Join the Cub Scouts and have fun while learning.
The Mission.
Since its beginning, the Cub Scout program has been a fun and educational experience concerned with values. Besides providing a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities, Cub Scouting focuses on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills, and developing a spirit of community service.
The Pack:
A Cub Scout Pack is made up of Dens, or smaller groups of boys all of the same age and/or grade level. The Dens are identified by rank:
  • Tigers - First Grade (or age 7)
  • Wolves - Second Grade (or age 8)
  • Bears - Third Grade (or age 9)
  • Webelos I - Fourth Grade (or age 10)
  • Webelos II - Fifth Grade
Although many boys start as Tigers, they can join at any time. Dens meet 2-3 times per month as a group, to work on projects toward their rank, to prepare something for the Pack meeting, to work toward earning elective awards, or any other activity they like. They usually meet at the classrooms or basement of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, our chartering organization, or they may meet in the home of the Den Leader, the adult volunteer who organizes and runs the den meetings, or they may rotate between the homes of the den members. They may go on field trips.

Once per month during the school year (September to June), all the Dens meet together as a Pack. The Cubmaster leads the Pack Meeting, which has been planned and organized with the help of the Pack Committee. The Pack Committee consists of all the Den Leaders, plus other adults who help run things "behind the scenes" for the Pack. Pack meetings often follow a theme, and are usually held at the United Methodist Church, although sometimes they are held at other locations.

The Pack also organizes activities outside of den and pack meetings, usually about one every 1-2 months. Past activities have included visits to the Bijou Movie Theater, pack overnights at Camp Waubeek, building a car and racing in a Pinewood Derby, helping local veterans set out and gather up flags for Memorial Day weekend, and marching in the annual Memorial Day parade. The Hawkeye Area Council also sponsors events for all the Packs in the region, such as overnights at Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball games, scout night at U of I basketball games, Webelos Woods, and the very popular summer day camps and resident camps at the Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation.

Boys "graduate" to the next rank level in May. They have a rank badge that they work to achieve that is specific to each rank. We generally try to help boys to finish all the requirements for their rank badge by February, when we hold our Blue and Gold Banquet. However, they have until May to finish any awards for their rank. Although each boy only works on the rank for his age group in a given year, any boy who has just joined Cub Scouting must first earn a Bobcat award before he can be awarded his rank for that year.

During the summer months, we have at least one Pack activity each month, although Den and Pack meetings are suspended for the summer. Usually in June, we have a end-of-school picnic; in July, decorate a float and march (or ride!) in the Mount Vernon Heritage Days parade; and in August, we have a back-to-school watermelon social

You're Invited! Join Us for Our Regular Scheduled Pack Meeting.  See the Calendar for the date and time.
United Methodist Church
304 1st Street Southwest
Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314

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