Welcome to Cub Scout Pack 281!

We are Pack 281, in Gold River, CA, just east of Sacramento. Our Pack is chartered through the Gold River Discovery Center (GRDC) elementary school, and we have approximately 40 scouts and their families in our Pack. While many of our scouts attend Gold River Discovery Center, any boy or girl in grades K – 5 is welcome. We have a very active Pack, and pride ourselves on having a program that focuses on fun, respect, and family that influences the growth of the scouts into fine young citizens.

Pack 281 follows a ‘Scout year’ of September to June and upon nearing the end of the school term, all the scouts ‘cross over’ into the next rank. During the summer, Den meeting work on achievements may be suspended as the Pack will meet monthly at fun outings such as a day camp, resident camp, baseball game, Pack barbeque, etc.

In addition to the activities at Den and Pack meetings, Pack 281 will have a family camping trip, Pinewood Derby races, a Blue and Gold celebration, and much more that is just for us in the Pack. There are also District events, which unite us with hundreds of Scouts, and Council events where thousands of Scouts are in attendance. Your participation at these functions will definitely add to your child’s Scouting experience, but are not required. 


The purposes of Cub Scouting state that Parents, Leaders and Organizations work together to achieve the following:

  • Character Development
  • Good Citizenship
  • Family Understanding
  • Personal Achievement
  • Fun and Adventure
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Sportsmanship and Fitness
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Friendly Service
  • Preparation for Boy Scouts


The Boy Scouts of America is organized into Councils, which are divided into Districts. A chartered organization works with the District to start a Pack. Listed below is information pertaining to our Chartered Organization, District and Council. 


Our Chartered Organization

Gold River Discovery Center

2200 Roaring Camp Drive

Gold River, CA 95670

Phone: (916) 867-2109



Our District

American River District



Our Council

Golden Empire Council

251 Commerce Circle

Sacramento, CA 95815 

(916) 929-1417 or (800) 427-1417



***We invite any interested family to be a guest at our Pack meetings, which are typically held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, on the last Friday of each month, in the GRDC multipurpose room.***


For more information about our Pack, please Contact Us.