Below are the most commonly asked questions
Where do you meet?
We meet at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, located at 3720 Capital Circle SE, 32311. Pack meetings are held once a month (4th Monday of the month) from 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm. Den meetings are usually held on the 2nd Monday of the month but the location, date and time may vary depending upon your den's scheduled activities.
How much are dues?
The annual dues are $80. This includes local, state and national registration with the Scout office; Scout insurance for your child; all advancement belt loops, patches and pins; an annual subscription to the monthly Boys Life magazine; a Pack 311 “Class B” t-shirt; and a BSA-approved Pinewood derby car kit for spring derby days. It does not include uniform, den-specific Scout handbook or trips. We accept cash or checks made out to “Pack 311.” This annual fee is collected in August of each year or upon joining the Pack.
Are uniforms required?
Boys are required to be in uniform when attending all meetings. They must have the “Class A” shirt, complete with correct patches and Pack number on the arms, neckerchief, neckerchief slide and the appropriate Den hat/cap. We do not require the official BSA pants/shorts, belt or socks. Any kind of navy blue pants/shorts for the younger dens and the green color for the Webelos is acceptable. No athletic pants or shorts allowed. You can use any type of belt that fits the Scout belt loops. "Class B" t-shirts are generally worn at den meetings and some activities. Check with your den leader and/or cubmaster.
Where can I purchase the handbook and uniform?
The Scouts office is located at 2032 Thomasville Road, 32308. It has everything that you need and can assist you. You can also look online at www.scoutstuff.org.
Can I drop my son off at events?
No. Parent involvement is critical to the success of your Scout and to the program. This is not an activity that you drop your child off for an hour and come back later. The only way Cub Scouts works is if you help your child succeed and progress along the advancement trail. It means coming to the meetings and participating with your child. It could also mean taking on a leadership role.
How can I help?
There are several leadership roles available. The best way to get plugged in is to participate in the monthly committee meetings (3rd Mondays of the month, 7 pm). This group steers the pack, deciding on events, campout dates & locations, frequency of fundraisers and more. If you or your child has an idea for an activity, please bring it to the committee.
Other leadership roles are serving as an event chair for one of our annual events like the “Veterans Day Parade” in November, the “Blue & Gold Banquet” in February or the “Pinewood Derby” in March; the fundraising coordinator for fall popcorn sales or spring camp card sales; or an administrative role like secretary or webmaster. Of course, we always need willing adults to lead a den meeting or serve as a guest speaker at a pack meeting.
Finally, and most importantly, become an adult leader. No scouting experience? No problem! Training is available and you will be guided by other adult leaders and the committee. The annual dues for an adult leader is $30. This includes local, state and national registration as well as insurance coverage during Scouting events. Leaders are required to wear a “Class A” uniform.
Do I need a “Class B” t-shirt, too?
We encourage all parents regardless of their leadership role within the pack to purchase a “Class B” t-shirt. This helps all kids identify their Scout family while attending public events. Plus, we take pride in our Pack and hope you will, too.
I have more questions. Who do I contact?
Please feel free to direct any questions to our executive officer/committee chair, Iain McPhail, at Goodsamscouts311@gmail.com.