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Cub Scout Pack 901
(Evanston, Illinois)
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Welcome to our website!

This is the website for the Evanston Cub Scout Pack 901 in Evanston, Illinois.  We are a part of the Potawatomi District of the Northeast Illinois Council, Boy Scouts of America. If you are looking for:
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We proudly serve 1st through 5th grade boys and their families.
For more information, please contact us at or contact Cubmaster Chris Lowery at 224-766-1265.  You can also find us on Facebook under "Evanston Cub Scout Pack 901".

Non-Discrimination Policy

Pack 901 will not discriminate against anyone for any reason.  Our full Non-Discrimination Policy is listed in the tab just below this one.

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to everyone for your support of our Pack and for all of you who have taken time out of your very busy schedules to share your stories with us. 

Our hearts are with you all.

Fun With A Purpose

As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a person of worth, a self-reliant, dependable, and caring individual. Scouting has these same goals in mind for him. Since 1910, Scouting has been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, developing good citizenship, and enhancing physical fitness in youth.

These values help your son make good decisions throughout his lifetime and give him confidence as he becomes an adult leader of tomorrow.

With all the negative influences in today's society, Scouting provides your son with a positive peer group, a program that is fun and adventurous and helps him to "be prepared" to shape his own future.

Evanston Cub Scout Pack 901 Intro

Evanston Cub Scout Pack 901 (formally Pack 1) is Evanston's oldest Cub Scout Pack and is based out of Lincoln ElementarySchool. It is for boys in 1st thru 5th grades. We strive to be exciting, inclusive, and for the boys to have fun while learning things that they wouldn't learn from a typical extra-curricular activity. Our regular program runs during the school year, but we do have gatherings and outings during the summer. You can see all of our upcoming scheduled events under the "Upcoming Events" tab on the left.

This is a year-round program.  From September thru May, we typically have 1 Pack Meeting, 2 DenMeetings, and 1 field trip per month. We also have Service Projects and special field trips throughout the year.  From June thru August, we have a couple field trips or activities per month.

PackMeetings typically take place the 3rd Tuesday each month (September thru May) at Lincoln Elementary in Southeast Evanston. Pack Meetings are for the entire Pack (1st - 5th grade Scouts), and are led by the Cubmaster. Pack Meetings are an opportunity for the entire Pack to get together and learn new things while having fun. Recent Pack Meeting subjects have included meeting someone from another country, learning how people around the world celebrate, Ultimate Frisbee, tying knots, planting seeds, a visit by the Health Train,making paper airplanes, learning about cooperation through games, learning about preparing for emergencies, disabilities awareness, sling shot challenge, fire prevention with Smokey Bear, flag football, learning about crime prevention, a visit from the National Guard, Leave No Trace, Raingutter Regata, Pinewood Derby, Blue & Gold advancement celebration, Arrow of Light ceremony, and Webelos Crossover/OA Dancers celebration.

Den Meetings are scheduled by the individual Den and take place typically at Lincoln and local parks. Den Meetings are lead by the Den Leader and other volunteer parents. Den Meetings are an opportunity for individual ranks/grades to get together, complete various age-appropriate activities, earn awards, and work towards the next rank.  These meeting are planned from the content from that rank's Handbook.  You can get an idea of some of the various activities a Den might do by looking under their specific program page to the left.

Our Dens & schedule for the 2014 - 2015 school year are:
Tiger = 1st graders (Meetings TBD)
Wolf = 2nd graders (Meets some Tuesday evenings)
Bear = 3rd graders (Meetings TBD)
Webelos I= 4th & 5th graders - beginning (Meetings TBD)
Webelos II= 4th & 5th graders - advanced (Meets some Tuesday evenings)

Field Trips can before the entire Pack or the individual Dens. Field Trips are a way forScouts to get together, see new things, and learn new skills through interaction with the world around them. Field Trips may be required to earn certain awards and advance to the next rank.  Recent field trips have included trips to River Trails Nature Center, Evanston Fire Station #2,Dearborn Observatory, Lincoln Park Zoo, Dave’s Rock Shop Museum,Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Northfield Police Station, Brunswick Zone Niles, Chicago Botanic Garden, District Pinewood Derby at Golf Mill Mall, Cubmobile, Harlem Globetrotters, Evanston Ecology Center, Monster Jam, WNUR 89.3 FM, Medieval Times, & Northshore Sculpture Park.

