Crop of Cub Scouts harvests their pumpkin decorating skills

SARANAC The theme of Octobers Saranac Cub Scout Pack 35 meeting was Harvest Time Down on the Farm. True to the purpose of Scouting, the evening focused on educational and character developing activities. Because it was the first group meeting of the year, and there were 12 new Tiger Scouts, Scoutmaster Dr. Stan Hatch instructed the Scouts to each introduce themselves and say the name of their favorite vegetable. Introductions were followed by games that focused on the nights theme. All the while, the Scouts were being watched by an audience of vegetables a long-line of decorated pumpkin faces sitting on tables along one side of the Saranac Town Hall meeting room. The pumpkins were part of the evenings culminating event, the judging of the decorated pumpkins. After the games, Tiger Den Leader Kim Prew, Wolf Den Leader Rafael Rivera, Bear Den Leader Dan Shadrick, and Dr. Hatch, who also serves as Webelo Den Leader, recognized the summer accomplishments of their Scouts. Scouts received patches for a variety of activities such as sports and academic accomplishments, camping, educational field trips, and community service. Scouts were reminded of the community outreach for the upcoming month, a Scout food drive to stock the Saranac Food Shelf. Finally, the moment the Scouts were waiting for arrived, as each were presented with superlative awards from the pumpkin judges, almost as creative as the pumpkins themselves. Some of the awards were: the battiest, the most fang-tastic, the quackiest, and the most meow-velous. The Scouts decorated their pumpkins as a joint project with one or both of their parents. Trey Plummer, a newcomer to the Scouting program, received the most meow-velous award. He worked on his pumpkin with his mom. I actually came up with the idea for the ears, the eyes, the tail and the nose, Trey explained. My mom had the idea of the pipe cleaner whiskers and the fangs. We worked together. The whole thing was fun. The Cub Scouts who participated in the pumpkin decorating contest were: Tigers (first-graders) Evan Cross, Damon Fournia, Kyler LaFountain, Jacob LaPierre, Connor ONeil, Nicholas Pellerin, Joseph Webster, Liam Hilferty and Aiden Hilferty; Wolves (second-graders) Jacob LeDuc, Andrew Rivera and Nicholas Sears. Bears (third-graders) Aaron Jarvis, Dylan LaFountain, Trey Plummer and Walter Ward; and Webelos (fourth- and fifth-graders) Benjamin Hatch, Stratton Holland, Logan Jarvis, Logan LaFountain and Rafael Rivera.

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