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Scouting is Fun with a Purpose!, and the purpose is to raise boys of strong character who respect themselves and others. There is no better youth leadership nor community service training than Scouting. Cub Scout Pack 85 in Beavercreek, OH is dedicated to a lively Cub Scout experience with activities that capture the interest of boys yet are fun for the entire family.
Who We Are
Pack 85 is open to all 1st through 5th grade boys regardless of school attended or preferred place of worship. Our cubs mostly attend St. Luke School, but a few attend other schools in the area. St. Luke Church sponsors our pack and provides facilities for us to meet. Pack 85 was first chartered by St. Luke Catholic Church in 1963.
How We're Organized. Our pack has about 65 boys organized by dens. Each den usually has 6 to 8 boys of the same grade level. Dens are a great way to make and stay in touch with friends. Boys may join at any grade, whether or not they've been scouts before.
- 1st graders are in Tiger dens
- 2nd graders are in Wolf dens
- 3rd graders are in Bear dens
- 4th and 5th graders are in Webelos dens
Our leadership is both mothers and fathers, and even a few grandparents! Single parents are welcome. All are volunteers. We consistently win top-quality Pack awards.
Our affiliations - St. Luke Catholic Church of Beavercreek, Ohio charters us. We're just outside of Dayton, OH near Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). Pack 85 is in theChillicothe District of the nationally top-ratedTecumseh Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Religious - Scouting is spiritual but does not mandate a religion. The National Catholic Committee on Scouting provides two religious emblems programs for Cub Scouts; over 90% of our scouts earn both of these awards outside of Den and Pack meetings.
What Pack 85 is Not
We are Not Exclusive - We welcome boys and families of all backgrounds.
We are Not Day Care - You should attend the meetings and events with your son. Cub Scouting is generally not a drop-your-son-off activity. Our activities are parent / son oriented. Parents provide our pack and den leadership, and everyone is expected to do their part to help run pack and den activities. Advancement requires adults assist their boys. Parents Help the Pack Go.
Achievements and Awards
One of Scouting's biggest benefits is the structured exposure to skills and practical knowledge needed in family, career and community.
The youngest Scouts can earn recognition for achievement in Family, Den, or Go-See-It activities. They participate in all scouting events with an Adult Partner (usually Mom or Dad).
As Scouts grow, they can learn essential skills and enjoyment of outdoor activities, community involvement, personal safety, sports, and the environment. They earn emblems of recognition as they progress throughout the Cub Scout achievements and electives for their age group. All Scouts can also earn recognition for 23 different sports accomplishments including virtually every ball sport plus skating, fishing and swimming.
Academic accomplishment is also very important with recognition of accomplishment in 17 areas including: Art - Astronomy - Chess - Computers - Geography - Heritage - Language and Cultures - Map and Compass - Mathematics - Music - Science - Weather - Wildlife Conservation
Webelos are the oldest Scouts and they can earn 20 pins signifying their proficiency in Physical, Mental, Community, Technology, and Outdoor activities. The Webelos program also prepares boys to join Boy Scouts at the end of fifth grade.
During the school year, dens meet between two and three times a month and also have several field trips per year. Specific times are determined by each Den Leader based upon Scout availability; times may change throughout the year. Parents usually take turns organizing the den meetings and field trips. Pack meetings are one evening a month (usually the third Monday from 7-8 pm in the St Luke cafeteria) and feature award recognition and fun activities.
Pack 85 Cub Scouts have many opportunities to enjoy camping and the great outdoors. Each summer, Day Camp provides five packed days of fun-filled games, crafts, shows, and activities. Camp Birch also provides an overnight camp experience with tents and cots. In addition, family campouts and hikes may be planned for the entire pack or for individual dens. Optionally, some in the Pack also attend the several weekend camp Camp Birch, go to Cincinnati Reds and Dayton Dragon games, and other events.
Pack 85 Activities
Pinewood Derby - Cubs build and decorate 7" pinewood cars and race them down a 25-foot ramp, a classic event that's fun for all. Open classes for parents & siblings too. We hold workshops to help all build great cars. Speed isn't everything; we've many style and performance awards.
