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Cub Scout Pack 566
(Saratoga/Cupertino, California)
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Cub Scout Pack 566: Saratoga/Cupertino/San Jose,CA


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Bringing Excellence in Scouting to youth and families for over 50 years.  

Cub Scouts is now open to both boys and girls.

Pack 566 has been rated TOP QUALITY LEVEL of Cub Scouting at the end of 2018.

Serving Saratoga, Cupertino, and neighboring San Jose & Los Gatos

Pack Meetings held at

Menlo Church, Saratoga Campus

20455 Herriman Ave, Saratoga, CA

NOW is the perfect time for your grade K-5 children to join Cub Scouts

Some Upcoming Events (visit any as Guest except overnights)

Thursday, Mar 14th Pack Meeting, 7:25 - 8:30pm.  Menlo Church Saratoga.  Guests Invited. 

Some Recent Events

Jan 5-6th,  2019 - Pack 566 Individual Den Meetings. A good use of a cold & rainy weekend.

Pack 566 Tigers (first graders)
Build Birdhouses for homeless birds.
Pack 566 Wolves (2nd graders)
Learned some communications skills including sign language.
Pack 566 Bears (3rd graders)
Learned woodworking skills. Measure twice,
cut once! . They used their new sawing, drilling,
and screwing skills to built this Cubmobile for
a future Pack wide race.
Webelos I (fourth graders)
Built and filled a time capsule. They will re-unite
in 7 years to open it.

Pack 566 Webelos II (5th graders)
Worked on learning knots. They were a bit
naughty as they were having so much fun
they forgot to take a picture.

Dec 15th,  2018 - Pack 566 Webelos Den and Siblings visit the local Fire Station.

Pack 566 Webelos I Den (4th Graders), Siblings,
and their Den Chief Advisor ( A Scout from
Troop 566). Parents not shown but there too.
Cubs learn about the life of
a fireman.
Cubs tour each part of the
firehouse and learn fire
Every part of the fire engine
is gone over in detail.
The pump is the heart of the
fire engine.


Dec 13th,  2018 - Pack 566 Monthly Pack Meeting.

Pack Meeting. Rotated representative from each grade
gets up and tells everyone what they did
last month. Public speaking makes
future leaders.
Cubs are recognized for things they did,
accomplished, or learned since the
previous's months pack meeting

Cubs and Visitors assemble
Homeless Kits
Contents so far Cubs write a personal note for
each Kit

Cubs and Visitors create a craft to be used
as a gift.
Parents and leaders always jump in
to help as needed.
This craft originates from the
Ojo de Dios (Eye of God) cultural
symbol made by the Huichol
Indians of Mexico. The four
points represent earth, fire,
air, and water, and provided
God's watchful eye over their

Dec 8th,  2018 - Pack 566 Pinewood Derby Car Building Clinic.

Each Cub builds a 7 inch wooden race car to race in January's Big race.  Fast 2 cars advance to next level.
 Build Table, Side Sanding Table, Routing-Drilling Table,
Coping Saw, Bandsaw (Not shown are check-in, planning/design, sanding, and snack tables)

Nov 17th,  2018 - Pack 566 Overnight on World War II Submarine postponed for poor Air Quality.

So we had an exciting trip planned for November 2018.  The Pack was staying overnight on a World War II Submarine located in San Francisco.  With California's largest wild fire burning out of control around Paradise in Northern California the Northern part of the state set records for poor air quality going way past unhealthy to with in a few points of Hazardous.  We had to postpone this trip 2 days in advance. A consolation patch was made to help with our disappointment.  The next day San Francisco Cable Cars shut down, schools were closed, and over the weekend most other events shut down.  Luckily a storm came the next week which not only helped fight the fire but clean the air as well.

Our patch shows the Akeila (The wolf who leads Cubs Scouts) wearing his H95 mask saying we can't go.   Notice you can barely see the submarine through the dirty air while standing next to it on the dock.  Our patch documents the record Air Quality Index  (AQI) of 271.  All those who were signed up to go got this patch and a dibs on the next available slot in Spring of 2019.


Nov 11th - 17th,  2018 - Pack 566 Collects non perishable food door to door for those in need.

A Patch was made for those who participated!