Service Projects are away for Scouts to do something for someone else. It helps them learn about others’ needs. Recent Service Projects have included cleaning up litter from around the neighborhood, making cards and decorations for the residents of Sunrise Senior Living, Scouting for Food food pantry collection, collecting needed items for Connections for the Homeless, collecting holiday cards for service people, collecting Box Tops for Lincoln, having a rope bridge and free McGruff child fingerprinting at Lincoln's Family Fall Fest, collecting toys for needy children, compiling a list of local emergency services, and making a meal for local Firefighters.

We have a Pack campfire cookout each year at Lighthouse Beach.

We have a Pack camping trip and the end of each school year. There are also other camping opportunities throughout the year for Webelos I & II.  In 2014, we went to Galena for the U.S. Grant Pilgrimage in April. We are looking into adding additional camping opportunities and volunteers to head them up as well.  

We have special camps such as Boo Camp in the fall, Twilight Camp in the late spring, and various summer camps.  See the "Twilight Camp" and "BSA Camps" tabs on the left for more details. 

Cost:  There are yearly Pack dues, which are paid in two installments as well as Den dues.
The Pack dues for September-December 2014 are $80 per Scout. The dues are determined by the Pack Committee. Dues cover the $24 BSA registration fee, Pack Meeting supplies, one field trip per month, background checks for leaders, and basic awards.  Dues for January onward will be determined by the incoming leadership.
The Den dues are determined by the Den Leaders.
All dues can be reduced by participating in our annual Popcorn Fundraiser.  

Additional costs:  Uniforms, some awards, $12 annual Boy's Life Subscription, other awards, Cubmobile, camping, & some outings have fees associated with them. 

Handbooks are strongly recommended.  Some Dens may require them.

For Uniform & Handbook costs, see the "Uniforms & Handbooks" tab on the left.  For award costs, look under the following tabs to the left: Belt Loops & Pins, STEM Awards, BSA Family Award, & Other Scout Awards. Prices are listed under the description for each award.  Prices are made by the National office and are subject to change.

We have an annual Popcorn Fundraiser to offset the dues and are looking into new fundraising opportunities and people to head them up for this year as well.

If you would like to help with either of these fundraisers, please contact us.

Promotion: Pack 901 encourages our Scouts to cross over int o Boy Scouts and beyond. We also help Scouts to earn Arrow of Light, which is the highest rank in Cub Scouting. 
2014: 2 Scouts earned Arrow of Light.   2 Scouts crossed-over to Troop 3.
2013: 2 Scouts earned Arrow of Light.
2012: 1 Scout crossed-over to Troop 3.  2 Scouts earned Arrow of Light.

A little information about Pack 1:
  There used to be an Evanston Council, which was founded in 1916 and combined with the Evanston North Shore Area Council in 1969.  This Council then merged with the Oak Plain Council in 1971 and became the Northeast Illinois Council.  When the Councils merged, there was already a Pack 1, so our Pack 1 became Pack 901.  Most Evanston Units have a "90" in front of their original number for this reason.
Cub Scouts started in 1930, and we have met some families that have had Scouts in Pack 901 as early as the 1950's. Unfortunately, records were not passed down, including within the BSA, and we do not have the original charter date of our Pack, but we are actively seeking more information.  We do know that we have been with Lincoln Elementary for at least 60 years!!!

Help Wanted!

We are looking for a few good people!
Cub Scouts is not a program where you drop off your child and have other lead them.  All parents should be a part of the program. If you want your child to have a quality Scouting experience, make sure you are a part of it!

