Welcome to Cub Scout Pack 497! We are in the Challenger District of the Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Our sponsor is the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Port Saint John. Boy Scout Troop 497, for boys ages 11 - 18, and Venture Crew 497, for boys and girls ages 14 - 20, are also sponsored by FUMC.
Our Pack is is divided into small groups of about eight boys called dens. Dens are organized by ranks which generally correspond with a boy's grade and age, including Tigers (1st Grade), Wolves (2nd Grade), Bears (3rd Grade) and Webelos (4th and 5th Graders). The Pack includes not only the boys in those dens, but also their families, and their leaders. The Pack meets once a month with Cub Scouts, leaders, parents and other family members attending. Pack meetings provide an opportunity to recognize the boys achievements.
Each den meets weekly or bi-weekly under the direction of trained adult volunteers called Den Leaders, and sometimes a Boy Scout Den Chief. The den meeting allows the boys to to get to know each other, participate in activities that would be difficult in a larger group and gives them leadership opportunities as they help teach each other. Den meeting activities include games, handicrafts, hikes and other outdoor fun, practicing skits or songs in preparation for the next Pack meeting, working on required activities for rank advancement and taking part in simple ceremonies.