Oct 20/21, 2018 - Pack Fall Camping Trip. Hike to Peak, Cub Cooking, Cub Skills, Night hike, 30" Telescope and Astronomy

Cub Outdoor Classes, Hike to Summit 
360 view from the top.
Cubs prepare dinner/breakfast food for 60+ people
Cubs help cook. Small teams of cubs mix and bake 6 two-layer cakes for a birthday party after the night hike to the Observatory.

WOW! PACK 566 is an official EARLY ADOPTER of FAMILY CUB SCOUTING (Boys and Girls welcome!!!)

Cub Scouts has always been a family affair. In pack 566 of old many sisters have participated in the program, less the formal awards. Siblings have their own racing division in the Cub Scout Derbies (Pinewood, Raingutter). BSA has taken another step forward in opening membership. We applaud this as the program is wonderful and can easily serve all youth. Although the initial design is for separate female dens we can easily see coed dens. Pack 566 is an official EARLY ADOPTER of FAMILY CUB SCOUTING and now accept all youth.

What is Cub Scouting?

Cub Scouts is part of Boy Scouts of America, one of the largest youth organizations in the United States.  
Cub Scouts now serves boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade* Pack 566 is an official FAMILY CUB PACK so both Boys and Girls are welcome to share the fun equally.
* Note that the Cub Scout grade level is such that you advance the day after school gets out (early June) to the next grade level.
On Oct 11th, 2017 BSA announced that girls will be invited to join the Scouting adventure starting with Cub Scouts and advancing through all the way to Eagle Scout*.
Older siblings can join Troop or Crew 566. the Scouting Troop program serving boys (girls in Feb 2019) aged 11 to 18. The Crew serves boys and girls aged 14 to 21. Unlike other youth activities lasting just a few months each year, participation in Scouting can be ongoing through adulthood providing experiences, friends, and fun.

LIONS - The  Kindergarten Program

Pack 566 was a charter member of the Lion Kindergarten program. Now after 3 years it is now mainstream Cub Scouts.. Pack 566 is proud to offer the Lion program to Saratoga / Cupertino/West San Jose and surrounding area families. Kindergarten is an exciting time for both youth and parents. Boys move from home centered activities into the public world. Mom and Dad meet many more families in the neighborhood and expand their participation in the community. LION and Cub Scouting can help with this transition providing a safe, consistent, and fun environment outside of school. Boys and parents participate together in the program. Unlike most other activities, participation in Scouting can continue through to adulthood. The LION program takes only a few hours each month and has very reasonable costs.  Click on the "More Lion Info" link under the Lion in the left margin for more information.

What do Cub Scouts Do?

Cub Scouts have fun with other kids! We play sports, build things like race cars, space rockets, tool boxes, and miniature catapults. We play games and have contests. We perform skits, sing songs, and tell jokes. We explore our community by taking field trips to local places. We perform service in our community. We go on overnight trips that the general public does not have access to do like staying overnight on a submarine or an air craft carrier. We have summer day camps and weekend camping trips. We have fun all year long for many years. Check out links in the left margin.

Where do our members live?

Our Pack is spread in the triangle formed by HW280, Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road (aka DeAnza) and Saratoga Ave and surrounding areas. 

Why parents should have their children join Pack 566!

It will be great fun and a positive experience. Den and Pack activities are something to look forward to providing a happy place outside of the pressures of school. Cub Scouts will give your children a head start in life. They will have a core group of local friends with whom they can participate in terrific activities in a safe and supervised environment. They will keep these friends for many years to come. Their social skills will improve and they will learn to be a team player as well as a team leader. Their exposure to foods, cultures, ideas, and more will widen. Respect will be given and received. Your children will be introduced to much more of life as the experience of the group usually exceeds that of an individual parent's knowledge, comfort base, or time commitment allows. Cub Scouts can serve as the "village" that will contribute to your children's growth.

Why Parents should be involved!

There are no paid positions in a Cub Scout Pack. We are all volunteers, mostly serving our own children at the same time. Parents benefit from the adult social experience as you meet many other local parents. Be young again as you work with children. Use your specific knowledge and life experience to teach children in an informal setting. Make the Pack and the community as a whole better with your involvement as others do the same for your children.

Use the menu on the left to learn more about Pack 566 

Icon File Name Comment  
P566 Recruitment Newsletter Summer 2018.pdf Six Page Recruitment Newsletter  
Pack 566 Peachjar 2018-08-13 FINAL.pdf 2 Page Flyer. Join Anytime but has Aug 24th,2018 Discount / Info / Join Night