Pack 43 FAQ

Welcome to Princeton Cub Scout Pack 43!

We’re looking for boys and girls who want to have fun and learn new things. We’re looking for new scouts!

Cub Scouting is for the whole family.

In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.

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: citizenship, character, personal fitness, and leadership. 

The methods of Cub Scouting are: living the ideals, belonging to a den, advancement, family involvement, activities, serving the community, and the uniform.

What do cub scouts do?

  • Learn skills like taking care of the planet, how to survive in the wilderness, team sports, safety, putting on skits, what to do in an emergency
  • Earn awards and recognition for the skills they learn
  • Take field trips, like camping & sleepovers
  • Help our community through volunteer activities
  • Make friends and be part of a team through Den and Pack meetings
  • Do cool stuff at home with their parent(s) 

What will scouts do in Pack 43?

Here is just a sample of some of the fun activities Pack 43 does each year.
  • Pinewood Derby - Scouts design, build, paint, and race wooden cars for trophies and awards
  • Campouts – One in the fall, one in the spring. Overnight camping for scouts and their parents: tents, hiking, campfire stories & s’mores
  • Camp "ins" - An overnight trip in the winter to a museum like the Franklin Institute, Liberty Science Center, or the Battleship New Jersey
  • Blue and Gold Dinner – Family dinner celebrates scouts earning their ranks and crossing over to Scouts BSA
  • Memorial Day Parade – The entire Pack marches with pride in uniform down Nassau St.
  • Holiday Dessert Night - Dens prepare desserts to be shared with the pack

Take a look at our Media Gallery for photos of Pack 43 in action over the years!

How does it work?

  • Cub Scouts belong to a Den of 4 to 8 boys or girls in the same grade.
  • Dens meet once a month to work toward the achievements and awards.
  • All the Dens come together for a Pack meeting or special activity once a month.
  • Parents have fun by volunteering as either Den Leaders, to assist the Den Leader, and/or to assist in a Pack Activity during the year.
  • Cub Scoutsand parents work together at home on other activities and achievements.

Who is in Cub Scout Pack 43?

Pack 43 is open to all youth in grades K through 5 attending Princeton-area public, private, and parochial schools. Dens are organized in the following ranks:
  • Kindergarten - Lion
  • First Graders - Tiger
  • Second Graders - Wolf
  • Third Graders - Bear
  • Fourth and Fifth Graders - Webelos
Ranks are not prerequisite of each other. A scout's rank is determined by their grade. You do not have to have completed one rank to become the next and you do not have to complete any ranks you missed before joining.

How much does it cost?

The registration fee for a full year is $80/scout which includes a scout handbook, pack t-shirt, registration fees with the national Boy Scouts of America, a subscription to Boy's Life magazine, a Pinewood Derby Car Kit, and more. Your scout will also need to purchase uniform

How does my youth join Pack 43?

  • New scouts can join Cub Scouting at any point during the year. Scouts who join at the end of a school year are eligible to register for Cub Scout summer day camp.
  • Rising Kindergartners who will be 5 years old by Sep 30 can register as early as the June 1 before they start Kindergarten and are then eligible to attend Cub Scout Day Camp.
  • Please contact our Cubmaster Heath Dewrell for more information.