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Hello Scouts and Parents!  My name is Thomas Garner.  I am the Cubmaster for the Pack 275.  
Thank you for stopping by our website!  

Pack 275 is located in Priceville Alabama and is hosted by the Priceville United Methodist Church on Hwy 67 
across from Priceville High School.  We are a member of the Greater Alabama Council - Arrowhead District.  We 
have a great group of kids and trained Leaders here to assist you and your scout as they work along the Scouting
Trail.  Scouting is a very rewarding experience that will last a lifetime for both parent and scout.

Simply put, Cub Scouting is FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

Cub Scouting is an organization based on building strong family bonds, teaching respect for friends and neighbors,
teaching and reinforcing high moral values, building physical strength, teaching boys to do their best, and teaching
boys to participate in a group setting.

So how do we accomplish these things:

	Den/Pack meetings with boys the same age.
	Participation in Pack activities.
	Participation in District activities.
	Participation in Council activities.
	Meetings that strive to be half fun and games and half structured activities.
	Family Campouts.
	Projects that your family can complete at home.
	Rewarding progress in a group setting.
	Participating in community activities.
	Outdoor activities.
	Field trips to local fire and/or police stations
	Field trips to local historical sites
	And many other fun-filled activities.
	
These are some of our major activities and projects throughout the year.

	Campouts 
	Visited our local fire station
	BB and Archery
	Pack Pinewood Derby race
	District Pinewood Derby race
	Cub fishing rodeo
	Scout Night with the Huntsville Stars
	Leather Crafts
	Several leaders help train and lead District activities
	A Pack Blue and Gold Crossover Ceremony
	Space and Rocket Center Scout Day
	Cub Scout Summer Day camp at Point Mallard
	Earned the Summertime Pack Award
	 - Pack Bike Ride
	 - Campout at Shiloh Battle Field
	 - Hike at Montasano State Park
	 - Swim Party
	Pack Bowling 
	Christmas Parade
	
In addition to earning their rank badges, Cub Scouts can earn other special awards such as the Outdoor Activity
Award,  Leave No Trace Award, and the  World Conservation Award.  Many of the activities listed above help go
toward earning these awards.  Some of the patches earned throughout the year may be worn on the uniform.

Frequently Asked Questions:  

-What is the purpose of the Boy Scouts? 
		   The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide for youth an effective
		   program designed to build desirable qualities of character, to train in the
		   responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop in them personal
		   fitness, thus to help in the development of American citizens who:

    * Are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit.
    * Have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiave, courage, and resourcefulness.
    * Have personal and stabel values firmly based on religious concepts.
    * Have the desire and the skills to help others.
    * Understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental system.
    * Are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand America's role in the world.
    * Have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people.
    * Are prepared to fulfill the varied responsibilities of participating in 
	and giving leadership to American society and in the forums of the world. 

   The Boy Scouts of America accomplishes this purpose by making its program available 
   in cooperation with existing groups having compatible goals, including religious, 
   educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor, and governmental bodies.
     
-How much will it cost for my boy?
 The cost varies from Unit to Unit. These are the typical costs for a year:

Annual Dues     $15.00 (Starting 2010)
Boy's Life      $12.00 (optional)
               _______
Total for Year $27.00

There are some one time expenses such as a handbook ($8) and uniform ($35).

Compare these costs to all of the costs in a typical sport such as baseball.

If your Scout attends Day Camp in the summer, that is $65 for the week.
Outings and campouts may have small fees charged by the campground or
attraction where campout is held. 	 
	 
-Does Scouting really matter?
 For every 100 boys who join Scouting, records indicate that:

    * 2 will become Eagle Scouts
    * 17 will become future Scout volunteers
    * 12 will have their first contact with a church
    * 1 will enter the clergy
    * 5 will earn their church award
    * 18 will develop a hobby that will last through their adult life
    * 8 will enter a vocation that was learned through the merit badge system
    * 1 will use his Scouting skills to save his own life
    * 1 will use his Scouting skills to save the life of another person
    * RARELY will on be brought before the juvenile court system 

Scouting's alumni record is equally impressive. A recent nation-wide survey of high schools revealed the following information:

    * 85% of student council presidents were Scouts
    * 89% of senior class presidents were Scouts
    * 80% of junior class presidents were Scouts
    * 75% of school publication editors were Scouts
    * 71% of football captains were Scouts 

Scouts also account for:

    * 64% of Air Force Academy graduates
    * 68% of West Point graduates
    * 70% of Annapolis graduates
    * 72% of Rhodes Scholars
    * 85% of F.B.I. agents
    * 26 of the first 29 astronauts 	 
	 
     

So, are you ready to join the fun?  If so, go the the Membership page and read over the information.  This will
give you an idea of the costs associated with joining Cub Scouts and information about volunteering to help in
the pack. Come join the fun at our next Cub Scout meeting.  

See you there!!!

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