Honolulu Elks’ service to youth is no doubt a strong dedication to the Cub Scout Pack 616 (grades K to 5) and the Boy Scout Troop 616 (6th grade or age 10+ to age 17). The close relationship of Honolulu Elks and the 616 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts provides a lifelong basis for community service, patriotism and to honor kupuna.
The Scouting year (January to December) both the Pack and Troop achieved GOLD level in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Journey to Excellence. Journey to Excellence is the BSA’s planning, performance, and recognition program designed to encourage and reward the success of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. Congratulations and mahalo Scouts, parents, and leaders!
The Cub Scouts meet monthly with the boys and parents enjoying fun activities, like the re- cent Elks pool get-together in March. From what appears as just a “fun” activity, the boys do learn about rules, appropriate behavior and respect to each other and others. The pool activity, the prior month’s camping trip, all contribute to the youth’s memory of fun, family, and appreciation.
The 616 Boy Scouts, as young men, take a stronger leadership role in the program. Adult leaders serve more as guides than leaders. Mentoring often occurs from the older scout to the younger scout. Merit badges, over 135 covering a vast range of topics, provides the scout to learn about specific topics. Some are required to achieve the highest rank of Eagle. In addition, advancement through ranks are also set in achievements. 616 Scouts often work on their achievements at Troop meetings or outings.
This Elks year, support and visit with the Scouts during Elks activities and events such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, Elks Appreciation Day, Veterans Day and the Christmas parade. Elks members may also visit with the Pack or Troop when present at the Lodge, but please check with the adult leader first.
Joining the 616 scouting program as a Cub Scout or Boy Scout can be done at any time; enrollment is YEAR ROUND. Unlike other youth programs with enrollment periods, joining scouts at Honolulu Elks is open all the day and comes with a personalized welcome by leaders and scouts. Such is the Honolulu Elks way of Ohana and Aloha. For more in- formation about 616 Scouting, contact your Elks Scouting Representative, Calvin Hara at phone 426-7852 or email at cmhara@com- cast.net.
Lastly, MAHALO to immediate Past ER Bud Lush. Scouts, their parents and leaders appreciate your support throughout the year. To ER Byron Apo, we wish you the very best during the year and we look forward to the continued great positive relationship with Honolulu Elks.
Calvin Hara, Elks Scouting Representative and Charter Organization Representative to the Aloha Council, BSAby