About Us and FAQs about Joining Pack 631 and about Pack Activities

Welcome!  See this 3 minute "Welcome to Cub Scouting" YouTube Video for a quick overview of Cub Scouting.  Pack 631 is sponsored by Woodward Academy, and our Dens operate out of Woodward's Primary School (Lions, Tigers, Wolves and Bears in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade), and Lower School (Webelos I and II Dens in 4th and 5th Grade - "Webelos" is an acronym for "We'll Be Loyal Scouts").  Parents lead the program -- and work together to help raise young people through Scouting adventures in their grade level "dens" and in the Pack. 

2021 Update.  Cub Scouting was different in the pandemic – and the same.  The Adventures were the same, just often done by the family or in small safe groups.  We will continue to follow all prudent pandemic protocols -- including all Woodward Academy requirements -- but we believe we can safely do more group activities, especially outside, because Scouting is Outing!  We've updated our FAQs (see Frequently Asked Questions About Pack 631 and How it Works), and you'll see that Pack 631's dens make their schedules to fit the families in the dens -- some dens may meet once a month (often on a weekend day somewhere interesting around Atlanta) other dens may meet twice a month (maybe after school, maybe not) -- it's up to the families, because moms and dads lead the dens.  At some grade levels, there may be more than one "den", with one meeting on a weekend schedule, and another on a weekday schedule -- it's up to the families.  We don't do "Pack Meetings", but the Pack has weekend events like campouts, hikes, and other fun activities.  Please also see our photo site to get ideas about what we do.  And we want girls to do Cub Scouting too!

For Parents and Prospects: Pack 631 is a Volunteer Program run by Parents, suppporting each other, and sharing the work and rewards; here's more of an overview of Cub Scouting.  For the Program to work, we must have commitment from Parents, so that all Dens have enough regular leadership, and all Pack Roles are filled (and jobs shared).  Every year some Den and Pack Leaders will "retire" from their commitments -- and other Parents must step up and help if the program is to run.  To make that work, every Parent must agree to the "Every Parent Leads" commitment.

Also attached below is a set of "Frequently Asked Questions" about the Pack (these are also found here).  Or ask the Pack Chair or Pack Trainer for more information.

To sign up a new Pack 631 Scout (if you are not currently registered in Pack 631 -- if you were in last year, skip below to "sign up a returning Pack 631 Scout" -- if you're not sure, click on your Scout's name in the Roster ... if there is no "BSA No.", then you need to do these steps), read the "Every Parent Leads" rules below and then:

First, registration and payment with the BSA (BeAScout.org)

  1. Click this link
  2. If you (the adult) do not have an existing "profile" (Username and Password), create one (and remember it for later).  If you have an existing "profile", use that.  
  3. It will ask whether you're registering for yourself (as an adult volunteer) or for your child.  We do want adult volunteers (more below), so for now, click "Start" under "Youth". 
  4. It will ask if the child is a current or former Scout ... you'll probably click "No".  But if the answer is "yes", it will ask for your BSA ID Number, needed to transfer a current paid registration by becoming a "multiple" registration for the rest of the year (if you are current in this calendar year) or to avoid the $25 new member fee if you were registered in the BSA somewhere over the last five years.  If you don't know that BSA number, email webmaster@atlanta631.mypack.us and we'll try to sort it out for you
  5. That takes you to a "Tell Us About Your Child" page, and from there, follow the prompts, enter the information, set up a "My.Scouting" account (please save your Username and Password), and checkout and pay for your Scout Registration Fee and Boy's Life Subscription through the remainder of this Calendar Year. 

Second, signup and payment here for other Scouting Costs.  Pack Dues are $130 for all Scouts for the 2020-21 year (current Scouts are already paid through December).  See this page to find out what the $130 goes towards, and this page about Uniform Stuff since we provide some pieces.  More at our About Us & How to Join Page about the "Every Parent Leads" policy, and there and below regarding Youth and Leader Applications.  Our process involves: 

  1. Click "Register" on our "Pack Dues Registration" page.  
  2. Click the dropdown list of "Scouts", and scroll down to select your Scout's name.  If the name is not listed there, email applications@atlanta631.mypack.us and we'll add you.
  3. Click "Attending".  
  4. Then follow the prompts to Check Out and pay through PayPal.

If Pack Dues of $130.00 is an issue, contact the Pack Chair or Pack Trainer

To sign up a returning Pack 631 Scout (one currently registered in Pack 631 the previous spring):  click "Register" on our "Pack Dues Registration" page to pay Pack Dues.  

Adults are encouraged to Register as Leaders or Committee Members (cost included in your Scout's dues, and you get "Scouting Magazine" online), 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/ (remember your Username and Password when you access to complete Youth Protection Training): 

  1. Click this link.  It will take you to My.Scouting where you need to create a profile (Username and Password) if this is your first use of My.Scouting, and then to the Pack 631 Registration Page.
  2. It will ask whether you're registering for yourself (as an adult volunteer) or for your child, so click "Start" under "Adult".   
  3. That takes you to a series of pages for Basic and Background Information (the BSA runs background checks), so 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. 
  4. 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 will prompt you to complete "Youth Protection Training" by taking the course at https://my.scouting.org/).  If you do it online now (or have done it recently on the same my.scouting.org profile), you should sync up right away in the online Adult Application.  If you want to print the YPT Certificate (you don't need to), 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 - but if you complete the course all the way through, and then complete your Online Registration, you won't need a printed certificate.

There is no "dues" cost to being a Leader; Leader fees are covered in the Pack Dues, so email the webmaster for a reimbursement.   

Other Stuff.  For uniforms and equipment, our Pack is in the Atlanta Area Council, which has a Scout Volunteer Service Center and Shops to serve Parents and Leaders (or see this link for the closest store).  An Annual Health Form is required for Summer Camp and some other BSA events (see the FAQs at the bottom of the Health & Medical Record Page and the form is new for 2020, but in 2020 the old form works too, as reported here) -- but for Den and Pack Meetings, please advise your Den Leader if your Scout has a health or other condition that needs attention.  To get an insight into Leadership in Scouting (what you can do, and what other parents are doing for your Scout -- current Pack and Den Roles are attached, also listing those who need to select how they will lead), please take one or more courses on line at https://my.scouting.org/, including Cub Scout Leader training and Youth Protection training.