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  • What is the mission of Scouting?
    To prepare youth to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
  • What do Pack 1 Mpls. Cub Scouts do?
    Pack 1 Mpls. Scouts do a lot! What attracts area K-5 youth to Pack 1 Mpls. -- and keeps 'em coming back year after year -- are the many fun, challenging and confidence-building activities we do: -- Adventuring in four weekend campouts a year -- Targeting bullseyes with bows and arrows -- Climbing and rappelling -- Acting in hilarious Campfire Program skits -- Heaving flying discs across "Frisbee Golf" courses -- Cooking over open fires -- Hiking along rivers and creeks and through the woods -- Eliciting uproarious laughter (or loud groans!) with corny Campfire Program jokes -- Clambering over obstacles on Challenge Courses -- Flying on a sled, exhilarated, down snow-packed hills -- Singing around a campfire as loudly (or as softly) as you care to -- Designing, crafting, launching and chasing after tissue-paper hot-air balloons -- Jigging for and reeling in big fish -- Designing, cutting, decorating and racing Pinewood Derby cars -- Pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, digging, cutting, building, stacking, bagging, scraping, gathering, tossing, swinging -- sweating!!! -- in service projects that benefit our community and our neighbors. Cub Scouting is doing! All Pack 1 Mpls. activities and adventures aim to get our Scouts and families active -- get us up, get us out, get us doing! In doing so, our Scouts have a lot of fun, get a lot of exercise, gain a lot of confidence, and learn a lot of outdoor, First Aid, teamwork, community-strengthening and leadership skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.
  • What can parents/guardians do in Pack 1 Mpls?
    Pack 1 parents can do a lot! As a Family Pack, Pack 1 Mpls. welcomes and encourages parent/guardian participation in all our adventures and activities. Parents/guardians may participate as volunteer leaders, or simply accompany their Scout on adventures and activities, enjoying them side by side. While Scouts' Den Leaders will help them earn required advancement awards, parents/guardians are essential also in a youth's growth and development in Scouting. When Scouts are young, they will need more leader and parent/guardian guidance. As they mature, grow and gain confidence, Scouts will become more self-reliant and capable, enabling them to attend meetings and some other activities without a parent/guardian chaperone. Some adventures and activities, however, will always require a parent/guardian's participation.
  • When I was a kid, Cub Scouts was just for boys -- is membership now open to ALL youth?
    Yes! Membership in Cub Scouts is open nationally to ALL youth between the ages of 5 and 10, regardless of gender (or gender identity). Locally, Cub Scout groups can be organized into co-ed Family Packs or separate Boy Packs and/or Girl Packs. Chartered and operating in South Minneapolis, Pack 1 Mpls. is a Family Pack. Pack 1 Mpls. welcomes as members ALL area youth between the ages of 5 and 10, be they boys, girls, or identify as non-binary. And we welcome and encourage participation of all family members in all our adventures and activities.
  • How old (or young) can a youth be to join?
    Cub Scouting is for boys and girls in Kindergarten through fifth grades, or 6 to 10 years of age. Children who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouts, but they are eligible to join a Boy Scout Troop.
  • How do our Scouts achieve their goals?
    Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Many of the activities happen in the den (with the children in their grade) or with the entire Pack (with all the grade levels). Our Scouts always have “Go-and-See's” and plenty of outdoor and indoor activities to help them achieve goals.
  • What supplies and equipment are needed?
    At minimum, each youth in Cub Scouting will need a uniform and will receive a handbook. Each year, the handbook changes, as does the cap and neckerchief, but other uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years. When a Scout enters a Webelos den, he or she may need to obtain a new uniform if the parents in the den opt for the khaki-and-olive uniform. Annual dues are reasonable and no child is turned away for inability to pay. Handbooks and advancement items are provided as part of your annual dues. New uniforms usually total about $40.00; used uniforms are often available – please contact us. Additional fees are minimal and reasonable, especially if you participate in the Pack’s Fall Wreath Sale. The Pack and Council also have Scholarship programs designed to ensure that every child who wants to join and participate can do so.
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