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Cub Scout Pack 4173
(Guntersville, Alabama)
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to join Cub Scouts?
Tiger Cubs (entering first grade or age 7), Cub Scouts (entering second or third grade, or age 8 or 9), Webelos Scouts (entering fourth or fifth grade, or age 10).

What does Cub Scouting offer my son?
Cub Scouting offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide boys through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement. Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, boys also learn honesty, bravery, and respect.

How does participation in Cub Scouting affect participation other activities?
The Cub Scout program is designed to compliment many other extracurricular activities. Typical time commitment is two Den meetings and one Pack meeting per month. Boys who participate in organized sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, etc, or academic-based extracurricular activities like music, art, science etc., can be recognized for these activities though Cub Scout belt loops and pins which are worn on their uniform.

What are the responsibilities of a parent?
  • Provide help and support for the den and pack.
  • Work with your son on advancement projects and activities.
  • Attend pack meetings with your son and present his advancement awards to him at the pack meeting.
  • Attend and assist with den outings.
  • Attend Cub Scout Family campouts with your son.

Do Cub Scouts go camping?
Yes, but they ease into it. They may go camping with a parent, or even with the entire family. More on Cub Scout camping can be found at

What other activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?
Pack 173 is trying to be very active, providing a rich environment for boys and their families. Typical annual events include:
  • Rocket Launch
  • Fall Campout
  • Scouting for Food
  • Veteran’s Day Observance
  • Holiday Party
  • Blue & Gold Banquet
  • Pinewood Derby
  • Spring Campout
  • Memorial Day Observance
  • Summer Day Camp
  • Summer Resident Camp
  • Community Service Activities
  • and more!

How much is it going to cost?
Pack 173 does not charge annual dues. The only fee is the $15 National registration fee due in December.   Since the Pack 173 charter begins on January 1, new Cub Scouts may pay a prorated fee for the remainder of the year, depending on when they register. Contact the Cubmaster for a prorated dues schedule.

Other costs include uniforms and some activity fees.  Dens should collect their own "den dues" to cover den costs.  Youth members participate in one fund-raising activity (popcorn), which helps to cover Den supplies, equipment, and other activities.  We may look into other fundraisers this upcoming year.  Other expenses can be: Boys' Life Magazine, the rocket, regatta, and pinewood derby kits.

Where can I buy uniforms, pack and den number patches?
The Scout Shop is located at . 
2211 Drake Avenue Southwest
Huntsville, AL 35805-5109
(256) 880-1488
Check hours of operation before you leave.

If you can't make it to the store, and are comfortable specifying your son's shirt size (S/M/L), they will also take phone orders and ship via UPS. Alternatively, you can order everything online from the BSA retail store at ScoutStuff.Org

How can I save money on the cost of uniforms?
Pack 173 is instituting a uniform exchange. As boys outgrow their uniforms, change ranks, graduate to Boy Scouts, or drop out, their uniforms may be donated to the Pack.  The collection point will be the Guntersville FUMC. The Pack will then offer these items for sale to other Pack members at a greatly reduced price. Common items that may be exchanged include caps, shirts, neckerchief slides, and belts. Watch this Web site for an inventory of items, and contact the Cubmaster for more details on the program.

More Frequently Asked Questions

How often are the meetings?
Cub Scouts usually meet in their Dens once or twice each month, and a Pack meeting is held for all Cub Scouts and their families once a month. Beyond that, it depends on the Den and Pack: a Den may hold a special activity, such as a service project or visit to a local museum in place of one of the weekly meetings or in addition to the weekly meetings. Likewise, the Pack may conduct a special event such as a rocket launch, campout, or service activity as an additional event, rather than a substitute for its monthly Pack meeting.
How can I learn more?
The best way to learn about what a Cub Scout really does is to talk with a Cub Scout who is engaged in the program. Alternatively, you can learn more about the Cub Scout program by selecting "Contact Cubmaster" (above) and asking questions, or leave your phone number to receive a call from the Cubmaster.