By Calvin Hara, Scouting Representative
This month’s article title is “long,” but certainly reflects what Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts at Elk’s Lodge 616 did in August, September and planning for in October. That is the intrinsic value of scouting – to plan, learn, experience and have fun in the largest scouting organization in our country. Recent recruitment efforts by 616 leaders resulted in new scouts joining the Pack and Troop.
As the boys and parents are introduced to the scouting program, 616’s “ohana welcome” bring comfort along with confidence to the boys and parents. The Membership Appreciation Day brought many Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and adult leaders and parents to sup- port the Elks Major Project. All had great fun meeting the Elks members, friends and sup- porters, and foremost, to thank all Elks for sponsoring the Scouting Program.
The annual Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Pop- corn sales fundraising will soon be underway. Elks member may support the scouting pro- gram by purchasing any of the various popcorn products which will be sold at the entrance of the Lodge. You will notice the maturity and poise of the young men as they “do their best” to offer you the popcorn for sale. Some of the Boy Scouts may be working on a merit badge called “Salesmanship,” which is one of over 135 merit badges that a Boy Scout can earn.
The Boy Scouts again hosted a car wash at the Lodge parking lot – typically the last Sun- day of the month, depending on availability of the Lodge. Mahalo to all for supporting the scouts!
On the weekend of October 20th, the Cub and Boy Scouts and adult leaders are headed to Kane’ohe to Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden for a campout. The Ho’olmaluhia Botanical Gar- den is situated against the majestic Ko’olau Range and offers scouts the opportunity to camp in a rain forest. A camp-out involves the boys learning how to plan activities, meals, budget and assuring safety.
As we say in the Boy Scouts of America, participating scouts are “Prepared for Life.” We welcome new Cub Scouts from Kindergarten age to Boy Scouts prior to their 18th birthday. For more information about scouting at 616, contact Calvin Hara at phone 426-7852 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org