Service Projects - Cubs collect canned goods for the Greene County Food Bank as part of the annual Scouting for Food Drive. Pack 85 has adopted Phillips Park (and pond) near Beavercreek. We place US flags on veterans graves every Memorial Day. Cubs take turns throughout the year keeping our adopted areas cleared of litter and helping with small Beavercreek and St Luke community projects. Each Den builds a Thanksgiving basket for needy local families.
Blue and Gold Banquet - A feast, a cake decorating contest, awards, door prizes, special speakers, skits, and fun activities blend with our annual potluck meal in the wonderfully decorated cafeteria. Each year a new theme challenges Dens to craft the best centerpiece, give the greatest holler, and show the greatest spirit.
Scout Sunday - A special noon Mass for all former and current Cub, Boy, and Venturer Scouts at St Luke in early February.
Team Challenges - During the first Pack Meeting of the year, Dens encounter in a round robin of team building, mental and physical challenges.
2009's Special Events - Booneshoft animal presenter, Dayton Dragon game, flag retirement ceremony, kite flying, and more!
2010's Special Events - Pack Pool Party, fire truck power spraying, Family Bash campout, Ice Skating, Reduced Raingutter Regatta, pizza party, Child Protection Training, overnight at Columbus Zoo, Bering Expedition @ Camp Birch, Beavercreek July 4th parade,and more!
2011's Special Events - Victoria Theater show & tour, Roller Skating, Jamboree On the Air (amateur radio), Lego derby races, Lowe’s Derby Cup, Emergency! round robin (first aid and firetrucks), overnight at Newport Aquarium, Dayton Dragons game and overnight on Fifth Third Field, Council Ski Day, Beavercreek July 4th parade, Maple Sugar Breakfast, Pack Pool Party, and more!
Planned 2012 Special Events - Ohio Caverns tour & picnic, Fishing @ Bear Lake, Cincinnati Reds Scout Night, Sleep Out! @ St Lukes, Wright State Climbing Wall, COSI overnight, Ice Skating, Scout Sunday, Victoria Theater show, Beavercreek July 4th parade, and more!
Dues for 2012-13 are $91/scout and cover the majority of national BSA dues, a Boy’s Life magazine subscription, minimal pack-level supplies, all achievements & awards, your son’s Handbook, and one set of uniform insignia. A uniform belt, shirt, and hat must be obtained separately; the new cost varies depending on age level ($30-$40/scout). Optional camps and special event fees vary from $5 - $100 per camp/event. All profits from our one fundraiser (popcorn sales in the Fall), as well as much-appreciated donations from the St. Luke Boosters and parents like you cover remaining unit costs and provide for a richer Scouting experience for the Pack.
Each Den covers its own meeting and activity costs, typically in an ad hoc manner with parents donating time, talents, money, and resources as needed.
Financial issues will never prevent a boy from fully enjoying Pack 85. Scholarships are regularly provided to help offset costs for those in need; please see the Cubmaster, Treasurer, or Committee Chair.
The Boys Scouts of America, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and Pack 85 strive to create a fun, safe environment. To join Pack 85, all leaders and parents will take both BSA's online and the Church's live classes. Additionally, all leaders are fingerprinted and background checked, twice. Parents complete the last leg of the tripod, talking to their sons. Pack 85 recommends parents read BSA's Cub Scout Youth Protection website and watch the It Happened to Me video with thier son.
How to Join Pack 85
- Contact: Kevin Sweere, Cubmaster at (937) 427-0865 orsweerek gmail com. Or our Pack Committee Chair, Nate Grauvogel at ngrauvogel gmail com.
- Print & complete (or request) the BSA adult and youth applications.
- Complete the Pack 85 Registration Packet, attached.
- Adults, register at MyScouting.org (our Council is Tecumseh) and take the BSA Youth Protection online training. Print your certificate.
- Adults, take the Virtus class in person
- We hold a Cub Scout Round-up Night soon after school starts every Fall. Alternatively, submit the forms, certificate, and fees to the Cubmaster in person or by mail (2542 Conwood Dr, Beavercreek, OH 45434).