About Westport Cub Scouts Pack 39

Purpose  The Cub Scout program is designed to aid the overall mission of the Boy Scouts of America to build character, learn citizenship, and develop personal fitness.  Scouting has something for everyone. Young people love to get outdoors. The leaders of Pack 39 take that motto to heart when planning an enjoyable program for scouts and parents alike. After graduating from Webelos and Pack 39, many Scouts move on to Boy Scouts.  The mission of Scouting is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Meetings and Activities  Cub Scouts meet as dens (small groups of boys in the same school grade) on a regular basis to work on age appropriate advancement requirements. 

The pack meets as a group once each month during the school year for meetings and joint activities.  A typical pack meeting might include learning about the animals at the Wakeman Town Farm, learning about swimming safety at the Staples High School pool, skating at the Longshore P.A.L. Ice Rink, skiing, hikes at the Newman-Poses Reserve/Aspetuck Land Trust, or beach games at Compo Beach.

In addition, the pack camps out twice per year, once in the fall and again in the spring.  Scouts and their families learn about how to be comfortable in the outdoors, how to have fun at a campfire, and getting a good night’s sleep in a tent.

But that's not all.  The Pack also runs a Pinewood Derby, and participates in Westport’s Maker Fair. We march in the Westport Memorial Day Parade. Finally, the Connecticut Yankee Council offers programs throughout the year including summer day and resident camp, Scout Night and sleepovers with the Bridgeport Bluefish and Sound Tigers, the annual Fishing Derby at Deer Lake Scout Reservation, and more.  Every three years, the pack joins 3,000 other scouts from the council at ConnJam.

Organization  Westport Cub Scouts Pack 39 is made up of kindergarten through fifth grade boys and girls, mostly from Westport and surrounding area schools. The organization of the pack is very standard for Cub Scout packs. Cub Scouts meet in small groups (dens) of 5 to 10 boys or 5 to 10 girls. Each den has volunteer leaders, and consists of boys or girls in the same grade. First graders are Tiger Cubs, second graders are Wolf Cubs, third graders are Bear Cubs, while fourth and fifth graders are Webelos.

Each Cub Scout pack is sponsored by an organization. Our chartered organization is the Greens Farms Congregational Church, which has sponsored Pack 39 for 67 years. Families in our pack come from many backgrounds and do not need to be a member of GFCC to join our pack.

The pack is run by the Pack Committee, which is headed by the Committee Chairman. In Pack 39, all adult leaders and parents are welcome to attend our Pack Parents Committee meetings, where we plan pack meetings and other pack activities.

The Cubmaster is in charge of the pack meetings and reports to the Committee. The Cubmaster is the face of the Pack, and is responsible for the program of the pack.  The Den Leaders are the ones who do the majority of the work, and who have the most fun. All adult leaders must attend Youth Protection and Cub Scout Leader Basic Training, a training course organized by the Council (now offered online as well). Den Leaders plan and organize den meetings, keep track of the scouts' advancements, and attend leaders meetings (Pack Committee meetings). Den Leaders should try to engage the parents in the den meetings to the greatest extent possible, both to make the Den Leader's job easier and to increase the scouts' enjoyment. Cub Scouting is a family activity, and den meetings are a great place for family involvement. The Den Leader can go to the Cubmaster, the Pack Committee, or the Pack Trainer for advice and assistance.

Parents: You get to do this with your child!
Parents play an important role in the Pack. The leaders will do their best to provide a quality program, but all leaders in Pack 39 are parent volunteers and have other obligations. We depend on parents to help provide the great program we have. We ask every parent to help the Pack in some capacity. You should share the responsibility of organizing den meetings and support your son's den leader. In addition, you should help with at least one pack activity a year (e.g. Pinewood Derby or a campout). A parent should attend the pack meetings together with the Cub Scout. Every handbook for scouts has a tear-out parent guide at the beginning, and parents are encouraged to take an online Youth Protection Training at my.scouting.org - which is approximately 72 minutes in length. There are no secrets in Cub Scouts; parents are welcome in any organizational meetings of the Pack, District or Council.

Pack 39 is inclusive and welcoming  Pack 39 does not discriminate against youth or adults on the basis of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor, and we strive to be a diverse and welcoming environment for all. The pack strongly believes that every young person should have the opportunity to be a scout.  No one will be denied the opportunity to be a member of our pack because of a lack of funds. Please contact our Cubmaster or Committee Chair for more information.

Leader meetings (Pack Committee Meetings) Every month, leaders of Pack 39 discuss organizational matters, future events and exchange ideas. All parents are welcome. Meeting times are on the Pack calendar at www.westportcubscouts.com.

Training Every month, leaders of the entire Pomperaug District (including Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport) exchange ideas and review recent activities and announcements. Leaders are encouraged to attend roundtables. Parents are always welcome. These are held on the Second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at 30 Bonnie View Drive, Trumbull. Every Scout deserves trained leaders, and all leaders and adults are encouraged to pursue training to best serve the Scouts in their den and pack.

Join Pack 39! Scouts can join at any time!  See "Contact Us" to inquire.

Any questions? email pack39westport@gmail.com