The Scouting year kicks off in September by selling Trails End popcorn. It is a wonderful opportunity for the Pack to earn funds to support our entire year of Scouting. Popcorn sales increases our unit’s income, pays for our entire Scouting program, teaches Cub Scouts valuable life lessons by “earning their own way”, and allows them to earn prizes. In addition to selling door-to-door or to friends, neighbors, and family, Cub Scouts can also sell online to friends and family out of town.


January marks our annual pinewood derby race. With the help of parents, Cub Scouts build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, four plastic wheels, and four metal axles. The finished car must use all nine pieces, must not exceed a certain weight (usually five ounces), must not exceed a certain width (usually 2-3/4 inches) and length (usually 7 inches), and must fit on our track. Blocks can be whittled with a hand knife, bandsaw, or Dremel tool for major shaping. Decals can be bought at scout shops or hobby shops. The Cub Scout is able to carve and decorate the car as he chooses. Many Cub Scouts also add weights to the final design to bring the car to the maximum allowable weight; coins, glue-in lead pieces, and melted lead are common ways to add weight. Cars typically vary from unfinished blocks to whimsical objects, to accurate replicas of actual cars. Graphite is usually the only lubricant allowed, and it often helps to polish the provided nails.
The idea behind the pinewood derby is for the parent to spend time helping the child design, carve, paint, add weights, and tune the final car. Our high-tech electronic track has six lanes and slopes down to the ground, since the cars are powered by gravity. The race is run in heats and racers are initially grouped with others from the same rank (Tiger Cubs, Wolf Cubs, Bear Cubs, etc.). Winners of each rank then race for the top three places in the Pack. First, second, and third place winners of each rank, and within the Pack, receive trophies. Our Pack also awards on the basis of categories decided by the committee each year (e.g., Best Scout Theme, Most Patriotic, etc.).


Most Cub Scouts celebrate Scouting Anniversary Week in February with a “birthday party” called the Blue and Gold banquet. In nearly all packs, the Blue and Gold banquet is the highlight of the year. It brings families together for an evening of food, fun, and cheer and acts as our pack meeting for February.

The purpose of the Blue and Gold banquet is to celebrate the pack’s anniversary, thank pack leaders and other adults who have helped the pack, and inspire the leaders, Cub Scouts, and parents. Packs often like to invite former members and other Scouting or community leaders to take part in their blue and gold banquet.


In the Law of the Pack, a Cub Scout gives good will and in the Boy Scout Promise, a Boy Scout promises to help other people at all times. By participating in a Scouting for Food program, Cub Scouts come a step closer to fulfilling those words.

Across the country, in many councils and districts, thousands of troops and packs with millions of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts involved collect tens of millions of pounds of food which is distributed to needy neighbors. If your troop or pack is not involved in a local program, or if there is not a program in place, this is a great opportunity for you to help improve your scouting program.


The Arrow of Light Award is the pinnacle of a Cub Scout’s career and is the only Cub Scout award or insignia that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform. Boys who achieve this award and the leaders and family members who help can be very proud of the these Cub Scouts’ accomplishments. It proves that they are ready to join a Boy Scout troop. Many of the requirements for the Arrow of Light are intended to familiarize the scout with a local troop and hopefully show him that crossing over into a troop is the next step to take in scouting. A scout who earns his Arrow of Light patch has also completed nearly all the requirements to earn the Scout badge in the troop so he has already begun his Boy Scout trail. Each March, our Pack holds the Arrow of Light Ceremony for all such qualifying Cub Scouts in conjunction with all Webelos Scouts who “bridge” onto Boy Scouts. Local Boy Scout Troops attend and welcome their brand new members.


Each Spring marks the time of year when the Pack assists in a community service project in association with Heal the Bay. Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy, and clean. They use research, education, community action, and advocacy to pursue their mission. For two hours on a chosen Saturday, the Pack participates in a Beach Cleanup program by picking up trash and debris and appreciating that our resources are limited and that we must “leave no trace”.


April brings with it Webelos-Ree. Webelos-Ree is an event for Webelos and Bears that takes place along side the Ventura County Council’s Boy Scout Camporee. Signage refers to the event as Camporee and is staffed by the Camporee Committee as well as a few Webelos-Ree staff. Bear Dens are invited to come for the day on Saturday only. Webelos Dens are invited to come spend the night Friday or come for just the day on Saturday. Saturday activities consist of morning competitive events such as scout knowledge triathlon, knot relay, and an obstacle course whereas the afternoon brings with it various non-competitive events and static demonstrations. The fun ends with a rousing campfire and Order of the Arrow ceremony.


Held each year in June, the Cub Scout Day Camp is a unique week-long opportunity for Cub Scouts and their families to enjoy a safe haven of scouting activity. Programs are age-appropriate and have different levels as you go from Tiger to Webelos. Events change from year-to-year, but the “constants” include archery, BB guns, and wall climbing.


Each Summer our Pack participates in a Webelos Summer Camp where all Webelos Scouts are eligible to go on a three-day three-night camping expedition with a parent. Activities often include archery, BB-gun shooting, swimming, campfire skits, frontier living, branding, hiking, roping, astronomy, handicrafts, and science and technology. There isn’t a boy who comes back with anything but wonderful memories.


In August (before the year kicks off), our scouting families get together for a Friday-night-to-Sunday excursion at a Southern California camp. All Cub Scouts and their families join in for a fun-filled time that includes activities such as cooking, hiking, swimming, dutch-oven cooking (dessert cook-offs are a hit!), and campfire songs and skits. It is the first major event for all of our new families, and it gives us all a chance to welcome them aboard and also reunite after the summer break.