A Few Facts
Pack 514 is chartered by The Lions Club of Discovery Bay and Pack 514 serves both boys and girls between Kindergarten and 5th Grade in the town of Discovery Bay as well as the East Contra Costa County area. We are connected with Troop 514, which serves boys and girls between 11-18 years old, and Venture Crew 514, which serves older youth ages 14-21. We also have a partnership with the Delta Community Presbyterian Church which allows us to use their building for meetings and events. Pack 514 is part of the Diablo Sunrise District within the Golden Gate Area Council.
After going into hibernation during the pandemic, Pack 514 is back up and running with a new set of parent volunteers and scouts. Our scouts come from all over Discovery Bay, with many located within The Lakes and Lakeshore community.
For more information, come visit us at one of our regular Pack meetings, held on the fourth Thursday of each month at DCPC from 6:00 - 7:00pm, or by email at email@example.com
Membership & FEES
We balance activities with advancement to create a fun and well-rounded program for our scouts. Activities are funded primarily through various fundraisers and annual dues. Additional funds are periodically received through donations from community service organizations. Dues (approx. $315/year for new scouts, $290/year for returning scouts) pay for council fees, handbook, neckerchief, neckerchief slide, advancement belt loops/pins/patches, and most activities. Pack 514 accepts cash, checks and payments made via Venmo. Scouts also fundraise to lower costs for special events they attend.
Parents are responsible for purchasing their Scout’s blue uniform shirt (or tan shirt if the Scout is in the 5th grade) and Pack 514 patch from a local Scout Store or online at the Official BSA Scout Shop. The closest Scout Store to Discovery Bay is located in Pleasant Hill.
pack Specifics & TIME COMMITMENT
The Pack consists of multiple Dens that are separated out by school grade. Pack meetings are held once a month, usually the fourth Thursday, and are led by the Cubmaster. Den meetings are held at least twice a month and are led by Den Leaders. So a scouting family is looking at 3 meetings a month. All meetings and events are listed on our pack calendar. The Cubmaster and Den Leaders are required by the Boy Scouts of America to be trained in youth protection and basic outdoor skills. All leadership positions in the Pack are filled by parent volunteers.
Pack 514 is all about having fun while following the Aims & Methods of Scouting within a supportive parent community.
Parent Community & VOLUNTEERING
The parents of Pack 514 Scouts are highly involved and supportive volunteers- some of the roles include serving as Pack leaders (Cubmaster, Den Leaders, Treasurer, Secretary) and on committees (Advancement, Recruiting, Pinewood Derby, and Blue & Gold). Parent participation is highly encouraged. All Adult Leaders undergo training to ensure that our program is in compliance with the national organization. The Scouts count on the parent community to enhance the whole scouting experience. When parents are actively engaged, their sons and daughters also tend to go further and get more out of the scouting experience. Our Parent Committee meets once a month, normally on the first or second Monday, for around an hour. If you want to know more, please email our committee chair, Jessica Arias.
Most communication is handled via email at the pack level and text messages at the den level. We will be rolling out communication soon via Scoutbook. Scoutbook is used to track advancements, send messages to Pack leaders and parents, plan events and track activities, and upload photos. Pack 514 also has a Facebook group you can join here.
The Pack meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Delta Community Presbyterian Church, located at 1900 Willow Lake Road in Discovery Bay, from 6:30-7:30pm. Depending on special events, the Pack may meet on another day. Please reach out to our email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to attending to confirm the date and time.
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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.