Pack 75's meeting and event schedule is posted on the Pack Home Page (click here.) Pack monthly events or meetings are scheduled September through June, with varying location and time based on format. The pack minimizes use of the Weston Public School facilities for pack meetings because of the very significant expense charge by the Weston School District.
|Pack Meetings/Events: Usually 1 per month (Sept - June), usually on a Saturday evening. All cubs with at least one family adult expected to attend to participate in ceremonies, skits, hosting the meeting. Attendance is part of membership commitment.
Pack 75 is made up of smaller groups called Dens. A Den is a grouping of 6-8 boys within the same grade with a den parent as Den Leader. Den meetings are at the mutual convenience of volunteer leaders and members, but generally meet (or field trip) after school on the weeks in which there are no pack meetings.
|Den Meetings: Set by Den Leader, usually at school after school, usually 1 hour meeting, 2-3 times a month. Den meetings include games, crafts, field trips, and the all-important snack! Den Leaders should post den meeeting schedule on the Den's Home Page. (Some ranks have Sunday evening meetings.)
In addition, the Pack's only fundraiser is throughout October. Cubs sign up for 1 or 2 shifts at the Den's booth at Weston Town Center.
In addition to the monthly pack events and meetings, Pack 75 offers "Optional Scouting Outings," which are paid directly by participants. Third parties offer scouting events which coordinated by the Pack as "optional" enrichment" outings for those that want to pay the additional event fee. The Pack does not profit from these events and they fall outside the core program of monthly pack events and den meetings which are funded through member registration and annual fundraising. There may 2-3 of such events per year and these "pay-as-you-go" type outings include, for example; overnights at museums (Boston Museum of Science, Mystic Acquarium, Mystic Seaport on board the Conrad Joseph, Blue Fish Baseball games and overnights, Camp Jewell YMCA, USS Battleship Massachusetts etc.
Pack 75 embraces Cub Scouting's family-centered philosophy. Pack Events, Meetings, and Outings are usually for the Cub and at least one Parent, with almost always additional space for other family members (adults and siblings etc.) The more weekly after school den meetings require at least two adults (at least one BSA trained leader) to be with the cubs. Den parents cooperate in volunteering to be a chaperone, field trip driver, bring a snack, teach a subject (requirement or actrivity pin), coordinate an outing or den meeting etc.
Membership & Registration: Cycle follows school calendar.
Existing Members: For 2013-2014, existing members will re-register between 5/15 and 6/30/2013 to preserve their spot in the den. After 6/30/2010, a late fee of $25 will be assessed. Register online by updating your information. No paperwork. (Spring registration is no different than any other fall program!)
New Members: For 2013-2014 new members to the pack, registration also opens 5/15/2013 but extends to 9/30/2013. New cubs who register in the spring, can attend either Cub Scout Day Camp or Cub Scout Resident Camp at Camp Sequassen over the summer. Dens for new members will be formed in the Fall (September) by pooling new members and obtaining den leadership. New cubs can participate in the Pack activities throughout the fall as new dens form. New dens can be formed at any level and we are hoping for at least two Tiger (1st grade dens), and at least 1 additional Wolf (2nd grade) and Bear (3rd grade) den. Some existing dens may have availability in the fall to slot in new members at the older grades. Registration is online.
Leadership: Pack leadership comes from parent / guardian volunteers. Without volunteer leaders, especially Den Leaders, the Pack does not go. All parents, regardless of scouting experience and available free time are encouraged to help in some capacity. See the section on "Adults" and then "Adult Leaders" in the Pack Handbook.
Management: Pack management meetings are open to all adult members and are included on the Pack's website calendar accessible by all. The Pack is guided by Pack Officers who comprise the Pack Committee, or PC. The PC provides strategic direction and planning.
Finances: Our funding comes from two sources: registration fees and fundraising. Registration fees cover less than half of our expenses, so we rely on and expect each scout family to help raise their fair share. For more details please see the Fundraising and Pack Finances pages. Pack 75 is owned by the Weston Volunteer Fire Department, a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) and shares the same tax exemption status.
Weston Cub Scout Pack 75 is part of the Pomperaug District of Connecticut Yankee Council.