Join Pack 443

Join Pack 443!

Pack 443 proudly serves boys attending both Sparks and Nichols Elementary Schools in Frisco ISD as well as the surrounding area. We are volunteer-run and parental involvement is a must, especially for our kindergarteners and first graders. We build character through our outdoor adventures, monthly pack and den meetings, community service, and more!  

Pack 443 meets on the second Tuesday of the month in the Sparks Elementary cafeteria (enter on the north side of the building, next to the playground). Scouts are organized by grade level into dens which also meet once a month (location and dates vary by den).

Why Join Cub Scouting?

 The Greatest Gift of All

If you could give only one gift to the young people who are most important in your life, what would it be? No matter what your family situation is, it is within your power to help these children grow into people with a good feeling about themselves and a genuine concern for others. Cub Scouting can assist you in providing this greatest gift of all.

 

Building Community

Cub Scout-age children benefit developmentally from belonging to a small group of peers. Your child will be a part of a den, a small group of Cub Scouts in the same grade level and who are of the same gender. Through this sense of belonging, children build self-esteem and learn to get along with others.

 

Character Under Construction

As a parent, you want to be assured that the groups that your child joins will teach values consistent with good citizenship, character development, personal fitness, and leadership. The values we seek to instill are found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

We know that kids do not join Cub Scouting for character building. Youth join because it is fun. Your child will learn great lessons, but they will be far too busy having fun to notice!

How Does Cub Scouting Work?

In Cub Scouting, you and your family join in on the program with your child, and you will help them along the way. Cub Scouts have a different handbook at each grade level, with adventures that are age-appropriate for their developmental level. As your child advances through these books by working on adventures, they will earn badges and other recognition that they wear on their uniform. As your child grows in Cub Scouting, your role will change with them, from hands-on involvement to guiding and coaching. Your child’s success in Cub Scouting depends on you! 

The Cub Scouting program takes place at two levels. Your child will be a part of a den, a small group of boys in the same grade level. A den typically meets twice a month, although some may meet more often. All dens, from kindergarten through fifth grade, make up a pack. Once a month, the dens, with their families, come together at the pack meeting and Cub Scouts are recognized for the adventures and badges they have earned.

Dens

Time and Location

Pack 443 has its Den Meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Sparks Elementary or Nichols Elementary. More information will be shared by the Den Leader at the September Pack Meeting.

Please check the Pack 443 Calendar for more information.

 

The Lion (Kindergarten) and Tiger (First Grade) Dens

Cub Scouts who join in kindergarten or first grade join with an adult partner, usually the parent or guardian. A Lion or Tiger den should be no more than eight Cub Scouts and their adult partners. An adult is selected to serve as the den leader (usually one of the parents) and coordinates the meetings. Each adult partner takes a turn assisting or hosting meetings or activities with the den leader. This shared leadership model is a great way to ensure the den leader has the help needed to deliver a quality program. 

Lion dens (kindergarten) meet once a month or more often as decided by the den leader and families.

Tiger dens (first grade) meet typically twice a month or more often as decided by the den leader and families.

At den meetings, Lions and Tigers work on adventures that are found in their handbooks.

 

The Wolf (Second Grade) and Bear (Third Grade) Dens

Boys this age are becoming more independent, and activities are designed to meet their developmental needs.

A Wolf (second grade) or Bear (third grade) den is ideally no more than eight boys, a den leader, an assistant den leader (usually parents of some of the den members), and often a den chief (an older Scout who helps the den leader). They typically meet twice a month at a regularly scheduled time and place, and they also attend the pack meeting with their families.

 

The Webelos Scout Den (Fourth and Fifth Grades)

The Webelos den is much like the Wolf and Bear dens, but there is more emphasis on learning to take leadership roles and preparing to join a Scout troop.

 

rank by elementary grade

Pack Meetings

Time and Location

Pack 443 has its Pack Meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at Sparks Elementary.

Please check the Pack 443 Calendar for more information.

 

Structure

The Cub Scout pack is made up of all the dens, which meet monthly at the pack meeting, led by the Cubmaster. There are games, skits, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of achievements and badges that Cub Scouts earned during that month. This is where families can see the achievements of their Cub Scout.

 

Pack Gatherings

Pack 443, including families, participates in other special events throughout the year, including:

Pinewood Derby— You can build and race a model car with your child.

Blue and Gold Banquet— Cub Scouting’s birthday party—for all pack members and their families— takes place in February.

Camping— Overnight and day camp opportunities introduce your family to the camping experience.

Service Projects— Participates in an annual food drive, collects winter coats, and other community activities.

Summertime Activities— Each month will have its own activity offered by Pack 443, Iron Horse district, or our Circle Ten council.

 

Make memories with your child that will last a lifetime! Check out our all of our current gatherings.

Den Meetings

Time and Location

Each den in Pack 443 meets on its own at least once a month. Please contact your den leader for the schedule.

 

Den Gatherings

Each den focuses on completing grade-appropriate adventures such as hiking, nature, science, citizenship, first aid, sports, and more. Detailed information can be found in your scout’s handbook.

Make memories with your child that will last a lifetime!

How Can You Help?

