FAQ

By Stephen Cook

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who’s eligible to join Cub Scout Pack 317?
    • Any boy in 1st through 5th grade (or 7-10 years old) can join our Pack, without regard to where he lives or goes to school.
  • When can I join Scouts?
    • Most boys join Cub Scouts for the first time during the annual registration Sign-Up Day¬†held at the beginning of the school year, but you can join at any time!
  • How do I become a member of Cub Scout Pack 317?
    • Come to our annual Rally night in September, come visit us at a monthly pack meeting (click on Pack Calendar at the bottom of this page), or simply go to the Feedback page and submit a Comment with a request to join our Pack. Someone will get back in touch with you within 24 hours.
  • How much does it cost to join Pack 317?
    • We currently charge $80 a year. A year’s subscription to Boys’ Life magazine can optionally be purchased for $24 extra.
  • When are registration fees due?
    • Current members are urged to pay at our first pack meeting. Transfers and new members pay at the time of joining our pack; however, if a hardship exists, exceptions can be made. Simply talk to a representative of our pack during registration or go to the Feedback page and let us know how we can help you become a member of our pack.
  • How often are registration fees due?
    • Annually, but our Scouting year begins in September and ends in August, so registration fees are good for that period of time only, no matter when you join. For example, if you join in June, your registration will still end in August along with everyone else’s.
  • When, where, and how often are Den meetings held?
    • Den meetings are usually held on a date and time agreed upon by members of the den at the Den Leader’s home from September through May. Tiger dens usually meet twice per month and all other dens meet weekly, but that is determined by each den. A typical den meeting lasts approximately one hour.
  • When, where, and how often are Pack meetings held?
    • Pack meetings are almost always held on the 1st Wednesday¬†every month from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Primarily we have our Pack Meetings at the Emergency Operations Center of the City of Keller located at the Keller Police Department building on Rufe Snow. We have our meetings in various locations depending on the program. Some exceptions to the 1st Wednesday rule occur because of holidays or school breaks.
  • What are the uniform requirements?
    • We require every Scout in Pack 317 to wear the official uniform for their rank to all den and pack events, but only from the waist up. Official pants, shorts, and socks are not required. That means that Tigers only need a shirt and cap, and all other ranks need a belt, shirt, neckerchief, slide, and cap. You will also need to supply a couple of patches, but we will furnish the Pack number (317) and Quality Unit patches. NOTE TO PARENTS: If your son is a Wolf, try to buy a belt and shirt that will fit for two years, since Bears wear the same uniform.
  • What else do I need?
    • In addition to a uniform, you’ll also need to get a Cub Scout Book for your son’s rank (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos) if you don’t already have one.
  • If I buy the wrong supplies, can I return them?
    • Definitely! All Scout shops allow you to return undamaged merchandise for exchange or refund within 30 days.
  • Where can I buy my uniform and other Scout supplies?
    • At any official Scout shop. See the Scout Shops page for locations.
  • When do Scouts receive awards?
    • Awards are presented at all seven pack meetings. Pack meeting are held during the school year: Sep – May, but not in Dec or Mar.
  • Can I join the same den as my friend(s)?
    • Certainly, as long as you are all the same rank and the den is not full. We try to keep dens limited to 8 or fewer Scouts, but exceptions can be made by an individual den leader.
  • How will I know which den I belong to?
    • Shortly after registration, new den leaders are selected. Your new den leader will contact you in September or within a week or two after you join our pack.