Den MeetingsNew scouts can start any time and are grouped into Dens with their peers at the same grade levels. Dens usually meet two times a month to earn adventures that are specific to their rank. Adventures provide age-appropriate activities that promote personal growth and development. There are both required and optional activities that teach information and skills through indoor and outdoor craft and game formats. Scouts learn about teamwork, responsibility, communication, safety, the environment, science, their community, and more. The older Webelos cub scouts may also do den-level overnight camping. Den meeting schedules vary by den and are determined by the parents in the group.
All the dens in the pack come together once a month for a pack meeting. This gathering is an opportunity to recognize the achievements of the scouts and communicate information about upcoming events, but it’s also a time for larger-scale activities suitable for all of the age groups. It’s often easier to have special visitors and events at a pack meeting with more scouts participating at the same time.
When possible, pack meeting activities are also designed to connect with specific den adventures and can then be used to fulfill some rank requirements. Pack 502 meets on the third Thursday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Most meetings are held at Vineyard Ranch Elementary, either in the cafeteria or outside as needed, and occasionally we’ll meet at McGimsey Scout Park.
Each year there are multiple special pack-level events. The two overnight campouts take place in the fall and spring. We host a fun-competitive Pinewood Derby race event every year and also run a Raingutter Regatta or Space Derby when time and space is available.
Pack 502’s Big Bang is a special highlight event intended to provide a rare experience for the Cub Scouts and their families. Past Big Bangs have been both overnight and day-only events including an after-hours tour of the San Antonio Zoo at night, visits to the Houston Space Center and the USS Lexington, and a sleepover with sharks at Sea World.
At the end of every scouting year we hold a formal rank up and crossover ceremony for all the scouts advancing through the program. The scouts build their crossover bridge made with the twelve principles of the Scout Law, and those transferring to the older Scouts BSA program are welcomed by a representative of their future troop.