Cub Scout Pack 867 provides a year-round family program supporting the communities of Franconia and Kingstowne in Alexandria, Virginia. Most of our Scouts attend Franconia Elementary School and Bush Hill Elementary School, but several of our Scouts also attend other public schools, private schools, and home schools throughout Fairfax County. Any family with a boy in first through fifth grade, or 7 to 10 years of age, is welcome to attend any of our meetings and to join us at any time.
Pack 867 was established in October 1942 by the Franconia Elementary Parent Teacher Association. In October 1992, St. John’s Lutheran Church began sponsoring our pack to help select leaders, provide a place for meetings, and promote a good program. Since the very beginning, our pack has been dedicated to delivering a fun and educational program concerned with values. In addition to providing a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities, Pack 867 together with St. John’s Lutheran Church focus on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills, and developing a spirit of community service.
Cub Scouting is a family program. Each family participates in the program with their son and helps him along the way. The family is the basis of Cub Scouting. Cub Scouting exists to support the family and to help enrich family time together. Boys have a different handbook at each grade level, with suggested activities that are age-appropriate for their developmental level. As each boy advances through these books by working on activities with his family, he earns badges and other recognition that he wears on his uniform. Each boys’ success in Cub Scouting depends on his family.
The Cub Scouting program takes place at two levels. The first level is in a den. A den is a group of about six to eight boys in the same grade level who meet for an hour once a week to participate in fun and exciting activities that reinforce the values of Cub Scouting. This den structure gives boys opportunities to build relationships, develop leadership skills, and accomplish activities that would be difficult with a larger group. Some common activities in our den meetings include crafts, games, sports, skits, songs, storytelling, puzzles, field trips, and ceremonies.
The second level of the Cub Scouting program takes place in the pack. The pack is made up of each of our dens from first through fifth grade. On the last Tuesday of each month, each of our dens, with their families, come together for an hour at our monthly pack meeting. At these pack meetings, boys show off the new skills they have learned through Scouting, and we recognize them for the achievements they have accomplished. We have games, skits, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that boys earned during that month. This is where the entire family gets to share in the accomplishments of their Cub Scouts.
Our activities and events
Cub Scouting is an active program, and boys learn by doing. There is no end to the fun things that our Scouts do in their dens, as a pack, and at special events. We are a very active and energetic pack dedicated to providing many fun and exciting opportunities for Scouts and their families throughout the year. Some of our events and activities include:
- Outings and field trips. Throughout the year, our pack provides many opportunities for Scouts to participate in a variety of activities, such as field trips, hikes, nature and conservations experiences, and outdoor games. These excursions and field trips provide some of the most exciting parts of Cub Scouting.
- Cub Scout derbies. Three times each year, Scouts and their siblings have the opportunity to plan and design a small racing vehicle, work with a parent to build it, and then watch it perform in a race-day competition. Each of these derbies—the Pinewood Derby, Space Derby, and Raingutter Regatta—are designed to teach craft skills, rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship.
- Blue and Gold Banquet. In February each year, our pack families come together for an evening of fun and inspiration to celebrate the “birthday” of Cub Scouting.
- George Washington Day parade. In February each year, our Scouts have the opportunity to march together in a parade through Old Town Alexandria to celebrate Washington’s Birthday.
- Fairfax County bicycle rodeo. Each year our Scouts and their siblings have the opportunity to receive bicycle inspections, training, demonstrations, and safety instructions while participating in a bicycle rodeo sponsored by the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office Community Bike Team.
- Popcorn sales. Every year scouts and their families have the opportunity to help raise money for the pack by selling popcorn. The funds raised through popcorn sales are used to cover the operating costs of the pack, to buy Scout handbooks, to purchase subscriptions for Boy Life magazine, and to pay fees for summer camps.
- Service projects. Throughout the year, families have the opportunity to participate in food drives, conservation projects, and other service activities to benefit the local community.
- Pack family camping. Several times throughout the year, our pack provides families the opportunity to camp overnight at a local park to experience the outdoors in an enriching, positive, family-oriented setting.
- Potomac Nationals Scout Night. Each summer our pack goes to a Potomac Nationals baseball game in Woodbridge, Virginia. After the game, families have the opportunity to camp out overnight on the baseball field.
- Washington Nationals Scout Day. Each summer our pack goes to a Washington Nationals baseball game in Washington, DC. Before the game, Scouts are recognized for their fundraising efforts in support of Cub Scouting.
- Gunston Hall Day Camp. Every summer our younger Scouts, parents and siblings have the opportunity to participate in a week-long, theme-oriented day-camp program at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Day camp activities include BB gun instruction, archery, fishing, crafts, team sports, and nature studies.
- Camp Snyder summer camp. Every summer our Scouts, parents and Scout-aged siblings have the opportunity to participate in a weekend overnight camping program at Camp Snyder, located about 40 miles west of Alexandria in Haymarket, Virginia. Overnight camps build on the day camp experience with more emphasis on outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating.
- Goshen Scout Reservation summer camp. Every summer our older Scouts and parents have the opportunity to participate in a weeklong overnight camping program at Goshen Scout Reservation, located about 200 miles from Alexandria in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. In addition to the traditional shooting and aquatics activities, weeklong overnight camps emphasize the skills needed for Boy Scouting such as first aid, cooking, camping, and fire building.
- Webelos-Ree overnight camping. Each year our older Cub Scouts and their parents have the opportunity to participate in an overnight camping experience with a Boy Scout troop at a “Webelos-Ree.” The Webelos-Ree specifically focuses on developing the skills and knowledge to help our older Cub Scouts with their transition to Boy Scouting.
- Pack Family Heritage Celebration. In December each year, our pack families come together for the holiday season to celebrate the rich diversity of ethnicities, cultures, languages, and backgrounds of our pack members.
More about us
Cub Scout Pack 867 is part of the Colonial District in the National Capital Area Council. If you are interested in joining Pack 867, or if you would like more information about us, please feel free to attend any of our meetings or contact us for more information.