Cub Scout Pack 285 was originally
chartered in February 1987 by the Zion Lutheran Church of Tipp City.
At that time Boy Scout Troop #285 was in need of a Cub Scout Pack to
help maintain its membership. The Troop eventually disappeared due to
lack of leadership, but the pack remained. When the pack was first started
it had only a handful of scouts. Through the years, membership within
the pack has gone up and down. In 1998 membership started to increase
dramatically and by 1999, Pack 285 was the largest Cub Scout pack in
the Miami District. Due to the
effectiveness of its leadership, parental volunteers and program they
provide to the boys, Pack 285 continues to be a positive Scouting
force in Tipp City with membership over 50 Cub Scouts and registered
adult leaders as we move into the 2009 - 2010 charter year.
In February 2001, Pack 285’s committee started exploring the possibility
of re-starting the Boy Scout troop to maintain the philosophy of Scouting in
the boys after they crossed over from Cub Scouts. After many careful hours
of research and intense consideration, the entire leadership of the pack voted
to move the charter to the American Legion Post #586 and affiliate with Boy
Scout Troop #586 which was still a young troop of only three years. The
American Legion committee allowed the pack to keep the number 285 due to the
fact we had just celebrated our fifteen year anniversary and they felt that
the tenure was more important than the number.
The future looks bright for Pack 285 and Troop
586 as they grow together to become a Scouting tradition in Tipp City.
Many of the pack leaders have become leaders, committee members and merit badge
counselors for the troop to help continue the philosophy of Scouting as the
boys’ transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. The pack and the troop
together are committed to ensure that boys involved continue to develop the
values, morals, and character, Scouting provides.