Cub Scouts Encourages Learning, Family Bonding

By: Sami Gillette

Cub Scouts encourages learning, family bonding

SHERBURNE – The Sherburne Cub Scouts of Pack 66 has been a long-standing tradition in the community and a source of growth and learning for numerous young boys and their families. The group has been around for approximately 59 years and is sponsored by the Sherburne Rotary Club. Boys from grades one to five participate, while Boy Scouts includes grade 6 and up.

“It's a program that basically incorporates learning with fun,” said Cub Master Paula Howard. “We also have a strong parenting skills section.”

Cub Scouts serves as a precursor to Boy Scouts. Per the Boy Scouts of America website, it provides “a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.”

Howard explained that Cub Scouts meetings cater to parent and child oriented fun that goes towards an elective. Meetings take place on Tuesday nights throughout the school year at 6 p.m., with the whole group meeting once a month.

Often different games are played, such as “minute to win it” and derby cars. The boys are also taught basic survival skills such as using a map and compass, geocaching, and other nature-centered skills.

There is a parent committee that meets regularly, Howard explained. “They (parent committee) usually decide where they're going and what direction.”

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Beyond group activities at meetings, the pack also participates in larger projects and trips. Just recently, the group went on a cub adventure weekend in Tuscarora.

“There were over 320 scouts, family and staff there,” said Howard and explained that the scouts and their families had a great time.

There are some possible upcoming projects, such as a community service day. Previously, the pack has helped at Pratt Newtown Home and worked in the gardens.

“We'll go and repopulate them with plants,” said Howard when describing possibilities for the upcoming community project. “(Or) we may still go out to Rogers and maintain one of the paths there.”

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