Cub Scout basics

    About the Pack and Dens

Every Cub Scout is a member of a Pack, which consists of Scouts in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The Pack is then divided into smaller groups called Dens.  Each Cub Scout Den is made up of scouts that are about the same age or grade level.

Cub Scout ranksPack 534 is made up of six den levels:
  • Lion Scouts - kindergarten
  • Tiger Scouts - first grade
  • Wolf Scouts - second grade
  • Bear Scouts - third grade
  • Webelos - fourth grade
  • Arrow of Light (also known as Webelos II) - fifth grade
Click here to learn more about each Den and the kinds of activities they have planned this year.  

During the school year, Scouts in Pack 534 will have the opportunity to attend a Pack meeting, a den meeting, and a Pack activity. Pack and den meetings usually last about an hour. 

Pack meetings:
The entire Pack typically meets on the third Friday of each month at Gregory Middle School.  Pack meetings include advancement and recognition, awards, skits, demonstrations, fun, and games. At past meetings, the Pack has held Pinewood Derby races, physical fitness challenges, woodworking sessions, STEM (science) nights, and Blue and Gold dinners. 

Pack activities: 
During the school year, the Pack also meets regularly outside of the meetings. Three times a year, the Pack holds campouts where Scouts can learn outdoor skills and earn rank requirements. Other activities have included: rocket launches, services projects, fishing derbies, museum overnights, sleeping over in a World War II submarine, and many more. The Pack also has a monthly hiking club, where Scouts can earn awards for the number of miles they hiked.

Den meetings:
Dens will typically meet once each month to have fun and complete rank requirements. Dens often meet at Clow Elementary School or in the den leader's home. Dens also have outings to places such as fire stations, museums, radio stations, nature centers and more.

Awards & recognition

While having fun, scouts also earn badges, patches, pins and belt loops that correspond to specific achievements and adventures. 

Scouts also have a chance to take home a trophy at our annual Pinewood Derby.

When a scout has earned an award, the Cubmaster will present it to them in front of the whole pack at the monthly Pack Meet. A scout's hard work will always be recognized!

    About the uniform

Cub Scout uniforms with rankThe Cub Scout uniform has been an important part of Scouting since the beginning. It creates a sense of belonging to the Den, the Pack, and the Boy Scouts of America. Badges on the uniform allow a Scout to be immediately recognized for their achievements and awards. The uniform itself identifies a good citizen to the entire community. 

For these reasons, among others, all parents should emphasize to their Scouts the importance of wearing the correct and complete uniform on all suitable occasions, including all Den meetings, Pack meetings, and most activities.

Parents are responsible for purchasing the Cub Scout uniform, required components include:
  • Shirt (blue for Tiger, Wolf, and Bear - blue or tan for Webelos). Lions can wear the Lion t-shirt.
  • Neckerchief and slide for the appropriate rank
  • Hat for the appropriate rank
  • Cub Scout belt (Adventure Loops earned are worn on the belt)
  • Identification badges (Three Fires Council Shoulder patch, Red Unit Numerals for "534", Den number patch, purple World Crest Emblem)
  • Red felt brag vest (optional)
  • Pack 534 does NOT require the socks or Scout pants. (Any pants with belt loops are appropriate.)
Pack 534 provides all earned badges as part of a Cub Scout's annual Pack dues.  This typically includes:
Cub Scout uniform
  • Rank badges (Bobcat, Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, Webelos)
  • Recognition emblems (Adventure belt loops)
  • Segments and event-specific badges for the brag vest
Uniforms can be purchased in several locations, including:
For more information on the uniform, check the BSA Cub Scout Uniform Guide.
For proper placement of patches, check the BSA Cub Scout Insignia Guides.