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Boy Scouts seek new recruits, organize registration meeting

Published 10:25am Thursday, September 19, 2013

Area troops are looking for new recruits to teach the valuable lessons of scouting.
Registration for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts is well underway, and a pair of local scout troops are getting set to find new recruits.
Jennifer Smith, Cubmaster of Cub Scouts Pack 67, said that Pack 67 and Pack 169 are setting up to host a meeting for new recruits.
“We are going to have a registration night for new scouts at Jim Pearson School at 6 p.m. Tuesday,” Smith said. “All parents can come and learn more about us there and register. We will detail upcoming events we have and scouting trips.”
Smith said that those parents who miss Tuesday’s meeting should not fret, as registration goes on all year.
Smith added that scouting teaches important skills and essential life lessons.
“Scouting is more than 100 years old. We do a lot of camping, archery, BB guns, community services and a lot of outdoors skills with the children,” Smith said. “Teaching the young boys to become better men is the main value of scouting. We do that through teaching cooperation, patience, service to others, citizenship and through helping them learn about our country and community.”
Smith said Cub Scouts is for ages first through fifth grade, and Boy Scouts runs from sixth grade through 18 years old.
Pack 67 is chartered through Bill Nichols Veterans Home and meets at Trinity Church on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Another local troop, Pack 169, is chartered through First United Methodist Church and meets every Monday at 7 p.m. in Robert Goree Scout Hall.
Allan Broom, Scoutmaster for Pack 169, said scouts provide a great influence in the lives of young boys as they mature.
“The mission of scouting is to bring the scout law and scout oath to every boy in the community,” Broom said. “I honestly believe that scouting is one of the last great influences for boys. It teaches them honor, that they should be morally right and physically in shape, and honor God and our country.”
Smith said scouts are also very active in serving the community and participating in civic events.
“We have ‘Scouting for Food’ where we go out into a community to collect food and give it to local pantries,” Smith said. “We are going to be in the homecoming parade and also participate in the Christmas parade.”
To register for Pack 67, contact Smith at 256-675-9458 for Pack 67.
To register for Pack 169, contact Allan Broom at 256-750-1751.
And to learn more about scouting, visit beascout.scouting.org.

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