Cub Scout Pack #36 strive toward "Arrow of Light"

JOHNSBURG - This has been an exciting year for our North Creek Cub Scout Pack. We added a number of new boys, aged 6-10 years, and now have 18 active members! We had such a successful recruitment that the district awarded each boy with a free pinewood derby car kit. We now have members from all over Johnsburg, as well as Minerva and Olmstedville. Along with the new boys, several parents have also joined the pack, by becoming den leaders.

Our Cubmaster, Jennifer Smith of Minerva, has given us six wonderful years of service, inspiration and fun. She is stepping down from that role now, but will still be actively involved as the pack committee treasurer. Local artist and teacher, (and mother of two Cubs), Kate Hartley, will be the new Cubmaster, after having led this year's "graduating" Webelos Cubs since they were in second grade. Danae Tucker, of Minerva, as well as Jim Harrison of North River, have been instrumental in leading this 2009 "class" of Webelo Scouts. The pack thanks them for their unflagging enthusiasm and support!

Our pack leadership is as follows: Kate Hartley, Cubmaster; Sarah Taylor, Adult Committee Chair; Jennifer Smith, Treasurer; Tonya West, Nate Davie, Sarah Taylor, and Lenny Wilson as Den Leaders.

At our once-monthly Cub Scout meetings, we regularly work on activities suggested by the Official Handbook for each age level. We supplement those projects with "extras" designed to take advantage of our Adirondack surroundings. Along these lines, we have explored several riverbeds and trails, doing "geocaching," and spent a wonderful weekend at Minerva Lake - camping, kayaking, hiking and swimming. A perfect evening of fishing (and frog catching!) was spent at Palmer Pond in June, with a number of scouting dads and leaders guiding the Cubs. An amazing (and long) hike was an expedition to Hour Pond in the Siamese Pond Wilderness Area. We like to do just-for-fun things too - our biggest turnout of the year was a whole-family trip to the Tree Paad Family Entertainment Center in Glens Falls, for laser tag and wild ball games in their tower fort.

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