FAQs

Please use this FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page to find answers to commonly asked questions about Cub Scout Pack 118.

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When do you meet?

We generally meet the first 3 Tuesdays of each month from September through May. Meetings begin at 6:30PM and conclude by 8:00PM (although the Tiger Cubs/First graders may dismiss earlier). Please be on time!

 

Where do you meet?

We meet at St. Stephen United Methodist Church located at 6800 Sardis Road. Our Scout Room is in the rear of the church located in the building just across from the gym.

 

What does my son wear?

Pack 118 requires a Cub Scout uniform shirt, neckerchief, neckerchief slide, hat, and belt. The Pack will provide the 118 numbering for your son’s shirt. Uniform pants are optional (jeans, khakis, and shorts are acceptable). Uniforms are available at The Scout Shop located at 1410 East 7th Street (704-333-5471) OR The Carolina Scout Shop located at 2121 Westinghouse Blvd. (704-583-2127). Please call ahead for business hours. Unless otherwise noted, boys should wear these uniforms to Tuesday night meetings. These uniforms are called CLASS A’s.

Pack 118 issues a Pack t-shirt with our logo for each boy. These shirts are referred to as CLASS B’s.

 

What are the different Cub Scout Ranks?

1st Grade Tiger Cub Scouts (orange uniform accessories)
2nd Grade Wolf Cub Scouts (yellow/red uniform accessories)
3rd Grade Bear Cub Scouts (light blue uniform accessories)
4th Grade Webelos Scouts (Boy Scout uniforms — green/khaki)
5th Grade Arrow of Light Scouts (Boy Scout uniforms — green/khaki)

 

Do I have to remain at each meeting with my son?

For the Tiger Den (1st grade) a parent must remain at the meetings with his/her son. All other parents are encouraged to stay and offer assistance to the den leaders.

A common misconception is that Cub Scouts is a “Tuesday night babysitting service.” Make no mistake: if you are looking for a place to drop off your son with no additional commitments, Pack 118 is not the place for you. We encourage all parents to engage in this experience with your sons.

 

What does it cost?
Annual dues are $60.00. This fee covers basic dues, a subscription to Boys Life Magazine, and BSA insurance.

  • Popcorn Sale Each fall, the Pack participates in the local Scouting Council’s fundraiser with Trail’s End Popcorn. Boys have the opportunity to sell popcorn door-to-door with an adult, sell at local businesses, and at other preset locations. Boys are compensated with prizes. 27% of the profit goes directly into our treasury to fund Pack 118 activities.
  • Friends of Scouting Each spring, families can contribute or pledge to contribute to the local council, Mecklenburg County Council, to help fund camp operations and pay the costs of operating Scouting in Mecklenburg.

 

Are parents expected to help lead den meetings?

Yes, every parent should be willing to volunteer some of his/her time to work with the trained den leader(s) to provide quality meetings. Den leaders generally set the schedule and remain open to new ideas.

 

What is the difference between a Pack meeting and a Den meeting?

Each Tuesday night meeting begins with the Pack gathered together for general announcements and an opening flag ceremony. This generally lasts 10-15 minutes. From this point, the boys break into Den meetings with their respective ranks/grade level for activities, achievements, outings, etc.

A Pack meeting generally occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. On odd numbered months (Sept., Nov., Jan., March, & May) it is a formal Pack meeting, meaning we begin with a pizza dinner before the Dens lead the Pack in opening flag ceremonies, skits, and songs. On even numbered months (Oct., Dec., Feb. April), the Pack meeting is informal. We meet briefly for awards and announcements, and then boys break into their Dens.

 

Do we camp?

Pack 118 has both a spring and fall trip. The spring trip is called “Spring Family Camping.” We typically visit either a beach or mountain campground. The fall trip may be camping (although it is not always. We have been to Charleston, SC; Appomattox, VA; and Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Myrtle Beach, SC).

All camping trips will be in campgrounds with running water, electricity, hot showers. No primitive camping for Pack 118 Cub Scouts.

 

Are there other trips & outings?

We offer a mid-year trip to a point of interest. In February 2012, we went to “Sleep with the Sharks” at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, SC. in February of 2013, we visited Monticello outside of Charlottesville, VA. This mid-year trip is generally an “incentive” trip toward which boys can apply their popcorn sale credits to help cover the costs each year.

 

What volunteer opportunities are there for parents?

The Pack is totally volunteer led. We always need parents to become den leaders, serve as event coordinators, assist with registrations, help with Treasurer duties, and more. Each October there is a parent meeting after the informal Pack meeting to acclimate parents with the jobs of the current Pack year.

 

Does the Pack have a website?

Yes! (You’re on it!).

 

How do we get information about Pack events?

Pack 118 uses an online system called CubTrails  Every family will be given a login to help track your boy’s progress.  The system also gives the Pack leaders the ability to send mass e-mails to the whole Pack, individual dens, and leaders only.

 

What are the other special events each year?

October Annual Popcorn Sale Fundraiser

Webeloree Resident Camp

December Charity Bake Sale & Auction
January Pinewood Derby

Blue & Gold Banquet

February Scouting for Food collection
May Raingutter Regatta
June Cub Scout Day Camp
July Webelos Adventure Camp
August Recruiting Expo
Father-Son Camping Trip for rising Arrow of Light Scouts

 

Are there summer camp opportunities?

The Etowah District of the Mecklenburg County Council hosts several camps each year. They include Cub Scout Day Camp (June); Webelos Adventure Camp (July); Webeloree (October); Cuboree (April) and others. You will be notified well in advance of these camps to give you ample time to register for these opportunities.

 

How much training have Pack 118 leaders received?

Every uniformed Pack 118 leader has completed at least three basic training classes. They include — from Boy Scouts of America (1) Youth Protection and (2) Basic Leader/Cub Scout Fast Start/Position Specific Training and from St. Stephen United Methodist Church (3) Safe Sanctuary training. We are serious about maintaining Pack 118 as a child safe environment.

 

Who are the leaders?

Cubmaster Martin Zoutewelle
Asst. Cubmaster Scott Dodrill
Pack Committee Chair Ellen Zoutewelle
Treasurer Open
Training Coordinator Ellen Zoutewelle
Awards Coordinator Open
Tiger Den Angela Daley (Den Leader)
Lynette Richter (Asst. Den Leader)
Wolf Den Jessica White (Den Leader)
Chris Coggins (Asst. Den Leader)
Bear Den Robin Williams (Den Leader)
Henry Blanton (Asst. Den Leader)
Webelos Den Elizabeth Trosch (Den Leader)
Nancy Murillo (Asst. Den Leader)
Marisa Brown (Asst. Den Leader)
Arrow of Light Den Christian Abad (Den Leader)
Murray Kinlaw (Asst. Den Leader)
Chris Wilcox (Asst. Den Leader)

 

How are Pack activities determined and plans made?

The Pack leadership is made up of the Den leaders, advancements coordinator, treasurer, Asst. Cubmaster, Cubmaster and Committee Chair. The Pack Committee generally meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM for approximately one hour to set plans and make policy for the Pack. All parents are encouraged to attend.

 

Is Pack 118 open to families of all religious faiths?

Yes. Although Pack 118 is chartered by St. Stephen United Methodist Church, a Christian church, we invite families of all faiths to join us. Families should remember that prayers/blessings, religious activities, and God & Country programs all revolve around Christianity. St. Stephen UMC offers a wide variety of Christian Education opportunities; both modern & traditional worship services, incredible children’s and youth programs. Please see any of the leaders for information.

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