The most important help that you, as a parent, can give your child is to work with them on their Cub Scouting adventures as they work toward their badge of rank. The Cub Scout handbook is full of age-appropriate activities; some of them you do together at home. Den meetings are designed for Cub Scouts to complete adventures that are required for them to earn their badge of rank. When you have completed a requirement at home, make sure your den leader is informed so that they can properly record it and your child can be recognized for their achievements. Your role as a parent is the secret to a successful Cub Scouting program! 

The den and the pack rely on parent participation to run a successful program. Cub Scouting operates through volunteer leadership. Volunteer leaders are an example of Scouting’s principle of service to others. By volunteering in Scouting, you are also giving your child and family the gift of your time. What could be more valuable? You will have an opportunity to be a positive influence in their life and in the lives of their friends. 

Please review our leadership page to further explore Pack 443’s volunteer opportunities.

The Pack Committee

Every Cub Scout parent or guardian is invited to become a member of the pack committee. Pack committee members perform administrative functions of the pack. The committee meets monthly and includes the responsibilities below.

Committee Chair— Presides at all pack committee meetings. Helps recruit adult leaders and attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting.

Advancement Chair— Maintains advancement records for the pack. Orders and obtains all badges and insignia. Attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting.

New Member Coordinator— Manages the transition of new Scouts into the pack and coordinates orientation for new Scouting families. Responsible for the marketing and recruiting initiatives of the pack as well as the growth and retention of the unit.

Secretary— Keeps records of the pack committee meetings and communicates with families about upcoming pack events and activities.

Treasurer— Keeps all financial records for the pack, including the pack bank account, and gives a monthly financial report to the pack committee. Attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting.

Training

The Boy Scouts of America offers convenient training for parents who volunteer. As a new parent, you can learn all about Cub Scouting and how quality Scouting programs are built. Log on to my.scouting.org and create an account to gain access to all available training content. For more information about training at all levels of the program, go to scouting.org/training.

Youth Protection

Child abuse is a serious problem in our society, and unfortunately, it can occur anywhere, even in Scouting. Youth safety is of paramount importance to Scouting. For that reason, the BSA continues to create barriers to abuse beyond what have previously existed in Scouting.

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on providing the most secure environment possible for its youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA has developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with multiple online and print resources for all Scouting programs.

All leaders are required to complete Youth Protection training. All parents are encouraged to take the training. To complete the training online, go to my.Scouting.org and establish an account using the member number you receive when you register for BSA membership. If you take the training online before you obtain a member number, be sure to return to my.scouting.org and enter your number for training record credit. Your BSA local council also provides training on a regular basis if you cannot take it online.

How Much Does Pack 443 Cost?

Note: The following costs are for 2023 and will change year-to-year.

 
2023 Cost per Scout

$180  If you join at the beginning of the school year, you will pay a prorated amount.

 
Adult Leader Fee

$0  Pack 443 covers this cost and is always looking for parents to join our team!

 
2023 Scout Life magazine year subscription

$12  Optional but strongly recommended for all our boys.

 
Uniform and Handbooks

Varies  Uniforms and handbooks may be purchased at our local Scout Shop or online.

You Are Not Alone!

Your den is in a pack that belongs to an organization chartered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to operate a Cub Scout pack. Pack 443’s charter organization, Donald F Walsh Jr Foundation, approves leadership, helps secure a meeting place, and makes sure that the pack works within the guidelines and policies of their organization as well as those of the BSA.

Many volunteers and BSA professionals are interested in the success of your pack. A special volunteer assigned to help your pack is called a commissioner. The commissioner helps the pack provide a successful and high-quality program. The commissioner is also the communication link between your pack, Iron Horse District and the local council, Circle Ten.

There are professional staff at your Circle Ten’s council service center who can help or will get you in touch with someone who can.

Cub Scout Uniform and Handbook

Check out BSA’s Cub Scout Uniform requirements or consult with your Den Leader or Cubmaster for guidance. Generally speaking, Pack 443 Cub Scouts wear the uniform to indoor den and pack events. Otherwise, we wear our Pack 443 activity shirts.

You may purchase your scout’s uniform online at Scout Shop, but it’s easier if you visit one of the local scout shops: 

    • Region 10 Scout Shop in Fairview (5600 US Hwy 75 South, Fairview, TX, 75069)
    • Lewisville Scout Shop (2305 TX-121 #180, Lewisville, TX, 75067)

These shops offer sewing services 🙂

Besides the uniform, please obtain a handbook to track your scout’s progress through the year.

FAQ

 

Will my children be safe?

Safety is our number one priority. Scouting has the most comprehensive youth protection policies of any youth organization. Please read the BSA’s Guide to Safe Scouting for more information.

 

Is Scouting relevant anymore? Is it for families like mine?

The ideals the Scouting program teaches are timeless. Scouting builds respect for others, character, fitness and leadership and so much more. Scouting helps youth become their best future selves. It prepares them for life!

 

Will our kids get exposure to new things and opportunities?

Scouting is all about trying new things and new experiences. Whether it’s camping or STEM activities – you can find it in Scouting. It’s an amazing adventure for the whole family.

 

Can girls join?

Yes, girls are part of Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts. That said, Pack 443 has decided to remain geared towards K-5 boys only.