About Cub Scouts

Albany Cub Scouts are boys in Kindergarten through 5th grade who join a Pack to go hiking, play games, learn skills, make friends, and much, much more. 

Cub Scouting means "doing".
You have lots to do as a Cub Scout—crafts, games, sports, songs, stories, and puzzles, to name just a few things. Much of the fun happens right in the den and pack. The den usually meets every week or every other week, and the pack meets once a month all school-year long. At den meetings and pack meetings, Cub Scouts do all sorts of different things for fun and learning.

Scouts also go to events like the annual blue and gold banquet, field contests, and derbies such as the pinewood derby. They go on field trips. They go camping and have other kinds of outdoor adventures. They take part in community events. Cub Scouts do all sorts of exciting stuff! Whatever it is that you enjoy, you'll have a chance to do it in Cub Scouting.

Organization

Albany Cub Scouts Pack 3 is made up of 5 Dens organized by age group: 

  1. Lion Cubs: Kindergarten- This den will form in October
  2. Cub Scouts: Tiger (1st grade)
  3. Cub Scouts: Wolf (2nd grade)
  4. Cub Scouts: Bear (3rd grade)
  5. Cub Scouts: 1st Webelos (4th grade)
  6. Cub Scouts: 2nd Webelos (5th grade) 

2nd Webelos transition in the spring to Boy Scouts (typically to Troop 14 in Albany).

Each Den has a leader who is part of the Pack Steering Committee, along with other Adult Leaders. Pack 3 is in the Herms District of the Mount Diablo - Silverado Council and is chartered by the American Legion Post 292 of Albany. 

Activities 

Achievements and advancement in Albany Pack 3 follow the Boy Scout guidebooks. Each den plans its own activities, which may include working on advancements, field trips and attending sporting events. Pack activities include: 
  • Hiking (local park trails) 
  • Community Service (Earth Day cleanup, Storm drain stewardship, Beach Cleanup) 
  • Overnight Camp-outs (typically one each in the Spring & Fall) 
  • Pinewood Derby (scouts make and race model cars) 
  • Pancake Breakfast (our only fundraiser, held in the Veterans Memorial Building) 
  • Ice Skating, Bike Rides, Sporting Events, Water Park, etc... 
Pack activities are communicated via email.

Meetings

Pack Meetings

The whole Pack (all 5 dens) meets the first Thursday of every month at the Veterans Memorial Building, usually from 6:45 to 8pm. The entire family (including siblings) is welcome. The goals of the Pack meetings are to celebrate scout advancements, communicate forthcoming activities and have FUN!

Den Meetings

Additionally, each Den establishes its own meeting schedule, usually 1-2 times per month. At these Den meetings scouts may work on advancements or special projects, learn skills and always, always have a great time. For Tiger Cubs, it is expected that a parent will join their scout at these meetings. After that, parents are welcome to attend, but it is not required.

Steering Committee Meetings

The Pack Steering Committee typically meets once each month to plan activities. All parents are welcome to attend and provide input.

Family Involvement

Albany Pack 3 is led by volunteers; it's success is in direct proportion to the family support it receives. Because we run our own program, we require the families of all of our scouts to actively participate in our program.

The Pack 3 Registration form requires families to list their top three family job choices.  Leader and chair positions average 1-3 volunteer hours a month and coordinator/ event committees average 4-6 volunteer hours a scouting year. Shortly after registration, you will be contacted with a complete job description and supporting documents for your position.

*All families are required to volunteer at the campouts they attend and the Pancake Breakfast, which is Pack 3’s fundraiser. 

Uniforms and Supplies

Uniforms and supplies can be purchased at our Council Scout Store at 800 Ellinwood Way in Pleasant Hill. Phone 925-974-6100 or web at www.bsa-mdsc.org/resources/scoutshop.php).

The East Bay Scout Shop is in San Leandro at 1001 Davis Street, phone 510-633-2005 or on the web at www.sfbac.org/about/ebscoutshop.

More information on uniforms is available on the Join Albany Cub Scouts page.

Registration & Fees

Registration is very easy, and the fees are very reasonable. Full registration for a scout is just $125 for a year. Adult leader dues are $24. Parents are asked to make additional donations to Boy Scouts of America for our Annual Friends of Scouting Program. The Pack gets most of its money through it's popular fundraising Pancake Breakfast each spring.