A Pack is for youth in Kindergarten through 5th Grade.
The Pack is divided into Dens which correspond with grade levels. The Dens are led by adult Den Leaders.
Once per month, the Pack meets as a group at a Pack Meeting. These meetings are planned by the adult leaders of the Pack called the Pack Committee.
A Troop is for youth 11 to 18 years of age, having finished the 5th grade or 101/2 and have received the Arrow of Light Award, Cub Scouts highest rank.
The Troop is led by scouts that are elected to be Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader under the supervision and guidance of the Scoutmaster and other trusted adults. The Troop is then divided into Patrols which are led by Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders who are elected from within the Patrol.
A Troop camps every month. The campouts are planned by the scouts with some help and guidance from the adults.
The Pack meets monthly (Dens meet weekly or bi-weekly) on a date and time determined by the Pack Committee. Unless otherwise noted, siblings are welcome to participate at Pack Meetings. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to attend.
A typical Pack Meeting includes: Opening and Announcements, game or activity, badge requirements, and closing.
Troop 318 meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Scout Cabin adjacent to the basketball courts at College Park just off the Lafayette Regional Hospital parking lot.
A typical Troop Meeting includes: Opening and announcements, Board of Reviews and Scoutmaster conferences for rank advancement, patrol planning meetings, rank advancement requirements, merit badge requirements, Scout skills, and closing
Each member of the Pack and Troop, youth and adult, must register with the Boy Scouts of America. This can be done in paper form or online through the www.beascout.org website. Adult leaders must complete Youth Protection Training every two years as well as other position specific training. Each year, each person's registration must be renewed. This process is called "recharter" and is handled by the Pack and Troop committees for each unit. Fees for recharter are usually collected before October and will be announced as much in advance as possible.
I'm in Kindergarten - 5th Grade
I'm in 6th grade or higher
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
Mentally awake and morally straight.
A Scout is:
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
Do a Good Turn Daily!
Be clean in my outdoor manners
Be careful with fire
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Be conservation minded