BSA Mission Statement
To prepare young people to make
ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the
values of the Scout Oath and Law.
As with any mission statement, the Boy Scouts of America's mission statement encompasses grand abstract ideals. How does a Cub Scout pack put together a program for kindergarten - fifth grade boys and girls that lives up to these grand ideals? In Pack 618 we do it by providing a good mix of fun indoor and outdoor activities, teaching citizenship and respect for our country and those who protect us, fostering our scouts in developing a heart for helping others with no less than four service projects each year, and teaching appreciation of and responsibility for our environment by modeling leave no trace principles.
Pack 618 is Chartered by Countryside YMCA. Our Pack Meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday each month in the Event Center at Countryside YMCA. Our pack meetings begin at 6:30 and usually last from 60 - 90 minutes. Pack meetings include a flag ceremony, recognition of scouts' efforts with awards and a fun activity for our scouts and their families.
What will I get to do if I join Cub Scouts? The answer is if you are a cub scout in pack 618 you will do A LOT! We have lots of fun activities held both inside and outside. We participate in Lebanon Citywide Cub Scout events like parades, festivals and a Citywide Pinewood Derby. We enjoy Hopewell District events like the fall Cub-O-Ree and Spook-O-Ree and the January Klondike Derby. We do service projects to help our community like cleaning up one of our local streams and we help out at Countryside YMCA with events like Family Unplugged, Mud-O-Ween, and respite care services for children with special needs. We learn to appreciate and show respect for our country and the people who protect us with programs led by police officers and heroes from our armed services. We show reverence to God by participating in a Scout Sunday event every February. Every year we celebrate our scouts who graduate to Boy Scouts with a Blue and Gold Banquet, and we have a lot of fun with our Halloween carnival, Christmas party, skating party, and Pack 618 Pinewood Derby.
Keeping all our events organized and our families informed is a big job. We use Scoutbook, a program specifically designed to help us do just that. When you join our pack, your family will receive an invitation to set up a Scoutbook user ID. We highly recommend you do that so that you don't miss any important information. We also have a private Facebook group where we share fun things and make ad hoc announcements. Just as we do with Scoutbook, we will send you an invitation to join the Facebook group when you join our pack.
Now that we've got all that business stuff out of the way, please take a look at our pack calendar. There is a link to this year's calendar in the contact information below.
Pack 618 in a Nutshell:
Our pack program focuses on teaching and living the scout law, service to other people, and service to our community.
We actively work with and in our geographic community and with our scouting community.
We have lots of fun learning life skills and making lasting friendships.
For More Information About Us:
Nathan Duncan, Cubmaster
Cathy Feinauer, Committee Chair