Scout Me In ... Join Pack 631!

Scout Me In!  Welcome to Pack 631, Sponsored by Woodward Academy!  This year everyone is still fired up and ready for Pack 631 to go camping and hiking and biking and fishing and trailblazing and more!  Last year, Pack 631 had a great October Campout on the lake, did Winter Rockclimb Overnighting at Stone Summit, Pinewood Derby, did more spring camping in "Yurts", and biked and hiked and explored many other wild places. 

New This Year: Girls in Cub Scouting!  Yes, we are open to girls joining us, with adult female leaders to help support them.  And kindergarten kids too.  For more, see New for 2018 - Girls and Lions.

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.  There's a lot that we might do, if Every Parent Leads and helps out ... 

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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Other Activities at Woodward

Posted on Aug 12 2018 - 12:55pm

Attached are some flyers from some of the other "Co-Curricular" Activities at Woodward Academy:

  • GirlScouts (Contact is Tiffany Thornton at TiffMThornt3@hotmail.com ... Girls can be in both Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts) 
  • Chess Club (Wednesdays)
  • Golf (Mondays)
  • Martial Science (Wednesdays)

Can one do both Cub Scouts and these activities?  Sure ... Girls can be in both Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts, and anyone can be in Chess, Golf and Martial Science, as well as Cub Scouts ... a Den might actually build Cub Scouting around one or the other of Chess, Golf and Martial Science (do the sport, then do Cub Scout Adventures -- and Cub Scout Adventures include sports!)

FAQ: New for 2018 – Girls (all Dens) and Lions (Kindergarten Dens)

Posted on Aug 8 2018 - 6:14pm

Here's some Information about How Pack 631 will Welcome Girls and Kindergarten Kids this year -- some Questions and Answers: 

Really?  Girls can be in Cub Scouts now?  I thought it was just for boys?  Yes, starting in 2018, Packs may welcome girls into Cub Scouting, and Pack 631 chartered by Woodward Academy is a Pack that welcomes the whole family to participate – boys and girls, kindergarten through 5th Grade.  This follows an October 2017 announcement by the BSA that “The Boy Scouts of America’s Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.”  The program for older girls (11 to 18) officially launches in February, 2019, as there will be BSA Troops for girls – that program is called “Scouts BSA”, for both boys and girls, formerly called "Boy Scouts" (like "I'm in Boy Scouts" or “I’m in a Boy Scout Troop”).  The overall organization remains “Boy Scouts of America” or BSA. 

Will the Cub Scout program be different for girls?  No, except that with girls in the program, we need to have enough adult female leaders (more below on this), so that the girls have adult female role models.  But the activities, program, handbooks and advancement requirements for Cub Scouts are the same for boys and for girls – and Packs that welcomed girls in January of 2018 report that girls like Cub Scouting activity as much as boys.  (We’ve seen that in Pack 631 since many sisters of Scouts tagged along for years – now they can be Scouts.)  The ideals of the program apply as equally to both, as found in the “Scout Law”: A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.  

But what about Girl Scouts?  Shouldn’t girls be in Girl Scouts?  We sure encourage that, and applaud the strong Girl Scout programs in and around Woodward.  Our goal is that this adds a program to Woodward co-curricular offerings so that more kids participate in Scouting – either Girl Scouts or the BSA – and doesn’t cause a drop in either.  The BSA celebrates all youth-serving organizations that build character and feel the most important thing is to allow parents the ability to choose what program is best for their family.  For some, it is Girl Scouts.  For some, Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA.  For some, it will be both! 

How will girls be involved in Cub Scout activities?  Will they always be in separate “all girl” groups, or will they always just be mixed in with the boys?  The answers are: it’s a bit of both, and the actual application of this will depend on (1) the numbers of girls and boys at each grade level, (2) the involvement and preferences of participating families (more leaders makes more options available), and (3) the judgment and ability of your volunteer leaders (some will be more comfortable with both boys and girls, some might prefer to work with only one gender).  So, sometimes girls and boys will do things together, and sometimes they will be in single gender groups. 

Here’s some factors that will impact how the Pack and dens decide to handle that: 

Back to Pack 631 Survey - What Would You Like to Do

Posted on Aug 1 2018 - 3:37pm

Click this survey link to share feedback on Cub Scouts last year and give ideas for this year or click www.surveymonkey.com/r/Pack_631_Survey_2018.  To share your plans for the upcoming year, feel free also to go to the Registration Page, then click "Register", select your Scout's name, and under "Attending" click "Yes" or "No".   

News Flash: Pack Activities Happen if Every Parent Leads (something) and people help out as they can ...

Posted on Aug 1 2018 - 3:37pm

From your Pack Trainer (and a former Cubmaster):  All Pack activities happen if Every Parent Leads (something) and people help out ... there's lots of ways to help: Do what you like to do!  Share the load -- you lead this, I'll lead that, we'll help here ... it can all happen.  Kids are kids only for a few years ... so help as you can -- do what you do!  Also ...  Being "Cubmaster" Doesn't Mean "Do Everything Josh Did".  Yes, we're very lucky that Josh did so much ... but as parents and others step up into Pack Roles (see this page on the left hand menu) and Den Level Roles (see this page), and share the community effort of a terrific program of youth activities, values, fun, action, outdoors, adventure and more ... it all will get done.     

Summer Event Registration - Go! Have Fun ...

Posted on Jun 13 2018 - 11:17am

See the "Event Registrations" on the right side of the Website and eBlast news, and if you are planning to go, or thinking about going, click on the event, hit "Register" and click "Attending" -- add a comment if you're a "maybe" or "just thinking about it" or want to say "we'd like to go, but would be happier if others went too".  But know this:  those Overnight Camps events and Twilight Camp events do not require that a den or some other group register -- individual signups are fine.  We've had parent and child attendees at Overnight Camp who had a blast.

Can We Sign Up to Come Back for the Next Program Year?

Posted on Jun 6 2018 - 4:26pm

Yes!  Signups are open for returning Scouts (those who were registered with the BSA in our Pack in the Spring) at https://atlanta631.mypack.us/node/2887, and for anyone else, girl or boy, rising K through 5th Grade, at https://atlanta631.mypack.us/node/2886.  If you have decided not to return, you can also register, and click "not attending" under either.  

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