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Join Pack 631 as We Aim to Get Wild ...

Welcome to the Pack 631 website!   This year we're still gonna Be One With The Wild as Pack 631 goes camping and hiking and biking and trailblazing and more!  Last year, Pack 631 had a great October Campout on the lake, did Winter "sharknado" overnighting at the Aquarium, did more spring camping, and biked and hiked and explored many other wild places. 

What Wild activities will we plan next?  Stay tuned for details here on the website and "like us" on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Pack631.  See the attached flyer ... our main activities are listed there. 

Once you Login, you will have access to a full calendar of Wild events!  Forgot how to Login? Email the Webmaster!   Not a member of the Pack, but think you might be Wild enough to join?  For contact information about Pack 631, please see our About Us and How to Join page on the left menu bar.  Need even more info, please contact the Cubmaster or Pack Committee Chair.

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Registration Update -- Youth Online Registration

Posted on Nov 1 2017 - 6:41pm

To sign up a new Pack 631 Scout (if you were not currently registered in Pack 631 in the Spring of 2017 with a BSA registration number -- if you're not sure, click on your son's name in the Roster ... if there is no "BSA No.", then do these steps ... thanks to those who have so far): 

  • first, read the "Every Parent Leads" rules, 
  • second, go to this "New Youth Registration" page and follow the steps there to (1) Register with the Boy Scouts of America (and pay Registration and "Boy's Life" Magazine for the rest of the calendar year), and (2) Sign Up with Pack 631 and pay for the rest of the Scouting costs that come with Pack 631 dues.  
  • Some of you have only done step (2), and not completed step (1), and so you need to go to this "New Youth Registration" page and follow the steps there to (1) Register with the Boy Scouts of America (and pay Registration and "Boy's Life" Magazine for the rest of the calendar year).
  • Some of you have not yet paid pack dues on this "New Youth Registration" page , and you can do that by hitting the "plus sign" next to your son's name.  If there is no "plus sign", we have seen payment from PayPal.

To sign up a returning Pack 631 Scout (if you are currently registered in Pack 631 in the Spring of 2017 with a BSA registration number -- if you're not sure, click on your son's name in the Roster ... if there is a "BSA No.", then do this:   go to this "Returning Youth Registration" page and follow the steps there to Sign Up with Pack 631 for 2017-2018 and pay Pack 631 dues.

Adults are encouraged to Register as Leaders or Committee Members (cost included in your son's dues, and you get "Scouting Magazine"), and adults who will have a Den or Pack Leadership role need to Register.  To do that if you are not a currently registered Pack 631 leader who has maintained Youth Protection Training current (every two years), which you take at https://my.scouting.org/:

  1. Go to this "Be A Scout" page, and click "Get Started" on the upper right hand side.
  2. That will take you to a page where the "default" is Cub Scouting ... then scroll down and enter the Zip Code 30337 to get you to a list of packs around College Park.
  3. Pack 631 will appear at the top of a list, so click "Show Unit" and an info page will pop up ... click "Apply Now" to start the signup process.
  4. Most of you will be "new to Scouting", so click that button (if you have a My.Scouting.org account, you'll enter your username/password).
  5. That takes you to a "Welcome" page, and from there, click "Become a Volunteer", follow the prompts, enter the information, set up a "My.Scouting" account, and checkout and pay for your BSA Registration Fee through the remainder of this Calendar Year. 
  6. If you do not have a current BSA registration number with current -- within two years -- "Youth Protection Training", as shown at https://my.scouting.org/, your Adult Application needs to be coupled with evidence of completion of "Youth Protection Training" by taking the course at https://my.scouting.org/ and printing the completion certificate).  To print the YPT Certificate, at the end of the Course, it will ask you for your "Council", and ours is "Atlanta Area Council", then enter your name on the final page, and 631 as the unit number, and follow the instructions to Print the Certificate.

