Cub Scouts begin exciting new year

Cub Scouts begin exciting new year Cub Scout Pack 165 is starting the year off with a giant roar with an October Jungle Theme and lots of activities to keep the boys busy and active in the community.

The annual Trail's End Popcorn sales campaign began on Oct. 1, and Cub Scouts are getting out in their neighborhoods and doing their best to support their scouting program. Trail's End Popcorn has always been the pack's only fund raising campaign, and pack committee and leaders are hopeful that the Cubs will raise sufficient funds so that Pack 165 will be able to send each to a Cub Scout camp this summer.

Cub Scouts may also visit your doorsteps this week to ask you to help in the Scouting for Food campaign to collect food for our local food bank. Cub Scouts may leave a yellow plastic grocery bag on your doorknob which you may fill with non-perishable food items and leave at your doorstep on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Boy Scouts will pick up yellow bags on that date. If you have not received a yellow bag for your donation but would like to participate, please contact Kent Osborne at 624-8369 or Julie Hammontree at 624-3039, and a Cub Scout will come to your home for your donation.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners, or other interested Cub Scouts, are also invited to attend Tiger Cub Fun Day, an afternoon of games and activities for younger scouts. This event is always fun-filled and action-packed, and a great way to introduce the new scouts to programs provided by our own Lewis and Clark Trail District. Those interested in attending are encouraged to call Cubmaster Kent Osborne to pre-register.

Parents and Scouts alike participated in our recent jungle-themed Pack meeting. Cindy Osborne's Tiger Cubs (Den C) provided an entertaining skit; the Bears presented the flag ceremony and Julie Hammontree's Webelo I and II group offered an audience-participation rendition of "Tarzan of the Apes."

Boys were challenged with a rousing game of Peanut Relay and had the opportunity to see a collection of African animal skins belonging to Jeff Olson. The evening's award for best-behaved, most-involved den went to the Wolf Den; this group received the somewhat auspicious, candy-filled totem to share among the den and their guests.

Bobcat badges were awarded to those Cub Scouts who have memorized the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, the meaning of WeBeLos, demonstrated and recited the meaning of the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto and salute and have read and discussed with a parent the personal safety booklet, "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse," provided in every scouting handbook.

Those who earned the Bobcat rank are Anthony Leber, Christian Wasley, Nicholas Stewart, Thomas Walker, Stephen Steinmetz, Zachary Nicks, David Day, Colin Olson, William Getzin, Forest Skilbred, Tyler Chasing Hawk, Samuel Pearson, Mark Helenurm, Jacob Gehm, Joseph Geis, Lyle Schull, Marco Soto, Jimmy Lei and Chad Peterson. The Wolf badge was earned by Paul May, and Luke Skilbred. Webelo I was awarded the Outdoorsman pin.

Leaders Bryan Enos and Julie Hammontree were recognized for their completion of the Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training. Enos, Hammontree and Cubmaster Kent Osborne have also competed Youth Protection, New Leader Essentials and training programs specific to their roles in the Cub Scout program, and have been awarded the "Trained" Leader Badge.

Shelley Joines also completed Youth Protection and New Leader Essentials which will be offered again in Vermillion on Wednesday, Oct. 30. New leaders, assistant leaders and all parents are encouraged to attend.

All leaders, and parents, too, are invited to attend the University of Scouting on Nov. 2. Participants may choose from 50 courses in Cub Scouting or general studies; the only difficulty is narrowing down the selection to just six sessions available.

The University of Scouting allows leaders to acquire new skills, have a day of fun and adventure, meet and exchange ideas with parents and scout leaders from Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. Interested parents and leaders may contact Kent Osborne, Julie Hammontree or the Sioux Council office at (605) 361-2697.

Over the past month, Webelos have been busy in over-night camp-outs, campfires, tying knots, outdoor cooking, learning First Aid and CPR. Bears have been working on Building Muscles, Tying It Up and the Be Ready Achievements. Wolves began the year with the Bobcat Rank and completing physical fitness achievements. Tigers are working to learn the Cub Scout salute, handshake and Tiger Cub Motto, "Search, Discover and Share."

November's scouting theme is Kids Against Crime. The boys were encouraged to begin right away by visiting the Fire Department and Safety Center Open Houses on the next two evenings, and as always, are reminded to "Do Your Best."

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