Get pack meeting plans for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017

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In just one hour every month, you can change a young man’s life for the better.

That’s the power of the pack meeting.

And now, thanks to the BSA’s new and improved Cub Scout program, planning these life-changing pack meetings is about to get a whole lot easier.

Just download monthly pack meeting plans for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Cub Scouting years. They make planning incredible monthly pack meetings easier, more rewarding and more fun. And though they’re tied to specific months, you may use them in any order that makes sense for your pack.

Download them all — for free — at this link. You’ll find the plans have the high-energy, fun-filled activities your youth crave.

What’s in the pack meeting plans?

  • A list of materials you’ll need before the meeting
  • Opening ceremony script
  • Audience participation activities and songs
  • Script for presenting recognition items and rank advancement
  • Cubmaster’s minute idea
  • Closing ceremony

Find more, including tips for using these pack meeting plans, after the jump. 

Six tips for using these pack meeting plans the right way

  1. Pack meeting plans do not have to be done in any special order, but it is recommended that you include all of the points of the Scout Law each year. The pack planning meeting would be a good time to determine the order.
  2. There are pack meeting plans for multiple years posted on the website. It is your pack’s choice of which one to select from each point of the Scout Law for each year.
  3. Pack meetings should not last longer than an hour. Adjust the plan to make it fit within the time. Research and experience tells us that Cub Scouts have a hard time sitting still for that long. Keep the meetings fun, active, and engaging.
  4. The following required adventures have a requirement that suggests or requires completion at a pack meeting. Please plan accordingly as part of your annual program planning process. Work with your den leaders to plan when these activities will take place.
    • Tiger
      Tigers in the Wild, requirement 5. Participate in an outdoor pack meeting or pack campout campfire. Sing a song and act out a skit with your Tiger den as part of the program.
      Games Tigers Play, requirement 3. Make up a new game, and play it with your family or members of your den or pack.
    • Wolf
      Council Fire, requirement 6c. Create a den project from recyclables for a pack meeting.
    • Bear
      Grin and Bear It, requirement 2. Working with the members of your den, organize a Cub Scout carnival and lead it at a special event.
      Grin and Bear It, requirement 3. Help younger Cub Scouts take part in one of the events at the Cub Scout carnival.
    • Webelos
      Stronger, Faster, Higher, requirement 5. With adult guidance, lead younger Scouts in a fitness game or games as a gathering activity for a pack or den meeting.
      Arrow of Light
    • Building a Better World (if chosen), requirement 10b. Set up an exhibit at a pack meeting to share information about the World Friendship Fund.
  5. If you are comfortable with a costume to fit the theme of the meeting, go for it!
  6. Most importantly, keep it simple and make it fun.

A different theme each month

These are the plans available. There’s a plan for each month, but they don’t have to be used in a specific order.

2015–2016 Pack Meeting Plans

  • September: Clean – “Cubservation”
  • October: Brave – “Super Cub!”
  • November: Helpful – “Cubs In Action”
  • December: Reverent – “Winter Wonderland”
  • January: Trustworthy – “The Great Race”
  • February: Friendly – “Friends Near And Far”
  • March: Thrifty – “Cubstruction”
  • April: Cheerful – “Strike Up The Band”
  • May: Kind – “My Animal Friends”
  • June: Obedient – “It’s A Hit”
  • July: Loyal – “Scout Salute”
  • August: Courteous – “S’More Cub Scout Fun”

2016–2017 Pack Meeting Plans

  • September: Helpful – “To The Rescue”
  • October: Kind – “Creepy Crawlers”
  • November: Courteous – “Cubs In Shining Armor”
  • December: Cheerful – “Celebrate”
  • January: Obedient – “Cub Scout City Council”
  • February: Reverent – “Passport To Other Lands”
  • March: Loyal – “Our National Treasures”
  • April: Thrifty – “Power Up!”
  • May: Clean – “A Picnic With Pizzazz”
  • June: Brave – “Roaming Reptile Alert”
  • July: Trustworthy – “Let The Games Begin”
  • August: Friendly – “#CUBSCOUTS”

Where are the den meeting plans?

Den meeting plans are tied to the required and elective adventures your den will complete. They’re contained in the Den Leader Guides, which will be available for purchase in May.

See a sampler of these guides here.

Download the pack meeting plans

Go to this link


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22 Comments

  1. When are the next two volumes of Troop Meeting Plans coming out? We need these for our Troop. Glad to see the cub Scouts are set up, now lets get the Boy Scouts in line.

    Thanks

    • Alright, if the Den meeting plans are digital and free–sure, that would be nice –however, who would write them? Would would check them? Who would publish them? Those are all done by people. People have rent, grocery bills, et cetera. As grown-ups sometimes we have to be realistic and fair in the expectations we impose on other people.

  2. When BSA posted the new pack meeting plans, they pulled down the old ones. This is a problem because there are still a few months left in this program year. The new plans don’t start until September. They really need to put back the plans for the rest of this program year.

    • Actually the new program starts June 1st, but it looks as if all the new info won’t be out in time. I know the CS RT supplements on the new program have RT meetings going into July.

      • Yes, the new program starts June 1. But the new pack meeting plans begin with the new program year in September. Which leaves us with the remainder of this program year. And that’s the way it always works, right? Except that they pulled down all the pack meeting plans that Cubmasters will need to finish out this program year.

        • Yes the plans start in September, but you start working on your new rank June 1st. And since the current plans are using the soon to be outdated rank program, it makes no sense to continue using them

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  3. I love the new pack meeting plans. The layout is so fun and they generally seem very well planned (maybe a little short on the “program” section, based on the one that I’ve looked over in-depth so far).

    However, there is contradicting information about how long a pack meeting should be. The web page where you can download the plans has the same info as you have listed above–pack meetings should last no more than an hour. But the actual plans state that a pack meeting should last no more than an hour and a half. I feel like there should be consistency in these two messages about pack meeting length. Maybe you could say something like, “It is suggested that pack meetings last about an hour, but no longer than an hour and a half.”

    If you ever find yourself in need of a really good proofreader, I’d happily volunteer. Even if the webpage and the pack meeting plans were being produced by two different groups, everything should be proofread by one or more proofreaders (reading all of the materials) so that consistency errors like this can be avoided.

  4. The picture above has the boys in face paint. Doesn’t BSA have an official policy requesting that we not use face paint, as many native people use it for religious purposes?

  5. The link to the Pack Meeting plans takes me to a dead end. These materials looks great. The local council office doesn’t have a packet either. Any ideas on how to find them?

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