About Us

Pack 781 Our Lady of Good Counsel Church

If you are a boy in first grade through fifth grade—or you're 6 to 10 years old—then Cub Scouting at Our Lady of Good Counsel is for you. It's for your family, too. This is the first and the biggest of the three Scouting programs offered at Our Lady of Good Counsel (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing).

Every Cub Scout is a member of a Cub Scout pack. Our pack averages around 35 boys. The pack is divided into smaller groups called dens. Each den has about six to eight boys. All of the Cub Scouts in a den are about the same age and generally live in the same neighborhood.

Cub Scout Pack 781 was charted in 1958 to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. The church makes sure our pack has good leaders (over 15 adult volunteers), a place to meet, and exciting things to do. During its nearly 59 year existence at OLGC, it has served to develop hundreds of young boys. The group gets help also from the Boy Scouts of America, which is part of Scouting around the world.

As a Cub Scout, you do your best and you help others. Our boys learn the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack. They also learn what they mean. The Cub Scout Promise I promise to do my best To do my duty to God and my country, To help other people, and To obey the Law of the Pack. The Law of the Pack The Cub Scout follows Akela. The Cub Scout helps the pack go. The pack helps the Cub Scout grow. The Cub Scout gives goodwill. Cub Scouting means "doing." You have lots to do as a Cub Scout—crafts, games, sports, songs, stories, and puzzles, to name a few things. Much of the fun happens right in the den and pack. The dens usually meet once a month and also plan an alternative “go see it” event, and the pack meets once a month all year long.

At den meetings and pack meetings, Cub Scouts do different things for fun and learning. Cub Scouts also go to events like the annual blue and gold banquet (Held every February to celebrate the birthday of Cub Scouting), field contests, and derbies such as the pinewood derby (Each year during the month of March). They go on field trips (Tiger Ball Game, Greenfield Village, and Detroit Shock Soccer). They go camping and have other kinds of outdoor adventures (Overnight campouts at D-A Scout Camp in Metamora). They take part in community events (Operation “Can-Do” and march in Plymouth parades). Cub Scouts do all sorts of exciting stuff! Whatever it is that you enjoy, you'll have a chance to do it in Cub Scouting. While you're having fun, you'll also be earning badges and awards. You'll work on projects with your parents or other adults in your family, and all of you will feel good about the things you accomplish. When you have earned a badge, you and an adult member of your family take part in a ceremony. The badge is given to the adult, and he or she then gives it to you in front of the whole pack. This is a way of saying "thank you" to your family for their help in earning your award.

The most popular awards for Cub Scouts are the advancement awards. Our boys do requirements to advance and earn their badges of rank: Tiger Cub, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and the Arrow of Light Award. The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouting. Webelos Scouts also earn activity badges. We enjoy a greater than 90% cross over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. Many of our boys stay in the Church units and progress to Troop 781.

The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program is popular, too. Cub Scouts get to learn about favorite subjects such as art, math, science, and citizenship. Or they play individual and team sports such as archery, gymnastics, skating, or soccer. You don't need to be a star athlete to play Cub Scout Sports. You're a winner when you do your best. Cub Scouts can earn many other awards and medals too, sometimes by themselves and sometimes as members of their pack. They can earn or help their pack earn Quality Unit awards, the Emergency Preparedness Award, the Outdoor Activity Award, or the World Conservation Award. Faith in God plays a very important role in our Pack. As a Cub Scout, our boys have the opportunity to earn religious awards for their specific faith. The Catholic Church recognizes two awards. The first is when they are a Wolf scout, the “Light of Christ” award and then as a Webelos, the “Parvuli Dei” award. Both awards are administrated by the Pack with the support of CYO (Catholic Youth Organization). The Protestant Faith awards the God and Me medal for Cub Scouts.

Our unit encourages boys of all faith to participate in their religious awards. Greater than 95% of our boys earn these awards! When you earn an award in Cub Scouting, you learn new skills. You also get to use your new skills and your new knowledge in projects and demonstrations. You show what you know. People get to see what you've learned as a Cub Scout. There is a reason for everything boys do in Cub Scouting. Apart from the fun and excitement, the aim of Cub Scouting is to help boys grow into good citizens who are strong in character and personally fit. This is why we say that Cub Scouting is fun with a purpose.

For additional information, send an email to joinscouts@plymouth781.mypack.us.

Brandon Henderson - Cubmaster, Pack 781