Scouting also emphasizes community service, and our Cubs participated in many service projects. We collected over a thousand books for the African country of Botswana, collected over 100 pounds of food for the local food pantry, we baked cookies and sang carols for the Tri-County Nursing Home residents, and collected trash along many area roads.
A new leader has joined our pack, too, this year - Paul LoGuerico. He is a BSA certified archery instructor, and our pack was thrilled to have a whole day of practicing at his target range. Even a few parents enjoyed bettering their skills with a bow and arrow! Paul comes to our area, having been a life-long scout and leader in Westchester County, and as an adult Cub leader in Greenwich, CT.
Other special activities, led by parents and community members this past year, were doing pottery on a potter's wheel, landscape painting, hiking, fishing, and woodworking.
Cub Scouting is really a family and community endeavor. Parents, grandparents and other adults help the boys complete some of their award requirements outside of our first-Saturday-of-the-month meetings. Boys move through Cubs earning as many badges, beltloops or pins as they can. There is an award for almost anything that encourages them to be good citizens, family and community members. Athletics, academics, crafts, safety and survival skills, as well as environmental stewardship are taught through the program. All of our boys have proved to be great badge-earners!
The highest award in Cub Scouting is the "Arrow of Light." This requires the older Cubs to demonstrate higher-level proficiency in a variety of skills. All four of our Webelos 2 Scouts will be receiving this award at our upcoming Blue and Gold Banquet in February: Ryan Tucker and Daniel Dunbar of Minerva, Justin Hartley-Schmale of North River, and Evan Riedinger of Bakers Mills. These Cubs will have the opportunity to "move up" to Boy Scouts.