Why Cub Scouts?
Community, Family, Outdoors, and Self
Pack 137 is chartered by Hancock United Church of Christ and serves Scouts in Kindergarten through 5th grades, mostly from the Estabrook, Hastings, and Harrington school districts in Lexington, Massachusetts.
The Cub Scout program teaches Scouts about Community, Family, Outdoors, and Self through a set of fun, organized activities.
Small dens are formed of three to eight Scouts in the same grade level. Parents lead the den meetings using program ideas from Cub Scout books. Some dens have cooperative leadership (each parent takes a turn), while others have a single den leader and an assistant. The pack is the sum of all the dens.
Dens meet about twice a month throughout the school year. Each den picks its own meeting time and location.
Pack meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of each month during the school year from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Hancock Church, Clarke Hall, 1912 Massachusetts Avenue (across from Lexington Battle Green).
Have more questions?
View our Family Guide for more details on specifics.
Cub Scout Lingo: Akela (Ah-KAY-la) is a title of respect used in Cub Scouting—any good leader is Akela, who is also the leader and guide for Cub Scouts on the advancement trail.
Girls in Cub Scouting
The Boy Scouts of America elected this year to open up Cub Scouts to girls in K-5 as well as boys.
Pack 137 will be accepting girls into the Pack in accordance with the national BSA's guidelines and policies.
As stated by the BSA, Dens will be separated by gender for den meetings. All girl dens are required to have at least 1 female registered adult leader. Girl dens will operate the same in that an optimal number of Scouts (with identified adult leaders) needs to be enrolled (at least 3). If the numbers are not sufficient to support a full Den at each level, Dens may contain scouts concurrently working on different ranks.
Parents as Partners
Cub Scouting is a family activity. Families are involved in a number of ways. Many of the requirements for completing the Lion, Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos badges require family involvement.
The pack is also organized and run solely by parent volunteers. Our goal is to have the parent(s) of every family help out with at least one to two pack events each year in addition to supporting and/or running a den.
To see a list of all volunteer opportunities with our Pack click, here.
Pack 137 is open to all families regardless of color, race, religion, ethnic background, or sexual orientation. In addition, it is our policy never to exclude participation based on economic hardship.
Should you have questions regarding financial assistance or any other policy, please contact Committee Chair Joyce Dvorak.