I hear people refer to my Pack as a “unit.” What does that mean?
When you hear the word “unit” it is referring to all the programs offered within the BSA. While you may be a part of a Cub Scout Pack, there are also Boy Scout Troops and Co-Ed Venturing Crews as part of the Boy Scout program. When someone refers to a unit, that is the non-specific term for a Pack, Troop or Crew. Pack and unit can often be used interchangeably.
What is a Pack?
When you registered your son for Cub Scouts, he joined a Cub Scout Pack. A Pack is all the grades (K-5th) of Scouts that are chartered by one organization. When you signed-up, a Scout leader in the Pack probably told you a Pack number. This is the number you will see on a lot of information distributed by the Pack and is also the number your Scout and his leaders will wear on the sleeve of the Scout uniform. When you meet as a Pack, you are meeting with all the boys from all the grades. The Pack will meet once a month so all the Scouts can receive their achievements together. You will also go on many outings as an entire Pack (though Dens can go on outings too).
What is a Den?
When you think of a Den, think of all the Scouts being in the same grade. A Cub Scout Pack is broken into Dens so the Scouts can work on skills and advancements appropriate for his grade level. Boys in kindergarten are in a Lions Den. Boys in the 1st grade are in a Tiger Den. Boys in 2nd grade are in a Wolf Den. Boys in 3rd grade are in a Bear Den. Boys in 4th and 5th grades are in Webelos Dens (the Webelos program is two years long and the boys are considered Webelos in 4th grade and Arrow of Light in 5th grade.) Your Scout will meet with his Den anywhere from 1-3 times a month and then all the Dens will come together as a Pack for one Pack meeting at the end of each month.
What is a District and how do I know which one we are in?
A District is a geographic territory that allows professional Scouters (those employed by the BSA) to better serve you. Every Pack is a part of a District and that District depends on where your Pack is located. To figure out what District you are a part of, click on the Districts tab of the Web site and find the District that lists your city or school district. Your District will hold monthly leader meetings called Roundtables, where all the units in your area will gather to hear about upcoming events, trainings and information. Your District will also hold events that you can attend and not have to plan.
Tuality District of the Cascade Pacific Council BSA serves youth in western Washington County, including Hillsboro, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston, North Plains, Banks, and Vernonia.
To keep up-to-date on events and activities happening in the district, all Scout leaders and parents are encouraged to subscribe to the Tuality Times mailing list.
What is Cascade Pacific Council?
The Cascade Pacific Council
Cascade Pacific Council guides over 33,000 youth in 18 counties of NW Oregon and SW Washington. Cascade Pacific Council is comprised of Scouting professional who work on Scouting’s behalf to train and help deliver a safe, quality program to our Scouting families. The Council is here to make sure all youth and adults are properly registered with the BSA, to manage and maintain advancement and training records, and to provide programming and camping experiences throughout the year.
What is the role of our District Executive John Ogle?
The District Executive is the professional Scouter within your District. The District Executive is your local resource for Scouting information and assistance. The District Executive is employed by the Boy Scouts of America and is assigned a particular District to help recruit volunteers and help organize trainings and events in your area.
Our new district executive was introduced at Roundtable in January. John Ogle grew up in Vancouver, WA, where he earned his Eagle in 2004. He is a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow, and was elected Lodge Chief of the Wauna La-Mon'tay Lodge in 2007. John has worked on staff at Camp Meriwether since 2008, serving as Program Director in 2013. He is a 2013 graduate of Western Washington University.
John can be reached at 503-225-5731 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.