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September 27, 2013

Cub Scouts kick off new season tonight

NEWBURYPORT — For nearly 30 years, Newburyport’s Cub Scout Pack 21 has delivered a fun, noncompetitive program that helps local boys to grow and develop in areas such as citizenship, physical fitness, character development and outdoor skills.

This year, Cub Scout Pack 21 will officially kick off its new scouting season with a Pack Meeting tonight at the Bresnahan Elementary School from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Cub scouting is a “do your best” program for boys in grades 1 to 5 and their families. The leadership of Pack 21 is made up entirely of volunteers from the greater Newburyport community who dedicate their time to making scouting a fun and memorable experience.

Boys are divided into dens by age group and participate along with their peers in activities designed to entertain, engage, and challenge them. Dens meet two or three times a month, and once each month the pack comes together for a Pack Meeting involving all of the scouts. Pack Meeting themes include traditional cub scout favorites like the Pinewood Derby and the Blue and Gold Banquet, as well as newer events like the annual Egg Drop and Rocket Day.

Additional outings and service projects are also scheduled throughout the year. For example, in mid-October, Pack 21 will join the other scouting groups in Newburyport and a local conservation group to help restore the Artichoke River Trail. Each spring, the pack participates in the city’s Clean Sweep effort. And at each pack meeting, food and household items are collected to support the work of the Pettengill House in Salisbury.

Last year the pack visited the U.S.S. Massachusetts in Fall River, where the boys got to walk the decks, eat in the mess hall, and sleep in bunks aboard a real WWII-era battleship while exploring all of Battleship Cove. An equally memorable overnight trip is planned for this year and is sure to be a highlight of the year for all of the scouts.

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