There will be many events and opportunities to join in fun scouting activities throughout the year. Events may be coordinated at the pack or den level by leaders or adult volunteers within our pack. Other events are coordinated by the local council, district, or other BSA entities. The types of events range from campouts, overnight experiences, and day activities. All of these events will help build on the cubs' knowledge of scouting principles, skills, and experiences. Most of these events are optional and paid for individually so don't feel bad if you can't make some of them due to other events or commitments you may have.
Pack Events: We will typically have at 2-3 campouts and 1-2 overnight events during the school year along with a handful of daytrips or other small events.
Campouts are usually planned for 1 or 2 nights, held at state parks or other local camping facilities within a short driving distance from Austin. Cub Scout camping is car camping. The campsites will typically have water and electricity available at each site or very nearby.
Someone will haul our scout trailer that contains all of the food, cooking gear, wood, and other supplies to the campsites where we will have a single basecamp to use as our hub where we will cook meals and hang out. See following section for more information on what to consider bringing to campouts.
The help campouts run smoothing, we rely on parents and scouts volunteering to help with various tasks ranging from buying or loading food/supplies before the campout, cooking and cleaning up during the campout, and unloading after the campout. Everyone getting involved really helps make the campout an enjoyable experience for all who attend.
We will usually try to coordinate some activities during the campouts, such as hikes, fishing, etc.
Your pack fee covers some of the cost for campsite reservations and bulk consumable supplies, but we do ask families to pay a food fee when they sign up for the campout, which is approximately $10 per person.
Overnight events are held at larger venues that provide unique experiences for the cubs. Examples have included spending the night on an aircraft carrier, a museum, the zoo, or an aquarium.
The gear to take varies on the experience but will typically be sleeping gear and toiletries.
Due to payment and reservation requirements of the various venues, these events can require a final headcount and payment 4-6 weeks prior to the event (sometimes more). The signup details will include any of the signup and payment deadlines.
The cost for these types of overnight experiences may vary, but typically range between $60-$85 per attendee.
Daytrips and Other Pack Events:
Occasionally there will also be other fun pack events that are planned. It could be as simple as a meetup for a hike or a guided tour at a nearby farm. These will vary in duration depending on the type of event and can range from a few hours to full day events.
The cost for these other events can vary widely but will typically be free or a very small fee to attend.
Council and Other Events: There will be many types of events that are coordinated/sponsored by the local scout council. These can include "scout days" at various sporting events, outdoor adventures that may include activities such as archery, BB guns, or other crafts, and day camps. On a few occasions they may also offer overnight events, such as sleeping at the Cowboys stadium or camping at one of the local council campgrounds. These events will be shared on our pack website with signup details. On occasion, we may coordinate as a pack to attend, but will typically be available for individual signup.
Cancelation or Reschedule Policy: See the Events FAQ page for more information.