Joining The Pack
This page is for families who would like to join Steamboat's Cub Scout Pack 194, and need to know the basics, like "When do we meet?", "How much does it cost?", "What activities are there?" etc.
When do we meet?
We typically meet 3 to 4 times per month, between September and May.
Meetings are held on Wednesdays, between 6:30PM and 7:30PM in the cafeteria at the Steamboat Springs Middle School on Amethyst Drive.
Meetings are either Den Meetings, where each den splits off to work on den-specific achievements, so that scouts can earn badges, belt-loops, pins and other awards, Pack Meetings, or Awards Nights.
What are the activities?
Aside from our Den and Pack Meetings, our calendar is chock-full of fun and exciting events. These change somewhat from year to year, but a typical year sees us doing these things:
We also carry out service projects through the year. For example, this may involve cleaning up the Core Trail or shovelling snow from areas around Howelsen Hill.
How much does it cost?
Annual dues for a scout in his first year with the pack total $141.00.
Annual dues thereafter are $95. Money from annual dues also contributes to the costs of award advancement, Pinewood Derby cars, Raingutter Regatta boats, Space derby, Rocket Launch kits, supplies and rental costs. It does not include the uniform itself, which can be purchased separately through ScoutStuff or the Western Colorado Council Scout Shop on (888) 248-0045. Prices vary and some uniform items are optional, however a basic uniform including shirt, cap, Pack numbers, shoulder loops, neckerchief and neckerchief slide and World Crest emblem is around $63 - $76.
We work hard to keep fees as low as possible and rely on our annual Popcorn Fundraiser for most of the costs incurred by the pack. It is important to us that scouting is accessible for any boy that wants to participate, so if pack fees or uniform costs will be onerous, please discuss this with a leader, as sponsorship options are available.
You probably like administration and paperwork about as much as we do, however there are a few forms that need to be completed upon joining the pack. If you have any trouble completing the forms online, a leader can provide paper copies for you.
- A BSA Youth Application
- This form needs to be completed for each new scout (not returning scouts). This form can be completed online, without the need to print.
- Pack 194 Family Information Form
- The pack collects family information for each scout. This form does not need to be completed for returning scouts, unless your family information has changed.
- Once your Family Information Form is complete, you will receive an invitation to access your account on Scoutbook. Scoutbook is the way that we track each scout's advancement and share records with you so you can view and edit his progress. Please update all the details in your son's and your own profile on Scoutbook. As he completes achievements, either at scout meetings or at home, enter these achievements in Scoutbook, for approval by his den leader. Scoutbook is a BSA system and therefore it is important that all achievements are entered as they will represent his official record throughout his scouting career.
- Code of Conduct
- This form should be printed, completed and signed by both a parent and the scout.
- A BSA Adult Application form must be completed for each parent that plans to take up any kind of leadership role within the pack. It is not required to be completed by all parents, however we greatly encourage all parents to be in some way involved in the pack other than as a parent. Please note when completing this form, that it is important to fill in all the fields and answer all the questions. It can't be completed online, it needs to be printed.
- Link to Scouting Forms from the National Council
Which den will my boy be part of?
Boys can join Cub Scouts as soon as they have graduated from Kindergarten, or later. There are five dens within the Cub Scout Pack:
Tiger Den - For boys in 1st Grade (6-7 years old)
Wolf Den - For boys in 2nd Grade (7-8 years old)
Bear Den - For boys in 3rd Grade (8-9 years old)
Webelos 1 - For boys in 4rd Grade (9-10 years old)
Webelos 2 - For boys in 5th Grade (10-11 years old)
What involvement do parents have?
Cub Scouting is a family program that depends a lot on parent involvement. The scouting journey is one for a scout and his father/mother/guardian to travel together, to enjoy activities that build character, teach skills and knowledge and have fun. Local scouting organizations are not commercial operations. In fact, they are not even like most Not For Profit organizations. No local leaders are paid for their time; they are parents just like you, who have volunteered their time to help run the pack.
Parents need to be involved with their son(s) throughout meetings and events and are strongly encouraged to to be involved in other ways, such as becoming a leader, undertaking training, coordinating events or helping with pack administration requirements. For more information, please see the Parent Involvement page on this site.