Scouting is a FAMILY activity, so it begins with you! But there is a tried and true structure of program activities that all Packs follow to ensure the program is age appropriate and everyone has fun. Watch this video for a basic overview. The "DO YOUR BEST" motto offers that encouragement when trying something new for the first time. We also abide by the Scout Oath and Scout Law in everything we do. But check out these reasons some of our local families have embraced scouting.
We work in partnership with Scouts BSA (grades 6 - age 18) Troops through the Den Chief leadership opportunity as well as blended activities. 4th & 5th graders are given opportunities to camp with a BSA Troop at Apple Harvest and encouraged to visit a Troop prior to bridging at the Blue and Gold celebration.
Since all Packs follow the same basic structure, the differences are somewhat subtle. Meeting times will vary and are a frequent reason you might need to look elsewhere. Charter Organizations can include schools, churches, or other groups and may influence the chosen electives with the program and why people may be drawn to a particular pack.
There's no rule that says MVES Students must join Pack 77 or that you must be a MVES Student to join our Pack. However, we all think there's something special about continuing to develop the amazing relationships with have with our immediate neighbors. Pack 77 is one of the few units that has adopted a highway or has Scouts who have earned their Spanish interpreter strip.
Registration is simplest online at www.beascout.org. The money collected will be sent to BSA National in TX to cover insurance, national & council fees, and other administrative items. This will renew annually (at the end of February for families who've been Scouting for awhile so the first year may have been prorated) which is when the Pack renews its Charter [annual partnership agreement] with the PTO.
Additionally, Pack 77 requires funds. Fall dues will be determined by the committee each year to cover awards, supplies, group reservations, and more. To help offset these costs, our unit participates in the annual Popcorn and Peanut sales.
We NEVER want finances to be a barrier to allowing anyone to participate in Scouting. Camperships and scholarships are available too.