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About Cub Scouts

Who We Are

Proudly serving the Novato community since 1965, Cub Scout Pack 85 is chartered by the Presbyterian Church of Novato at 710 Wilson Avenue. We are part of the Marin Council of Scouts BSA.

Our Scouts

Pack 85 is open to boys and girls in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
The majority of our members attend Pleasant Valley, Olive, and Lu Sutton Elementary Schools, although we also have members from other schools as well.


Cub Scouts (BSA) is a family-centered, year-round program that teaches positive life skills, values, and attitudes. For more detailed information about how Cub Scouts is organized, click here

Scouting Ranks




First Grade


Second Grade


Third Grade


Fourth Grade


Fifth Grade


How is Pack 85 Organized?

Like all Cub Scout groups, Pack 85 is run by a group of parent volunteers. The two main leaders are the Cubmaster and Committee Chair, but there are many other volunteers important for helping the pack run smoothly.

How to Volunteer in Cub Scouting


What's a Pack?

The pack is the collection of all the scouts, dens, and parent volunteers. The pack holds monthly meetings during the school year. We organize activities for the entire pack, such as camping, hikes, outings, etc.

What's a Den?

Scouts are organized into dens by grade level. The Den Leader leads the scouts through the activities related to adventures for that rank level. On average, dens meet once a month during the school year. Scouts who attend the den meetings should complete all the activities to reach the next rank level by March each year.

What are Cub Scout Ranks?

Cub Scout activities are centered around earning badges that are specific to each school grade level. This badge represents a rank. Ranks are identified by their color of hat and neckerchief. The badge adventures are typically completed at the den level.

More Information

For more information about Cub Scouts, check out these links.

BSA Cub Scout Website

Marin Council BSA Website

Welcome New Cub Scout Family booklet

Español: ¡Bienvenidos! Nueva Familia Cub Scout

Aims and Methods of Cub Scouts

How to Volunteer in Cub Scouting

Cub Scouts and Pack 85 take youth protection very seriously. All scouts must complete the following Youth Protection exercises with their families each year.

Uniform and Insignia of the Cub Scouts 


The Scouts BSA has always been a uniformed body. The primary reason we wear the uniform is as a means of identifying ourselves openly with the principles to which we are committed-character development, citizenship training, and physical and mental fitness. Scouts must be in uniform during pack activities (ensures we are covered by BSA insurance). Scouts and parent leaders wear the full uniform (Class A) for Pack and den meetings and community service.

Pack 85 has a “class B” uniform (t-shirt) that can be worn in lieu of full uniform for more informal pack activities. Each new scout in Pack 85 will receive one Class B  t-shirt as part of their registration fees.

New uniforms can be purchased at the Marin Council Trading Post in San Rafael, or online at the BSA website. Used uniforms can sometimes be found on eBay, and the Pack has a hand-me-down bin with some items. Pack 85 requires the uniform shirt, patches, hat, neckerchief, slide and scout handbook. The costs at the Marin Council Trading Post can be found here:

For more information on Cub Scout uniforms and to purchase online, visit the BSA site:

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