About Scouting and Pack 317

By Stephen Cook

A Brief History of Pack 317

Cub Scout Pack 317 was formed in August 2000 at the newly constructed Hidden Lakes Elementary in Keller, TX. It belongs to the Mustang District of the Longhorn Council in North Central Texas. We recently earned the National Quality Unit Award for the fourth year in a row since becoming eligible.

General Information About Cub Scouting

There are 5 levels to Cub Scouting: Tiger (after completing Kindergarten), Wolf (after completing 1st grade), Bear (after completing 2nd grade), Webelos (after completing 3rd grade) and Webelos – Arrow of Light (after completing 4th grade). You can learn more about each level by clicking on the rank names of each level on the left.

Boys in each level are placed into dens which consist of approximately 8 boys and 1 or 2 Den Leaders. The boys in the den go on tours, learn new skills and have fun playing games. Tiger dens typically meet weekly (except the week of pack meetings or when school is closed). Once formed, dens decide when, where and how often they meet.

Boys graduate from the 2nd year Webelos to join Boy Scouts in a troop and begin another journey of activities designed for older boys.

In Cub Scouts all levels (“dens”) join together to be included in a larger group called a “pack”. We are Pack 317.  We have monthly Pack events as well as our monthly Pack Meeting where the boys get together.

The Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) program has three overall aims:

  • Character development: to build character, to build self-reliance, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-respect
  • Citizenship Training: to foster love of community, country and world, along with a commitment of service to others and an understanding of democratic principles.
  • Personal Fitness: to develop physical, mental, emotional, and moral fitness that will stay with a Scout for the rest of his life.

Cub Scouting assists in teaching values and developing character in boys by offering a program where boys can experience value based activities with caring leadership and family support.  The mission of the BSA is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.  The goal is simple: develop today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders and good citizens for America.  Scouting reinforces America’s communities and families with its quality, values-based programs.

As boys participate in a Cub Scout activity, they learn to connect their experience with a core values as expressed through the Scout Law.

Cub Scout Motto: Do Your Best! That’s right, in Cub Scouts boys do not have to BE the best, they just have to DO their best.  Simply participating and doing their best constitutes completion of the activities.  It’s more important for them to be engaged and experience different opportunities rather than feeling in competition with everyone.  We just want them to Do Their Best!

Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country. To obey the Scout Law. To help other people at all times. To keep myself, physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.

Colors:  The Cub Scouting colors are blue and gold. They have special meaning, which will help boys see beyond the fun of Cub Scouting to its ultimate goals.

  • The blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above.
  • The gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness.