Where Is Pack 9?
Pack 9 is chartered to The Way Church in Springfield, Missouri. Most of our "all-pack" activities occur at the church, including pack meetings and derbies - including the famous Pinewood Derby.
Our pack resides in the Pathfinder District of the Ozark Trails Council. (There is another Pack 9 from the Na-Ka-Ga-Ha District).
Who Are Your Scouts?
We have over 30 boys registered with our Pack. They primarily come from the following schools:
Not all of our scouts come from those schools. We do have boys from other schools who have chosen to join our Pack because they want to be in Scouting with their friends or relatives.
When Can My Son Join?
Cub Scouting is open to all boys in the first through fifth grades. Boys going into first grade can join the Pack as a Tiger Cub and can join the Pack for most summertime activities prior to the start of first grade. The exceptions to this are the council sponsored camps, which have limitations on what Tigers can do.
Boys who join in the summer can earn the Summertime Activity Award for the rank they're working towards. So boys going into first grade can earn the Tiger Summertime Activity Award if they participate in summer activities with the Pack.
Boys can start during any age-appropriate year. So if your son wasn't interested in Scouting when he was in first grade, he can still join our pack during second, third, fourth or fifth grades! We'll do what we can to help your son earn as many ranks and achievements as possible during his time in our pack
How Much Does It Cost?
New Registration as a Cub Scout: $2 per month from today through Dec. due at time of registration. The 12 issue subscription to Boys Life Magazine is $12.
All new scouts pay registration fees to become members of the BSA. The subscription to Boys Life Magazine is optional but strongly recommended. It is an invaluable resource that the boys really enjoy, and helps encourage them to read outside the school setting while reinforcing the core values of scouting.
The Pack participates in fundraisers throughout the year. This allows the Scouts to work to help cover Pack expenses like rank advancement and achievement awards the Scout will earn on his journey through each rank. Things like belt loops, arrow points and other patches are included in these expenses. This also helps us provide quality events like the Pinewood derby, Space derby and Rain Gutter Regatta as well as the materials, trophies and awards that go along with these event. It also goes toward leadership training opportunities. Every den deserves a well trained leader. These fundraisers allow the Scout to individually earn money that can be used toward Scouting only expenses and will help defer some of the initial cost to incoming Scout families.
The Official Cub Scout Uniform:
The Class A uniform consists of the official blue scout shirt $24.99 (or if entering as a Webelos the tan BSA shirt 29.99-39.99), Neckercheif - $8.99, Rank Slide - $5.99, Unit Number - $1.49, World Crest patch - $1.99, Ozark Trails Council Patch - $4.15, and Den number patch - $1.49, (blue scout pants $24.99 - $44.99 are optional) and blue belt - $9.99. General cost for the entire uniform is $60. We do not require the rank appropriate hat, but it is recommended. Click here for the official patch placement guide.
This uniform is worn for all scouting ceremonies, den and pack meetings and while traveling to or from summer camps or "Go See It's". It gives the boys a sense of belonging and pride, and when they put it on they know there are expectations that go with it.
Class B Uniform:
Class B is an Official BSA t-shirt. This can be our Pack 9 t-shirt which can be purchased through our website for $12 or any BSA t-shirt from the scout shop. They are primarily worn on campouts or other recreational events that the scouts will be getting down and dirty in, like our annual Pack 9 picnic or the spring and fall family campout.
The handbook has all the requirements for each rank. As your scout progresses he will need the handbook for each rank, the cost of which is $10.99 for a regular perfect bound or 16.99 for a coil bound book.
Where Do I Get All This Stuff?
This can all be purchased locally at the Ozarks Trail Council Scout Shop on 1616 S. Eastgate Ave across from Harter House and Sams Club on the East side of town. Give them a call with any questions, they are always glad to help. 417-883-1636.
Financial assistance for families is available. It is determined on a case-by-case basis and there is paperwork we have to submit to the local council for review. Please use the "Contact Us" link to inquire further.
Transferring to or From Pack 9
Should a scout move to a new Pack or transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, his membership remains valid. He'll need to complete a new application noting that he is transfering between groups. But he doesn't have to pay the registration fee.
For insurance and liability reasons, the BSA requires all boys participating in Pack activities to be registered members of the BSA.