Open positions are:
Assistant Cubmaster (future Cubmaster) Helps with Pack Meetings, and will take over for the current Cubmaster.
Tiger Den Leader
- Runs 1st grade Den with the help of parents.
Assistant Den Leaders Helps Den Leaders lead 2nd - 5th grade boys
Fundraiser Coordinators - Assists with fundraisers.
STEM Counselor - Helps Scouts working on the basic STEM awards.
STEM Mentor - Helps Scouts working on the Supernova awards.
Volunteer Coordinator -
Helps find and organize volunteers.
Buyer -
Purchases necessary items.
Service Project Coordinator -
Coordinates service projects.
Camping Chair -
Coordinates all camping trips.
Activities Chair -
Coordinates field trips and other activities.
Pack Babysitter -
People that will watch Leaders' children so they can attend training.

You can find further details on some of these positions such as the amount of time involved, under the "Leader Training" tab to the left. 

All Adult Leaders have to take training and have a background check in order to work with ourScouts.    The required training can be taken online at (each training is approximately 30 minutes long).  Some training is also available in-person.  A Pack Trainer can administer some in-person training, and the Council also offers in-person training sessions.  You can find in-person training sessions for the Council on  To schedule a Pack Trainer session, contact us.
The required training is:
Youth Protection Training
This Is Scouting
Position-specific training, which depends on which position you would be doing.

We also need adults to assist with flyers, make phone calls, help set-up, tear-down, and other assorted activities.

If there is something you want to do and it isn't listed, tell us!

If you are interested in becoming an Adult Leader or Volunteer, please let us know by contacting Jill at or 224.616.8311.

Adult Leaders

Here are our current registered Adult Leaders, their positions, awards and ranks they have earned, and the training they have received. All of our registered Adult Leaders must submit to a criminal background check and must take training for their respective positions.  All Leaders must also take Youth Protection Training and renew it every 2 years in order to continue to work with our children.

Chris Lowery - Cubmaster, Webelos II Den Leader, Pack Committee Member, District Committee Member
Rank: Arrow of Light
Awards: Cubmaster, Messengers of Peace, Emergency Preparedness, Leave No Trace (Cub Scout)
, National Summertime Pack Award (2013), National Den Award (2013 & 2014) Journey Towards Excellence (Bronze 2011, Gold 2012 & 2013), Unit Leader Award of Merit (2013), Summertime Visibility Award (2012 & 2013)
Training: Youth Protection Training (10/10 & 10/12), Cubmaster, Webelos Den Leader, BALOO/WLO, Pack Committee, This is Scouting, Bear Den Leader, & Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster, CPR/AED (2/14), Scoutmaster Conferences, Special Needs Scouts, Putting the Pizazz in Cub Scouting, Youth Leadership Development, Climbing Wall 1 Certification.

Phil Pippenger - Pack Committee Chairman, District Committee Member
Awards: Unit Committee Service Award (2013)
Training: Youth Protection Training (12/11), Pack Committee, Webelos Den Leader, & This is Scouting

Jill Baker Oda - Chartered Organization Representative, Webelos I Den Leader, Pack Committee Member, Popcorn Kernel, STEM Counselor, Pack Trainer, Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Unit Commissioner
Awards: Scouter's Key, Messengers of Peace, Emergency Preparedness, Leave No Trace (Cub Scout), National Den Award (2013 & 2014), National Summertime Pack Award (2012 & 2013), Journey Towards Excellence (Bronze 2011, Gold 2012 & 2013), Unit Committee Service Award (2013), Summertime Visibility Award (2012 & 2013)
Training: Youth Protection Training (10/10 & 9/12), CPR/AED (10/13), Chartered Organization Representative, Webelos Den Leader, BALOO/WLO, Weather Hazards (1/14), Pack Committee, This is Scouting, Tiger Den Leader, Wolf Den Leader, Bear Den Leader, Scout Parent Unit Coordinator, Pack Trainer, Unit Commissioner, Physical Wellness, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, STEM, Webelos to Scout Transition, Special Needs, Trainer's EDGE (1/14), Pack Trainer In-Person, Roundtable Commissioner, & Unit Commissioner.
Courses Taught:
Monthly Cub Scout Roundtables, Cub Scout Outings, & Model Den Meeting

