 cakes for the monthly cake raffle. As you can imagine, this is popular with the kids. Expect to be “Den of the month” once a year.
Pack 2214 participates in a number of events that promote community service. For example, Scouting for Food takes place each spring where our Scouts collect food in the Cape St. Claire and Atlantis neighborhoods that will be donated to local food pantries.
The Pack has many opportunities to Family Camp. Cub Scouts do not camp on their own. At least one parent must attend but we encourage all family members that are interested to join us. We typically camp in the fall and spring. Most of the activities during the camp outs will take place on Saturday including Den time in the morning to work on rank requirements, Pack time in the afternoon which includes a primary activity and other games, followed by a campfire to wind down before bed. The primary activity at recent overnight campouts has included building/launching model rockets and participating in a “Ninja Warrior” obstacle course. Our Webelos also participate in Woodsmoke, which is a multi-day event hosted by the Four Rivers District in the fall. There may also be opportunities to participate in a “Cubaree” where a Scouts BSA Troop invites a Cub Scout Pack to camp with them and the Scouts BSA Troop does all the planning.
Pack 2214 leadership believes that camping is a strong part of the Scouting program and encourages the Scouts to participate in the numerous camping activities run by the local Scouting organization. Four Rivers District Summer Day Camp (https://www.fourriversdaycamp.org) is a, well … day camp … and is held at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville for one week in June. Historically, the majority of our Pack participates in summer camp. Kids that participate typically complete nearly half of their advancement requirements during camp. If your child does not attend camp, they will still have ample opportunity to complete rank requirements.
The Pinewood Derby is a classic Cub Scout activity. Packs around the country run these races in which the Cub Scouts build small cars out of a kit and race them during a special Pack event. The Pack provides a kit to each Scout as well as construction regulations designed to make the racing fair. The goal is for parents to help their child build the car, not to build it for them. The younger kids will obviously need the most help, if for no other reason than safety. As the Scout ages they will be able to do more of the work themselves. Pack 2214 holds their derby in January.
Blue and Gold Banquet
Every February, the Boy Scouts of America celebrate the birthday of Scouting. In Cub Scouts, this event is marked by the Blue and Gold Banquet. This event also serves as the bridging ceremony where the Webelos 2 Scouts earn their Arrow of Light and bridge over to Scouts BSA. For Webelos 2 Scouts, this is the final event of their Cub Scout journey.
Pack 2214 participates in the annual Cape St. Claire Strawberry Festival Parade each year in early June.
Boys Life Magazine
Boy’s Life is not an activity but a monthly Scout focused magazine packed with activities and articles suitable for kids of Cub Scouting age.