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Cub Scout Pack 1 mainly serves scouts in Vestavia Hills Elementary WEST (VHEW). However, all boys are welcome to join. Visit the "About Us" page to find out more information.

You can download the youth membership form and the adult membership form and bring it to the first pack meeting.

If you have any questions or want someone to call you, please visit the "Contact Us" page


New Website to replace 

We have upgraded from to a new Its a great time to switch since the there have been sweeping changes made to the cub scout program, including the advancements and achievements such as belt loops. We will not be using scouttrack anymore and all advancements and communications will be done thru If you have problems logging in, contact your den leader.


Changes to the Cub Scout program 2015-2016 

Cub Scouting will now have seven methods: Living the Ideals (which incorporates the former Making Character Connections method), Belonging to a Den, Using Advancement, Involving Family and Home, Participating in Activities, Serving Home and Neighborhood, and Wearing the Uniform.

All that’s really changing is how the ideals and advancement methods are implemented.

Updated requirements for each rnak is detailed here

Some more info here.

Updated Ideals
Cub Scouting has come a long way from the 1930s, when Cub Scouts pledged to be “square” (considered a good thing at the time!). Back then, the Cub Scout Promise simply read, “I, [name], promise to do my best to be square and to obey the Law of the Pack.” As part of the revised Cub Scout program, the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack have been retired, and boys will now learn the Scout Oath and Scout Law. This change emphasizes the unity of the Scouting movement and makes it a bit easier for Cub Scouting to live out Scouting’s mission and vision statements, both of which refer to the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The Cub Scout motto, sign, salute and handshake are not changing. 

New Program Model 

  • Rank Advancement Thru Adventures
  • For each rank, complete seven den-based adventures, including a family-based “Duty to God” adventure, to earn rank
  • Adventures = interdisciplinary, theme-based experiences, 3 den meetings
  • Immediate recognition after each adventure (TBD)
  • Elective adventures available; same recognition approach

There are now Seven Adventures required for Rank Advancement:

  • Belt loops for Tiger, Wolf, Bear (6 defined/1 elective)
  • Pins for Webelos and Arrow of Light (Webelos: 5 defined/2 elective; AOL: 4/3)

What's Changing

  • Ideals-related
  • Oath & Law
  • Advancement-related
  • Tiger Cub becomes Tiger with new image
  • Arrow of Light will no longer require earning Webelos
  • Activities – more active, more aligned with Aims/Mission
  • Advancement – simplified
  • Academics and Sports program retired
  • Current immediate/elective recognition devices replaced
  • One Den Leader Guide per rank

One Oath & Law - More changes

  • Adopting the Scout Oath and Law for use in the Cub Scout program
  • Retiring the Cub Scout Promise
  • Revise the Core Values of Cub Scouts to align exactly with the twelve points of the Scout Law.
  • Retire the Law of the Pack, while maintaining the concept of “Akela” as leader.
  • Maintain the current Cub Scout motto, sign, salute, and handshake. 

What's Not Changing

  • Five methods of seven Cub Scout methods remain the same
  • Family focus
  • Ages (or genders) 
  • Bobcat still first rank earned
  • Ranks or approach
  • Den/pack meeting structures 
  • Outdoor program
  • Delivery model
  • Fun – even more than before

What’s an Adventure?
Perhaps the most important word in the revised Cub Scout program is “adventure.” In Cub Scout terms, an adventure is a collection of themed, multidisciplinary activities representing enough engaging content for three den meetings and one pack meeting — about a month’s worth of programming, in other words.

The word “adventure” emphasizes that Cub Scout activities should be fun and should take boys places they’ve never been. The adventures focus on learning by doing instead of learning by listening. Requirements are full of words like build, play, go, find, demonstrate and discover, not words like discuss, learn and share.

The Tiger, Wolf and Bear books contain 19 adventures each, while the Webelos Handbook (which covers two years) contains 27. That means there will be plenty of material for year-round fun, even in the Arrow of Light year.

