Monday, November 22, 2021

Pack Merger & Zoom Meeting Information

Greetings Pack 722,

As announced at the Pack Meeting, we have met with the leadership from Pack 712 for a discussion about merging both Cub Scout Packs of Wakefield. The reasons to consider merging are related to uneven rank numbers within Packs and parent leadership concerns in the future when Webelo and AOL cubs crossover in the future. As discussed, there are a list of pros and cons to the merger:

  1. Cons: 
    • All cubs will need a new application (combined Pack leadership will assist with this) 
    • It would be a large Pack, space could be an issue, but we will figure out where we will meet for next year. First Parrish is available (where the Troop meets), but we will be outside as well. 
    • People will need a new number on their uniforms (701) to match the New Pack 701. This number will unite the packs and be consistent with the Scouting Troop 701 once cubs cross over. 
  1. Upsides: 
    • Numbers will be more even between Den Ranks, 
    • There will be more programming opportunities with merged activities 
    • Combined parent leadership
    • Exposure to kids from other elementary schools which can help kids transition to the Galvin and Troop 701 in scouting. 
    • Increased continuity for Wakefield community
    • Financial benefits with more combined fundraising efforts.

More details: for the rest of this year, the Packs will each essentially do their own thing, but with a combined event or two such as the Pinewood Derby. We will likely charter together this year while meeting separately as Packs. In the spring we will start recruiting together as Pack 701 and finish transitioning into one large Pack for the 2022-2023 school year.  We will be able to include Pack 712 with the cool summer activities we participate in. We will communicate as needed about items related to the merger as things progress. Please let us know if there are questions or concerns about this information. We will be hosting a Zoom meeting after the Thanksgiving holiday for parent discussion in combination with Pack 712 leadership to provide more information. 

Topic: Parent Discussion for Pack 712/722 Merger 

Time: Nov 28, 2021 08:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 564 096 8693

Passcode: MBT

We hope to see you there and that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday together.

Yours in Scouting,

Pack 722 Leadership