Who We Are
We are a great group of Cub Scouts and adult leaders dedicated to serving both boys and girls in our community that are in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Pack 317 is an experienced Pack, established in 1966, and sponsored by the American Legion Leon Burson Post 395 in Plano, IL. The members of our Pack take great pride in serving our community for 55 years!
Pack 317 follows a ‘Scout year’ of July to June. Upon nearing the end of the school term, all the Scouts who have completed their adventure trail will ‘cross over’ into the next rank. During the summer, Den meeting work on achievements may be suspended as the Pack will meet monthly at fun activities such as a bowling derby, fishing derby, kite derby, baseball game, Pack swim, etc. that goes toward the Scouts earning their Summertime Award pin.
We are an active Pack, with many activities for our Scouts to choose from. Most of our meetings take place at the First Baptist Church, 116 N Hale St, Plano, Illinois.
Week 1 - Den Meetings on Monday (7pm-8pm)
Week 2 - Weekend Activity & Pack Committee Meeting on Friday (7pm-9pm)
Week 3 - Den Meetings on Monday (7pm-8pm)
Week 4 - Pack Meeting on Monday (7pm-8pm)
Aims & Methods of Scouting
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
There are four aims of Scouting:
The methods of Cub Scouting are:
Living The Ideals - Cub Scouting’s values are embedded in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Cub Scout motto, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, and salute. These practices help establish and reinforce the program’s values in Scouts and the leaders who guide them.
Belonging To A Den - The den (a group of six to eight children who are in the same grade and are the same gender) is the place where Cub Scouting starts. In the den, Cub Scouts develop new skills and interests, they practice sportsmanship and good citizenship, and they learn to do their best, not just for themselves but for the den as well.
Advancement - Recognition is important to everyone. The advancement plan provides fun for the Scouts, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members and their den leader work with them on advancement projects.
Family Involvement - Whether a Cub Scout lives with two parents or one, a foster family, or other relatives, their family is an important part of Cub Scouting. Parents and adult family members provide leadership and support for Cub Scouting and help ensure that Scouts have a good experience in the program.
Activities - Cub Scouts participate in a huge array of activities, including games, projects, skits, stunts, songs, outdoor activities, trips, and service projects. Besides being fun, these activities offer opportunities for growth, achievement, and family involvement.
Serving The Community - Cub Scouting focuses on the home and neighborhood. It helps Scouts strengthen connections to their local communities, which in turn supports their growth and development.
The Uniform - Cub Scout uniforms serve a dual purpose, demonstrating that a Scout is part of a team and showing individual achievement (Scouts wear the badges they’ve earned). Wearing the uniform to meetings and activities also encourages a neat appearance, and good behavior.