The Academics and Sports Program
Cub Scouts have been earning belt loops for individual and team sports since 1985 and for academic subjects since 1991, and it’s no doubt they enjoyed the bling. Often, however, earning belt loops detracted from the advancement program as some boys (and leaders) focused on easy belt loops over more challenging — and meaningful — achievements.

With the introduction of the new advancement program, the Academics and Sports Program has been retired. However, many of its best elements have been incorporated into the new adventures, and the new adventure loops ensure that boys’ belts will be as jangly as ever.


The old advancement program included a dizzying array of beads, badges, belt loops, arrow points, compass points and activity pins.

Now, each rank will follow the same format. To earn a rank, a boy must complete a mix of seven required and elective adventures.

New Cub Scouts will continue to earn the Bobcat badge before working on other requirements. To earn Bobcat, boys must learn about the Scout Oath and Scout Law and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto and salute; they must also complete the exercises described in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.

Boys receive an adventure loop (previously called belt loops) for each adventure at the Tiger, Wolf and Bear levels, and an adventure pin (worn on the Webelos colors or Webelos cap) for each adventure at the Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks. The recognition items for required adventures are full-color, while the ones for elective adventures are monochromatic. Once a boy completes seven adventures for a given rank, he receives the pocket patch.

To maintain consistency across ranks, boys entering the program in the fifth grade no longer must earn the Webelos badge as a prerequisite for Arrow of Light.



Posted on May 6 2015 - 8:20am

In order for scouts to use VHUMC vans, approved drivers must attend a short orientation/training session (approx 20 minutes). The church has scheduled a van training session on Tuesday, May 19th at 4:30 and 5:30.  Please E-mail Melinda Burnett  at VHUMC ( if you plan to attend either session. This will likely be the only training session before Cub Scout Day Camp.   If no one signs up for a given session, there will no one there at that time to train, so make sure you sign up. If you have any questions, please call Melinda Burnett at VHUMC 205-769-0115.


Posted on Apr 8 2015 - 10:55am

Cub Scout Day Camp



June 15-19, 2015 Oak Mountain State Park Wolf, Bear and Webelos I: 8:30 – 3:30pm Webelos II Twilight Camp: 4:30 – 8:30pm

$75 if registered on or before May 18*

$100 if registered after May 19

*5-day den leaders will receive a $30 tuition refund on the last day of camp.

Vulcan District Cubmobile Derby

Posted on Mar 9 2015 - 9:52pm

2015 Vulcan District Cubmobile Derby Saturday, March 21 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Cost: $5.00 advance; $10.00 on-site Bluff Park United Methodist Church Parking Lot (Valley Rd. in Hoover)

BALOO Training

Posted on Feb 28 2015 - 12:09pm

Mar 7 2015 from 9:00am - 5:00pm at Shades Valley Lutheran Church.

BALOO is Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It introduces Cub Scout leaders to pack overnight camping. Why do I need BALOO? Packs may hold overnight campouts, but at least one adult leading the outing must be BALOO trained. (Guide to Safe Scouting). You do NOT have to be a registered leader to attend… just interested in giving your Cub Scouts a great campout experience. Come learn better ways to prepare for a fun and safe outing that everyone (including YOU) will enjoy! Goto for more information and to register. 

Blue and Gold Banquet

Posted on Feb 28 2015 - 12:04pm

Please join us on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for the Annual Pack One Blue and Gold Banquet. We will have dinner and an exciting program with rank recognitions and crossover ceremony for the Webelos II scouts. Dinner will be chicken fingers, Mac-n-cheese and green beans. $6 per person. You can pay online or at the door. We need a head count for food. Please go to this link to register.      

Vulcan District Pinewood Derby

Posted on Feb 22 2015 - 9:04pm

Saturday, March 7, 2015, Vestavia Hills UMC, Fellowship Hall

Registration and weigh-in 11am-12pm

Racing begins at 12 noon.

This competition is open to all cubs scouts regardless of your place in the Pack 1 Derby. You do not have to be present to race. Competitors wishing to participate in the Greater Alabama Council Derby must qualify via the Vulcan District Derby. For more details, click on the link below: