Most packs fall into one of two categories:
Once-a-Month-Together Packs. Once-a-month-together packs have den meeting schedules and locations which are independent of each other. A Webelos den may meet every Monday afternoon from 4-5 p.m. at the den leader’s house while a Wolf den meets every Thursday evening from 6-7 p.m. at a nearby school. Generally, the only time they all meet together is at the monthly pack meeting which is the same evening and location each month (e.g., the last Monday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at a nearby church).
Every-Week-Together Packs. Every-week-together packs have den meetings at the same time and same location each week (e.g., every Monday from 6-7 p.m. at a school or church). The pack meeting is held once a month at the same time and location as the den meetings. During den meeting weeks, each den meets either in a separate room or in separate areas of a large room (e.g., a cafeteria).
When I was a Cub Scout in the early 1970’s, most packs were once-a-month-together packs. Dens were run by den mothers who usually held den meetings in their homes after school. Most of the time, boys from different dens would not see each other until the monthly pack meeting.
Today, most well-functioning packs in my area are every-week-together packs.
Here are some reasons why packs may choose to meet at the same time and location each week:
- Cub Family Convenience–Many families are very busy these days. There may be multiple siblings each with their own set of activities throughout the week. Having Cub Scouts at the same time each week can make life less complicated for a lot of families.
- Leader Convenience–Cub leaders are often lead very busy lives. They frequently are also volunteers for other organizations and have their own children’s needs to balance as well. Every-week-together packs can be less demanding on a volunteer’s schedule.
- Leader Communication–One of the most common problems that packs confront is poor leader communication and coordination. Having all of a pack’s leaders at the same location each week can help leaders stay in touch with each other and know what is going on.
- Coordinated Event Opportunities–If all dens meet at the same time and same day of the week, it can be easier to have a coordinated pack event such as a special activity day, derby, or field trip since it can be scheduled during the pack’s regular weekly meeting time.