Cub Scout Pack Meetings
The monthly pack meeting brings together boys from every den, their leaders,
and their families, to participate in a large-scale event that serves as a
showcase for everything the boys have learned and done in their individual den
meetings. The pack meeting gives the boys a larger experience beyond their own
den, and helps them to connect their individual activities to the entire Cub
The Pack Meeting Location
Pack meetings are usually held at the chartered organization's facility or
at another location provided or arranged by the organization. The meeting space
will need to be large enough to accommodate all Cub Scouts and leaders in
several dens, along with their families, and provide space for exhibits of den
projects, presentations such as den skits and stunts, group activities, and
Pack meetings are generally held in the same place and at the same time each
month, except when they involve outdoor activities. Blue and gold banquets,
derbies, and other special events may also require a different meeting
Pack Meeting Attendance
Cub Scouting is a family program. Pack meetings are for families—parents
or guardians, brothers, sisters, and other family members—as well as all
the Cub Scouts, den leaders, and pack leaders. District Scouters, such as the
unit commissioner, should always be invited to attend, along with members from
the chartered organization, community leaders, or anyone the pack leadership
wishes to invite. Visitors from another pack, a troop, or a crew may also be
The Pack Meeting Agenda
Cub Scout pack meetings have seven parts:
- Before the Meeting. Adult leaders in the pack gather to be sure
the meeting place is prepared: the room is set up, exhibits and displays
are prepared, equipment is ready, and the agenda is distributed.
- Gathering. A gathering time provides interesting things for boy
and families to do while waiting for everyone else to arrive.
- Opening. A brief ceremony marks the beginning of the meeting. Pack
ceremonies often consist of a flag presentation, a brief prayer, or a
- Program. The program section of the meeting may include
presentations and performances by the dens that demonstrate things the
boys learned during the month, activities that involve the entire
audience, or a featured event.
- Recognition. An important part of the pack meeting is formal
recognition given to the Cub Scouts who have earned badges, arrow
points, beads, or other awards, and the leaders who have earned
training awards, religious emblems, or other community awards.
- Closing. The closing begins with announcements about special
events, coming activities, the theme for the next month, and the date
of the next pack meeting, followed by a closing ceremony.
- After the Meeting. After the pack meeting, many packs provide
refreshments for an informal fellowship session, and the leaders and
boys help to put the meeting space back in order.
The outline above describes a typical pack meeting but is not mandatory. The
pack meeting can be varied and adapted to suit the needs of the pack or those of
a specific activity.
Pack Meeting Activities
The activities at a pack meeting can vary widely. So long as an activity is
safe, age-appropriate, and fun, it should be possible to include it in a pack
meeting. Here are some common activities.
Simple ceremonies open and close pack meetings and mark important events or
accomplishments in the lives of the boys and families. These are some typical
kinds of pack ceremonies:
- Opening ceremonies set the stage for the pack meeting and can
relate to the monthly theme.
- Flag ceremonies teach boys how to handle and display the American
- Induction ceremonies welcome new boys and their families into
- Advancement ceremonies celebrate the completion of requirements
for Tiger Cub, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos ranks and the Arrow of
- Graduation or transition ceremonies can be used when boys
transition from one phase of the program to another on the Scouting
- Recognition ceremonies are used to recognize leaders, den
chiefs, boys, or family members for special service, activities,
- Closing ceremonies bring the meeting to a close and send
everyone home with inspirational ideas to remember.
Dens may present skits at the pack meeting. These can be pantomimes,
sketches, or short plays. The main purpose of skits is for the boys—and
the audience—to have fun. But as boys practice performing in these
informal skits, their confidence and leadership skills begin to develop
Playing is an important part of the Cub Scout program. Boys enjoy playing
games, and games teach boys important values such as good sportsmanship,
self-confidence, and fair play in an environment where taking part and doing
one's best are more important than winning.
Demonstrations and Displays
During their den meetings, Cub Scouts will have learned skills that they
can demonstrate at the pack meeting. They will have worked on craft projects
that can be displayed. These demonstrations and displays give boys a sense of
pride in their own accomplishments. The Cub Scouts are also able to see what
goes on in the other dens and how their den activities are a part of the bigger
picture of what the pack, and Cub Scouting, is all about.
Planning Pack Meetings
While the Cubmaster is responsible for leading the pack meeting, he or she
plans and conducts it with the help of other leaders. Every den shares the
responsibility by doing its assigned parts. The challenge is to conduct a brisk,
fast-moving meeting that will hold the interest of boys and family members. The
secret to a good pack meeting is planning carefully to include a balance of
seriousness and fun, the involvement of many people, and a lively pace.
There are no hard-and-fast rules for planning and conducting pack meetings.
Each meeting must be planned individually, keeping in mind the business items
to be covered, the ceremonies to be held, and what is necessary for balance in
the way of games, songs, and other fun. Some elements of a successful pack
meeting are these:
- A detailed, well-planned, written program is conducted without delays.
- All equipment and materials are on hand before the meeting begins.
- The meeting place is safe, clean, and large enough.
- A good seating arrangement is provided.
- The meeting is orderly. It opens and closes on time.
- Announcements and speeches are not too long.
- The meeting is planned so that every den participates in some way.
- Families are involved in the meeting's activities, such as in games,
songs, and stunts.
- Impressive recognition, advancement, and graduation ceremonies are held.
- The meeting lasts no longer than an hour and a half.
Resources helpful in planning successful pack meetings include the Cub
Scout Leader Book, Cub Scout Leader How-To Book, Cub Scout Ceremonies for Dens
and Packs, and Group Meeting Sparklers. Leaders will also learn the
techniques of successful meetings from training courses and the monthly
roundtable held by the district or council.