Steve Tarver, Cubmaster
Steve Tarver, Cubmaster

The Lancaster Pack 9 Cub Scout program gives elementary school-aged boys a chance to spend time with their parent(s) and each other learning important life skills and values in an active, boy-oriented environment designed specifically with their needs in mind.

Cub Scouts are separated by grade level into “Dens” and led by two parent “Den Leaders.” Dens meet one evening every two weeks throughout the school year, at either Mary Rowlandson or Luther Burbank schools. Through the first three years, parents attend and participate in the program with their boys. In grades four and five, many parents continue to attend and participate in meetings, although it is no longer required.

All the dens gather periodically throughout the year for “Pack” events like the  model rocket launch, the pinewood derby, the annual Blue and Gold dinner and the spring campout. Many Dens get together for weekend outings as well.

In the Den meetings the boys progressively develop skills in camping and hiking, physical fitness, nutrition, first aid, citizenship, awareness of others and family fun. There’s always time for a game as well – they’re boys, after all! All the Den activities are participative for both parents and boys, and the Scout values are promoted throughout. To wit:

A Scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave clean and reverent.


John Cherubini, Den Leader
John Cherubini, Den Leader
Alex Ostroff, Den Leader
Alex Ostroff, Den Leader

Tiger Scouts - 1st Graders

The Tigers Den meets on every other Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 7:15 in the Mary Rowlandson cafeteria. The most recent meeting was Tuesday October 3rd and the Den meets every other Tuesday from that date through until June. The Den currently has eight boys with Cubmaster Steve Tarver as the interim leader. Permanent leaders will be announced after Thanksgiving.

Tiger Cubs begin by working on their Bobcat Badge, which is typically awarded in February at the Blue & Gold Dinner. In earning their Bobcat Badge, the boys learn key Scouting rituals such as the Scout sign, salute and handshake, as well as to begin memorizing the Scout Oath and Law.

During the year, just like the other Scouts, the Tiger Den meetings are built around “Adventures,” or units of learning activities. Tiger Adventures are:

  1. My Tiger Jungle (Outdoors awareness)
  2. Games Tigers Play (Games and sportsmanship)
  3. Tiger Circles: Duty to God (Non-denominational and personal)
  4. Team Tiger (Team play and sportsmanship)
  5. Tiger Bites (Healthy eating habits)
  6. Tigers in the Wild (Hiking)

Tigers also work with their parent(s) or as a Den to complete one elective Adventure chosen from a group of options.


wolf
Peter Giger, Den Leader
Peter Giger, Den Leader
Chris Burke, Den Leader
Chris Burke, Den Leader

Wolves Scouts – 2nd Graders

The Wolves Den meets every other Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 7:15 in the Luther Burbank Cafeteria. The Den is currently made up of ten 2nd grade boys, all from Lancaster, led by Peter Giger and Chris Burke.

The first meeting of the year was Tuesday September 12th, and the Den meets every two weeks from that date through until June. Boys may join at any time during the year - they are never 'behind.'

 

Wolf Den meetings are built around “Adventures,” or units of learning activities. Wolf Adventures are:

  1. Call of the Wild (Camping and outdoor skills)
  2. Council Fire (Community service)
  3. Duty to God Footsteps (Non-denominational and personal)
  4. Howling at the Moon (Communication)
  5. Paws on the Path (Hiking)
  6. Running with the Pack (Physical Fitness)

Wolves also work with their parent(s) or as a Den to complete one elective Adventure chosen from a group of options.


Bears
John Hantzis, Den Leader
John Hantzis, Den Leader
Megan Bates, Den Leader
Megan Bates, Den Leader

Bear Scouts - 3rd Graders

The Bears Den meet on every other Monday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 in the Luther Burbank Cafeteria. The Den is made up of eleven 3rd grade boys, all from Lancaster, led by John Hantzis and Megan Bates.

The first meeting of the year was Monday September 25th and the Den meets every two weeks from that date through until June. Boys may join at any time during the year - the are never 'behind.

Bear Den meetings are built around “Adventures,” or units of learning activities. Bear Adventures are:

  1. Bear Claws (Pocket knives)
  2. Bear Necessities (Camping skills)
  3. Fellowship and Duty to God (Non-denominational and personal)
  4. Fur, Feathers and Ferns (Plants and animals)
  5. Baloo the Builder (Tools and building)
  6. Paws for Action (Duty to country)

Bears also work with their parent(s) or as a Den to complete one elective Adventure chosen from a group of options.


Webelos
Patrick Overstreet, Den Leader
Patrick Overstreet, Den Leader
Ken Rapoza, Den Leader
Ken Rapoza, Den Leader

Webelos Scouts - 4th Graders

The Webelos Den meets on every other Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 in the Luther Burbank Cafeteria. The Den is currently made up of eight 4th grade boys, all from Lancaster, led by Patrick Overstreet and Ken Rapoza.

The first meeting of the year was Tuesday October 3rd and the Den meets every two weeks from that date throughout the school year. Boys may join the Den at any time during the year - they are never 'behind.'

“Webelos” stands for “We Be Loyal Scouts,” and this year begins a transition to from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. The boys are able to do more, and to take more responsibility. The activities become more strenuous and challenging, and the requirements for the Adventures a bit more complex. For advancement, parents are no longer allowed to sign off on their boys’ progress. The boys must be signed off by one of their adult leaders instead.

Also, while many parents choose to continue attending meetings because of the quality time it affords them with their boys, it is no longer required.

Webelos Den meetings are built around “Adventures,” or units of learning activities. Bear Adventures are:

  1. Cast Iron Chef (Fire and cooking)
  2. Duty to God and you (Non-denominational and personal)
  3. First Responder (First Aid and emergency response)
  4. Stronger, Faster, Higher (Physical fitness)
  5. Webelos Walkabout (Hiking)

Bears also work with their parent(s) or as a Den to complete one elective Adventure chosen from a group of options.


Arrow of Light
David LeBlanc, Den Leader
David LeBlanc, Den Leader
Steve Sacovitch, Den Leader
Steve Sacovitch, Den Leader

Arrow of Light - 5th Graders

The Arrow of Light Den meets on every other Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 in the Luther Burbank Art Room. The Den is currently made up of nine 5th grade boys, all from Lancaster, led by David LeBlanc and Steve Sacovitch.

The first meeting of the year was Wednesday September 27th and the Den meets every two weeks from that date until March. Boys may join the Den at any time - they are never 'behind.'

Arrow of Light is a shortened year, running only to the Blue and Gold Banquet in February, whereupon all the boys finish Cub Scouts by literally “crossing over” a ceremonial bridge to join Boy Scout Troop 1 Lancaster. The Blue and Gold Banquet is the capstone of the Cub Scout’s career.

The boys (and their parents) spend their Arrow of Light year familiarizing themselves with the traditions and approach of Boy Scouts, which are fundamentally different from Cub Scouts. In Boy Scouts, the older boys run the Troop, and the younger boys look to them for training and leadership. Adult leaders council the older Boy Scouts – the Patrol Leadership, in proper planning and running of the Troop. The Arrow of Light year includes the “9-to-1” campout in the fall, where the Pack 9 Arrow of Light Den joins the junior leadership of Troop 1 in the Town Forest for a campout where many of the requirements for the Arrow of Light Adventures are covered.

Arrow of Light Adventures are:

  1. Building a Better World (Citizenship)
  2. Outdoorsman (Camping)
  3. Duty to God in Action(Non-denominational and personal)
  4. Scouting Adventure (Preparing to be a Boys Scout)

Bears also work with their parent(s) or as a Den to complete one elective Adventure chosen from a group of options.