About the Pack
Cub Scouts Pack 144
- Cub Pack 144 membership is limited to around 90 boys and girls, assigned to nine Dens, organized by age.
- The Pack meets on Wednesday nights during the school year at Bryant Elementary School.
- Pack 144 is not a drop-off Pack and parent participation is required at all Pack meetings and Den meetings.
The Pack was started by a group of dads in 1929 at (then) Bryant Grade School and has remained true to this tradition throughout the years, with all Pack management and activities run exclusively by parent volunteers. After a family's first 6 months in the Pack, at least one parent is expected to step up into a volunteer position to "help the Pack go".
The Pack typically meets 3 times a month for large group activities such as Dodgeball, Egg Drop, Cardboard Action Defense League, Science Night, Short Film Festival, Soap Box Derby, Tower Building, etc. etc. The core Cub Scout values such as "Doing Your Best, Good Sportsmanship, Resilience, and Teamwork" are emphasized in these activities while parents work and play with their kids.
Once a month we meet as Dens, where small groups of similar-aged kids and their parents, work on the traditional Cub Scout Advancements as defined by the Cub Scout Handbooks. Den Parents plan activities to cover as many requirements as possible, but families typically work on a few advancements at home.
We have four overnight camping trips each year. The first in September is to Blake Island where we sleep in tents near the beach. In January, the Pack goes winter camping in Leavenworth with some families sleeping in the lodge and some tent camping in the snow. In March or April there is a spring camp out, usually to either Millersylvania where we sleep in group cabins or Fort Flagler where we sleep in barracks.
The last camp out of the year is to "Camp Shelton" where we stay in group cabins on Cornet Bay near Deception Pass. Each Cub making the trip for the first time is initiated into the secret order called the "Secret of Shelton" and is entitled to wear a special insignia on his uniform.
The Pack also organizes a few optional Community Service projects throughout the year such as tree planting, gathering donations for the local Food Bank, park/trail clearing, building shelters for the homeless, etc. We learn ways to contribute to the larger community, help the less fortunate, and take care of nature. 12 hours of volunteer service per year earns Cubs a special, honorable award.
Cub Pack 144 has five annual events when traditionally the whole family participates. These include the Fall Awards Ceremony, Halloween party; Pinewood Derby; Blue and Gold Banquet/Awards Ceremony; and the final event of the year, the Pack 144 Arrow of Light Picnic, where the Webelos graduate Cub Scouts and many move up to BSA Scouts.