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Cub Scouts

​St. Joseph's Cub Scout Pack 17 Information


1. Program for boys and girls in grades K through 5

2. Builds Character

3. Teaches Citizenship

4. Strengthens Families

5. Tons of FUN!


1. Bring the family together

2. Help the boys develop

3. Connect with others

4. Learn to get along

5. Build self-confidence

6. Be happy!


1. FUN!

2. Make new friends

3. Master new skills

4. Recognition and praise

5. FUN!


1. Family Camping

2. Day Camp

3. Overnight Summer Camp

4. Hiking, Fishing, Indian Lore, and Crafts


1. Den Meetings – Small groups organized by grade

2. Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guides

3. Pack Meetings & Activities – Family Events combining all dens

4. Boy's Life – Scouting magazine just for kids

5. District & Council Events – Community-wide activities


Brandi Harris @ 515-803-0987 or Randy Morrison @ 515-991-2015
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Angel for a Day

​We are a group of girls from Dowling Catholic High School who come to St. Joseph's school once a month to mentor and walk work with all 3rd and 4th grade girls. Our mission is to present once of the Catholic Virtues each month, through Bible stories, activities, movies, game and crafts. We will also be doing service activity in the Spring.

For information please contact our school office.

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Chess Club

The St. Joseph Chess Club meets after school on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:15.

The coach is Jose Gatica who can be reached at
jose.gatica@gmail.com or at 913-375-8296.

There are two semesters each year, Fall (September - December) and Spring (January - May),
registration for each being $75. Up to 20 students are accepted, and late entries (with a prorated registration fee) are accepted as long as there is still space in the club. The club features instruction in tactical tricks, strategies, endgames and openings, with plenty of time for several games each session. Jose also runs chess tournaments at the St. Joseph School, the next one being on May 5th. Jose has been teaching chess for the last 7 years and is currently the Chess Champion of Iowa.

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Bells & Chimes

Rainbow Ringers

​This is the youngest musical ensemble made of kindergarten-2nd graders. Students in this group play colored one-octave melody bells with selected students playing hand chimes. It is quite remarkable to see members of this group mature. A kindergartener will start out not knowing how to follow the music so he/she watches the director to point at him/her. Left and right hands are also an issue. After growing two years, in 2nd grade, the student will be able to follow the music well and be a terrific leader for the younger members of the group. The music this group performs is easy one-page arrangements of folk songs or hymns. This group has two openings. If interested in joining, please call the school at 266-3433.

Heavenly Chimes

This ensemble is 3rd-8th grades. Each student is assigned two chimes to play independently from anyone else in the group. The music this group performs is arrangements of well-known church anthems. Students learn how to read music well and they learn certain ringing techniques to enhance the sound of the ensemble. This group has only one opening. If interested in joining, please call the school at 266-3433.

Band - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)
Bells - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)
Piano - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)

2 Activities - $50.00 per month ($225.00 per semester, $450 for whole year)

All 3 Activities - $70.00 per month ($315.00 per semester, $630.00 for whole year)

1 additional sibling – 25% discount * 2 additional siblings – 50% * 3 additional siblings – 75% discount

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District Contact

Phone: 515-266-3433
Fax: 515-266-2860
2107 E. 33rd St
Des Moines IA 50317