Nancy Bennett - Bear Den Leader
Awards: Messengers of Peace, National Den Award (2013)
Training: Youth Protection Training (11/12 & 5/14), This is Scouting, Pack Committee, Tiger Den Leader, & Wolf Den Leader

Lindsay Sheehan - Wolf Den Leader
Awards: Acorn Award (2013)
Training: Youth Protection Training (9/13), Tiger Den Leader

David Bennett - Pack Committee Member
Rank: Eagle Scout
Training: Youth Protection Training (10/10, 10/12, & 5/14), Bear Den Leader, Chartered Organization Rep. Fast Start, This is Scouting, & BALOO/WLO

Todd Clark - Pack Committee Member
Training: Youth Protection Training (5/14)

Orietta Ramos - Pack Committee Member, NEIC Press Corps
Awards: Messengers of Peace, Emergency Preparedness, National Den Award (2012, 2013, & 2014), Interpreter Strip - Spanish, National Summertime Pack Award (2013), Direct Leader Service Award (2013)
Training: Youth Protection Training (9/12), Weather Hazards (10/12), Safety Afloat, Trek Safely, Safe Swim Defense, This is Scouting, Climb On Safely, Wolf Den Leader, & Bear Den Leader, CPR/AED (2/14), Cub Scout Games, Planning the Webelos Program, Webelos to Scout Transition, & NEIC Press Corps.

Wilma Baker - Pack Committee Member
Training: Youth Protection Training (10/12 & 5/14), Scout Parent Unit Coordinator Fast Start, Pack Committee

Laurel Hemmer - Advancement Chair, Administrator, Pack Committee Member, Webelos Den Chief
Training: Youth Protection Training (3/14), Venturing Youth Protection Training (8/13), Weather Hazards (3/14), Safe Swim Defense (11/12), Venturing Leadership Skills Course (11/09), & Den Chief Training (11/13)

Egle Barbera - ScoutParents Unit Coordinator
Training: Youth Protection Training (11/12) & Scout Parent Unit Coordinator Fast Start (online)

Sallee Lowery - Pack Committee Member
Training: Youth Protection Training (10/12), Pack Committee, & Webelos Den Leader

We also have many unregistered adults who we couldn't live without!They complete all sorts of tasks that make our program work. 

Thank you to ALL our volunteers!

Cub Scouting's 12 Core Values

1. Citizenship: Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities.
2. Compassion: Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others.
3. Cooperation: Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal.
4. Courage: Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.
5. Faith*: Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God.
5. Health and Fitness: Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit.
7. Honesty: Telling the truth and being worthy of trust.
8. Perseverance: Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.
9. Positive Attitude: Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations.
10. Resourcefulness: Using human and other resources to their fullest.
11. Respect: Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.
12. Responsibility: Fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves.
*Please note that belief in God is meant to represent whatever your beliefs are. The BSA believes that faith - whatever that faith may be - is important to well-being.

Character Connections


Character development includes moral knowledge - both awareness and reasoning. For example, children must understand what honesty means; they also must be able to reason about and interpret each situation, and then decide how to apply the principles of honesty. do I think or know about the Core Value? does the context of the situation affect this Core Value? are some historical, literary, or religious examples representing the Core Value?

Character development includes attention to moral motivation. Children must be committed to doing what they know is right. They must be able to understand the perspectives of others to consider how others feel, and to develop an active moral conscience? is this Core Value important? makes living out this Core Value difficult? will it take to live out this Core Value?

Character development includes the development of moral habits through guided practice. Children need opportunities to practice the social and emotional skills necessary for doing what is right but difficult, and to experience the Core Values in their lives. can I act according to this Core Value? do I live out this Core Value? can I practice this value at school, at home, and with my friends?