There is no "dues" cost to being a Leader; Leader fees are covered in the Pack Dues, so contact the webmaster for a reimbursement.  To take Youth Protection Training On Line, see our Adult Leader Training Page for how to access https://my.scouting.org/ and for more

FAQs Updated ... to reflect the more active and "going places / doing things" program

Posted on Oct 25 2017 - 5:01pm

From the Pack Trainer (Bert Bender, former Cubmaster) ... the FAQs about Pack and Den and Cub Scout operations have been updated (as found in the About Us & How to Join page, and on the left side of the Website) ... because with the new (in 2015) Cub Adventures and Handbooks are so much more hands on and emphasize outdoor activities and games and hiking and sports and camping and such ... it sounds like most of our Dens will not do "after school" meetings but "weekend" activities at destinations around town. 

So a new FAQ is posted in the Den and Pack Activity Meeting page ... asking "So where can we go for Den Adventures if we're not having a "meeting" in a Classroom?"

Answer:  Anywhere that is “Fun for Kids, Fun for Families, and Safe”.  Pack 631 lives all over the metro area, so go all over the Metro Area … for “half day” or longer Den Adventures, find a place that fits what you want to do … that helps Keep It Simple and Makes It Fun.  Maybe the Civil Rights Museum, or the College Football Museum … maybe a State Park or Nature Center with the help of Ranger … maybe a youth fitness event or a sporting event … or a parade … or the Center for Puppetry Arts … or a Path Foundation Bike Trail (many of which are more "cub sized" than the Silver Comet).  

You could even do a “tour of playground”: let families share “their favorite playground”, and host a Den Adventure there … you can still do the Handbook work around a table or sitting on the ground as you rest after play, and have Scout-like openings and closings.  For a long list of super fun places … and some groups that will help you provide program … see the “Activities and Events around Atlanta” attachment at the District “Activity Ideas” page here.  Enjoy the

Breaking news: Girls in Cub Scouting ... Starting in 2018

Posted on Oct 11 2017 - 5:35pm

An early post-Trailblazer weekend eBlast, because of breaking news about the Scouting program.  See this announcement that says, among other things, that "Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts."  Yeah, it says also that  "Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls", but feedback to the National office is that it is most likely that this will be often just a roster note, and that most dens will join together for all activities, to make it easier for parents to deliver the program.  Beyond 5th Grade, the announcement indicates that girls will be able to do Troop activities just like Boy Scouts, including earning the Eagle Scout Rank.  More on the nightly news, we are sure ... and more this afternoon on this Official BSA Blog.  And this fact sheet release and this FAQ release.

Trailblazer Photos ... Got Pix?

Posted on Oct 8 2017 - 1:08pm

See the Gallery of Trailblazer Camping Photos.   Got photos?  Email the Webmaster for how to upload on our site.

Check out our First Grade Tigers!

Posted on Oct 4 2017 - 6:43pm

See this Photo Gallery on our Photo Website of our First Grade Tigers in action.  Great Pictures!  If your Den wants a gallery set up at https://pack631.smugmug.com/Pack631CubScoutEvents, just email webmaster@atlanta631.mypack.us

Cub Scout Parent Orientation -- this Saturday, September 23, 10 to 2:00

Posted on Sep 20 2017 - 6:58pm

Your Pack Trainer (who helped create the advancement program in your boys' handbooks) is conducting another Cub Scout Parent and Leader Orientation Saturday, September 2, 10 to 2:00, at Fairfield Baptist Church, located at 6133 Redan Road, Lithonia 30058.  If you want to attend, just email bert.bender@alston.com.  

Not a Leader, but have a Son: yes, this is for you … if you’re not a Den Leader, we’ll show how to help your Den and Pack do Cub Scouting so your son will be so proud of you and you have more fun … and if you are a Den Leader, congratulations and thanks (you’re a hero), and we’ll show how to do Den Adventures, and describe ways others can help you help kids.    

For current Leaders, yes, this is for you too … you may have experience as a Den or Pack leader, but this covers some of the changes that came down last winter, and puts a new focus on the more hands-on active way to deliver the program.  Fewer meetings, more fun, more activity, more adventure, more memories

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