Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Pack?

A pack is a group of Cub Scouts, adult leaders and parents who belong to the same Cub Scout unit (e.g., Pack 396 of the Soaring Eagle District, Mid-America Council). A pack generally draws its membership primarily from an elementary school or church that is associated with the pack's Chartered Organization. Each pack is made up of Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear and Webelos dens.

Who Runs the Pack?

The pack is run entirely by unpaid volunteers.

  • The Pack Committee, which currently consists of the Committee Chairman, Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, Treasurer, Secretary, Pack Trainer and the WebMaster, develops budgets, approves expenses, arranges for facilities and conducts overall planning. The Committee meets  monthly.
  • The Den Leaders and Assistant Den Leaders are most directly involved with the Cub Scouts. Dens generally meet weekly or bi-weekly, and a Den Leaders meeting is held monthly to discuss issues of common concern.
How Can I Join Pack 396?

In August, we provide information about how to join Pack 396 to boys at Willowdale Elementary School. Click HERE for more information

What are Pack Meetings Like?
Each pack meeting is planned around a theme, such as "Dial 911" or "Do a Good Turn". Most pack meetings include songs, skits, 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 are welcome.
When and Where are Pack Meetings Held?
Pack meetings are held monthly. Most meetings are held on the third or fourth Thursday of the month. Pack 396 meets at Willowdale Elementary School. The Calendar provides exact dates, places and times of all pack meetings.
Where Can I Get More Information?
Contact us HERE, talk to a friend or neighbor who has a son in Cub Scouts, call the Mid-America Council offices ( 402-431-9272) and ask to speak to one of the Soaring Eagle District leaders.
What is a Den?
A den is a small group of boys (ideally 6-8) of the same grade level. Each den meets on a weekly 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.
What is a Chartered Organization?

A Chartered Organization is the sponsoring organization for a Cub Scout pack, usually a church, PTA/PTO, homeowners' association or other community group. The primary responsibilities of the Chartered Organization are to select the leadership of the pack and provide a meeting place. Each year, the pack must renew its Charter with its local council. The Chartered Organization must approve the rechartering application in order for the Charter to be renewed. Pack 396 is chartered by the Willowdale Elementary PTO.