Cub Scouts Welcome Girls and Boys

Photo | Courtesy of Cub Scout Pack 221  Hiking is just one of the adventures Cub Scout Pack 221 has experienced in recent years.

Photo | Courtesy of Cub Scout Pack 221
Hiking is just one of the adventures Cub Scout Pack 221 has experienced in recent years.

We are excited to announce that our Cub Scouting program is now open to boys and girls in K-Grade 5. By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises. Scouting is an inclusive organization.

Cub Scout Pack 221 is based in Kentlands/Lakelands and is sponsored by the Kentlands Community Foundation (KCF). Our goal is to provide opportunities for adventure, community-building and citizenship for youth and their families. Cubs learn useful skills like setting up a tent, preparing food on a campfire, working together on projects, and participation on outdoor sports such as hiking, archery and fishing.

In recent years, Pack 221 cubs have experienced diverse adventures such as an overnight  campout, ropes climbing course, bike safety, and carrying the flag for the anthem at a Washington Wizards game. Each year the pack organizes a Pinewood Derby race where cubs build and race their own pinewood car design. Our community service includes “Scouting for Food,” where last year we collected 70 bags of groceries for donation to a local food bank at Thanksgiving. One of the key goals of scouting is to reinforce community and family values that have allowed the Scouts to be an enduring international organization.

John Leary is the Cub Master for Pack 221. John brings both inspiration and knowledge related to community service and team building which will be a big theme for this year along with outdoor activities (weather permitting) and STEM projects during the winter months.

Monthly Pack Meetings, which include all K-5 grade levels (and siblings always welcomed) are held the third Tuesday at Rachel Carson Elementary School (RCES) 6:45 to 8 p.m. starting in September with Join Scouting Night. Den Meetings are arranged by grade levels and are held once or twice per month at different locations in the area and will start-up in September.

Families can register new Cubs and meet returning Cubs and Leaders at Join Scouting Night, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:45 to 8 p.m. in the Rachel Carson Elementary School Multipurpose room (next to the gym). For further information about Pack 221, please contact Janet Griffiths, joinpack221@gmail.com or 774.578.5762. More about Scouting can be found on National Scouts of America website, www.scouting.org/familyscouting/.

Older youth can enroll in one of several local Scout Troups or participate in Sea Scouts or Venture Scouting.

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