About Our Pack

Welcome to the Home of Pack 61 Methuen! We are dedicated to helping our Cubs learn the way of Akela and to guide them on their way to a successful future.

We always welcome new parents to join the Committee and become Den Leaders or Assitant Den Leaders. The more parents that volunteer, the stronger the Pack will be now and into the future.

Before you know it, our Cubs will be grown and we all want them to develop self-assurance as he builds respect for other people while having fun doing it.

The Pack has five levels, Lion Cub (entering kindergarteners), Tiger Cub (entering first graders), Wolf Cub (entering second graders), Bear Cub (entering third graders), Webelos (entering fourth graders). All our Cubs regardless of what level they begin, will learn the Bobcat Trail and earn the Badge before earning their first Den Badge. The Den Leader will help New Scouts on their way to earn this Badge.

In September, we provide information about how to join Pack 61 to boys and girls entering K through 4th grades at the Marsh Grammar School.

The membership fee for Cub Scouts is payable when you register and by the end of every August the years following. You can pay in Cash, with a Check made out to Pack 61 or use the payment button on the main page of the website to pay by Credit Card (when online payment is open).

The yearly membership fee is $150.00 and is used towards the Council ($75), Pack ($37.50) and Den Dues ($37.50). In order to keep these costs down, our Cub Scouts participate in Fundraising Events. The membership and Fundraisers help the Pack to pay for:

The Pack is a group of Cub Scouts, The Den Leaders and Parents that serve on the Council. We are Pack 61 of the Northern Lights District, Spirit of Adventure Council. A Pack draws its' membership primarily from an Elementary School or a Church Associated with the Pack's Chartered Organization.

A Chartered Organization is the sponsoring organization of a Cub Scout Pack, usually a Church, PTO, Homeowners' Association, or other Community Group. The primary responsibilities of the Chartered Organization are to select and provide a meeting place. Each year, the pack must renew its Charter with its local council. Pack 61's Chartered Organization (Methuen Youth Soccer) must approve the rechartering application in order for the Charter to be renewed.

A den is a small group of boys or girls (ideally 6 - 8) of all the same grade level and same gender. Each den meets on a regular basis to work on achievements and other activities. The den is led by Adult Den Leaders and Assistant Den Leaders, who are responsible for planning and conducting each den meeting. These leaders are Adult/Parent Volunteers. The Boy Scouts of America provide training, but they do not supply Adult Leaders.

Pack Meetings are held monthly, usually one Friday a month. Our meetings are held at the Marsh Grammar School. The dates and times for the Pack Meetings are listed on the calendar on this website but usually run 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM.

Each Pack Meeting is planned around a theme, such as "The Pinewood Derby" or "Minute to Win It". Most pack meetings games, advancements, adult recognition, the Cubmaster's Message, and other activities. All Cub Scouts and at least one parent are expected to attend. Other family members or friends are always welcome (siblings, grandparents).

The Pack is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. The Pack Committee, which currently consists of the Chair (who calls and organizes the meetings), Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, Den Leaders, and any Parent Volunteers, develops a budget, approves expenses, arranges for facilities, and conducts the overall planning of all Pack Meetings and Pack Events. The Committee usually meets once every few months, most of the time on the first Friday of the month 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at 11 Observatory Road, Methuen.

The Den Leaders and Assistant Den Leaders are most directly involved with the Cub Scouts. Dens generally meet bi-weekly or monthly, and a Den Leaders meeting is held along with the Committee meeting, to discuss issues of common concern.

An adult member of each Cub Scout household is expected to participate in a volunteer position within their Den, the Pack or serve on the Council. In addition to the Council positions and Den Leader Positions, Pack 61 generally tries to fill other volunteer positions for specific Pack Events (e.g., Blue and Gold Banquet, Pinewood Derby, Rain Gutter Regatta, etc.)

For more information, please contact our Cubmaster, Jason Shapiro, or talk to a friend or neighbor who has a son or daughter in our Pack to get started.

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