Cub Scouts celebrate 75th anniversary

EDITOR'S NOTE - The following story was researched and written by members of Cub Scout Pack 846 of the Sugarloaf United Methodist Church in Suwanee.

What young boy doesn't enjoy a birthday party? This year, almost 900,000 Cub Scouts across America are celebrating their 75th anniversary.

In Suwanee, the 69 Cub Scouts in Pack 846, who meet at Sugarloaf United Methodist Church, held a birthday party at their annual Blue and Gold Banquet in February.

BSA (Boy Scouts of America) started in 1910 for boys 12 years old and older.

To provide the scouting experience to younger boys, a program was developed featuring activities for younger boys.

The program, "Cubs of America," received approval in 1930 and served as the basis for the Cub Scout organization.

Present-day Cub Scouting consists of a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth (ages 7 to 10).

The levels in Cub Scouts go from Tigers through Wolves and Bears and finally finish up with Webelos I's and II's. Boys join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned a den.

Parents, leaders and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting, but the boys provide the energy and gratification to make it work.

Cub Scouting means "doing," and the most recognizable activity that all Cub Scouts enjoy is the age-appropriate camping programs that are packed with theme-oriented action that brings all levels of Scouts and their families closer together in the great outdoors.

Other important but less-touted activities are citizenship training, character development and personal fitness.

Scouting spans the globe with more than 28 million scouts, youth and adults in 216 counties and territories. Most countries participate in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturer Scouts programs. Some countries offer their own unique scout programs. Joey Scouts are found in Australia, while Beaver Scouts can be found in the United Kingdom and Canada.

As our world and technology have changed, the scouting program has changed to meet the needs of the scouts and their families.

Who knows what the future will hold for scouting. Perhaps, as one of our scouts has envisioned, camping trips to faraway places in solar-powered cars.

Happy Birthday, Cub Scouts.

- 75th Birthday of Cub Scouting

Cub Scout Pack 846

Gifts we've received from Scouts

Gifts are a part of most birthday

parties. The Webelos II's in Pack 846 shared some of the gifts they have received from being a Cub Scout:

Andrew - For me, scouting means work and earning badges. I think that scouting is fun. Campouts are the most fun.

Byron - Scouting to me is fun. We get to go on camping trips, rock climbing, earn badges, learn how to be good and help people. Scouting is a big privilege.

Cory - Scouting has taught me many skills that I can use in everyday life. Scouting has made me aware that the most important thing in life is to treat everyone the same, no matter what. Scouting has trained me to be a team player by teaching me that the whole pack is much more important than any one scout. I hope that someday I will be able to change someone's life as scouting has changed mine.

Eric - Scouting helps me learn new and interesting things. It also helps me to be prepared for bad situations and to be able to help people in need.

Keaton - Scouting is fun and exciting. I like hanging out with friends, earning badges and racing in the pinewood derby. Cub Scouting teaches me responsibility, which I dare say, I need.

Samir - What scouting means to me is to serve the community. Scouts are those that help people in times of need. In scouts we also make friends, have activities to do, and have fun.

Scott -- Scouting means a lot to me. It means seeing friends and making new friends. Having fun camping, making crafts and experiencing new adventures are all a part of scouting. And most importantly, helping people and doing good deeds is what scouting means to me.