2015-06-03 / Community

Celebrating Cub Scout Values

BY VIRGINIA CALIFANO


Cub Scout Pack 137 at a food drive during the fall. 
PHOTO PROVIDED Cub Scout Pack 137 at a food drive during the fall. PHOTO PROVIDED Cub Scout Pack 137 will kick off their new year with a picnic and fun-filled afternoon this Sunday at Mayor’s Park. All are welcome to come together and celebrate this American tradition, and to learn more about the valuable lessons scouting offers.

Gary Gunther has been the Cub Scout Pack 137 leader for the last eight years in Philipstown. He went through the program as a Cub and Boy Scout, but it wasn’t until later in life that he realized the impact. “I recognized in hindsight the good things scouting did for me, as I’m raising my own kids,” he said.

Gunther described three of the many lessons and skills the young men learn as Cub Scouts.

Cub Scouts are able to explore, understand, and connect with the outdoor world. “We get them out and away from their comfort zone, and show them how to appreciate nature.” The boys have a blast taking part in activities such as hiking, camping, and exploring outdoors.

Patriotism is a theme amongst the scouts, who learn important lessons about their country and what it means to be free. They take part in the Memorial Day parade annually in Cold Spring, and “they understand the importance of that day, and know what our flag means,” Gunther said.

One of the most important lessons learned by the Cubs is leadership: being able to get up in front of others, or work with others, and accomplish something together. “They sing songs, they do skits, and they learn that it’s okay to laugh in front of others,” Gunther said.

Any young man entering kindergarten through the 4th grade are invited to join. “We don’t look for the fastest runner or the best knot tier,” Gunther said. “We’re looking for boys ready to do their best.”

The Cub Scout picnic is from 1pm-3pm Sunday, June 7, at Mayor’s Park in Cold Spring. A parents information meeting is at 12:30pm. All are welcome to attend. For more information or to RSVP, call Gary Gunther at 845-235-1234 or email cubmaster@cubscoutpack137.org.

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