Cub Scouts Pack 630. Serving Essex Junction, Essex Town, Westford & surrounding communities in Chittenden County Vermont.

About Vermont's Cub Scouts Pack 630

Cub Scout Pack 630 is chartered by the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction (FCCEJ) and serves primarily scouts in the combined Essex Junction, Essex Town and Westford School District, although we do have scouts from other surrounding communities as well.

We strive to teach boys from Kindergarten through 5th grades the values and skills of scouting through a fun program of activities and events focused on developing character, building citizenship, physical activity and outdoorsmanship.

How Does the Pack Work?

Each grade level is organized into a Den that meets usually once a month at a time decided by the Den Leader and the families in the Den. Usually Den meetings focus on completing the advancement requirement adventures for each rank badge:

  • Kindergateners = Lions
  • 1st Graders = Tigers
  • 2nd Graders = Wolves
  • 3rd Graders = Bears
  • 4th Graders = Webelos (short for We’ll Be Loyal Scouts)
  • 5th Graders = Arrows of Light

Every scout starts by earning the Bobcat badge. During each year, scouts in the Den work on a series of adventures to earn their current rank badge. Scouts cannot go back and work on previous year’s rank because the requirements for each rank are not consistent with an older scouts level of ability. In addition to earning rank badges, Scouts can earn a number of additional awards each year.

 

How Often Do Scouts Meet?

Den Meetings

Our Dens generally meet once a month at a time mutually agreed upon by the families involved. Each Den meeting focuses on completing a new Cub Scout adventure. The activities required for each adventure can include things like games, sports, STEM projects, arts, crafts, outdoors skills and citizenship to name just a few. Boys are awarded belt loops or pins at the completion of each adventure on the way to earning their rank badges.

Each Den is led by parent volunteers known as Den Leaders and Assistant Den Leaders. All Den Leaders receive position specific training as well as youth protection training from the Boy Scouts of America. Our leaders are committed to delivering an exciting and fun program to our scouts that builds character, teaches citizenship, and develops personal fitness and skills.

Pack Meetings

We host monthly Pack meetings, usually on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30pm at the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction. At these meetings all of the dens gather together to learn, share, and have fun. The Pack also usually plans one or two outings a month (hikes, service projects, overnight trips to museums, camping for the older boys, climbing, etc.). We also conduct an annual Pinewood Derby where boys build and race simple gravity driven cars.

What Do Scouts Do Together?

The Cub Scout program is based around activities and events that are designed to teach skills and develop character. Each year we provide many opportunities for boys to engage in different types of activities and events. Below is a sampling of some of our past events.

  • Camping & Hiking
  • Community Service Projects
  • Summer Camps
  • Raingutter Regatta
  • Pinewood Derby & Space Derby
  • Fishing & Astronomy
  • Rock Climbing & Swimming
  • Environmental Conservation Projects
  • Local Sporting Events – UVM, Lake Monsters, etc.
  • Meetings with Local Police and Fire Departments
  • Overnights at Fairbanks Museum, Montshire Museum & Battleship Cove

Who Are the Leaders of Pack 630?

Our pack is entirely run by volunteers who are dedicated to providing an exceptional Scouting experience to all boys in the Pack. All leaders receive training from the Boy Scouts of America specific to their position and covering youth protection and safe scouting.

Pack Leadership

  • Committee Chair – Carmelle Terborgh
  • Treasurer – Michelle Lewis
  • Cubmaster – Peter Pelaia
  • Assistant Cubmaster – Nick Dennis
  • Membership Chair – John Terborgh
  • Public Relations Chair – Ariela Pelaia
  • Popcorn Kernel – Jason DiRosa
  • Chartered Organization Representative – Kevin McCullen

Den Leaders

  • Lion Den (Kindergarten) – Jeffrey Bouffard
  • Tiger Den (1st Grade) – Recruiting for 2017-2018
  • Wolf Den (2nd Grade) – Peter Pelaia
  • Bear Den (3rd Grade) – Dan Tifft
  • Webelos Den (4th Grade) – Brian Edwards
  • Arrow of Light Den (5th Grade) – Jason DiRosa

Scoutbook

Pack 630 uses the Scoutbook software provided by the Boy Scouts of America to track Scout advancement, participation and awards. Scoutbook is also used as the Pack calendar to keep everyone aware of upcoming events.

Upon becoming a member of the Pack parents are given access to the Pack’s Scoutbook account and to their child’s online Scouting record. If you need assistance logging into Scoutbook please contact the Pack Cubmaster.