Editor's note: This Interface submission comes from Chuck Fortin, a volunteer with Cub Scout Pack 1909 in Savage, and includes contributions from several group members. They have been lightly edited.
On Friday, May 31, Cub Scout Pack 1909 of Savage held its annual bridging ceremony and overnight campout. Over 30 youth worked all school year long to earn the rank badge for their grade level. The bridging ceremony recognized their accomplishments as they cross over and begin the next step in their scouting journey toward the Arrow of Light award.
Throughout the year, the pack meets as a whole group for activities like pinewood derby car and raingutter regatta races as well as other events. Our other important event is the Blue & Gold Banquet, where second-year Webelos receive the Arrow of Light award and move up to a Boy Scouts troop.
The pack also conducts several service projects. Twice per year we collect trash at O’Connell Park as part of the city’s adopt-a-park program. We help clean up after Lakefront Days in July.
In December, the scouts organized a Toys-for-Tots drive with the Savage Police Department and collected donations at Redtail Ridge Elementary and La ola del lago schools. In April, many of our scouts and families volunteered to pack meals at a Feed My Starving Children mobile pack event in Prior Lake.
Smaller groups within the pack, called dens, also meet. Dens are based on school level: Kindergartners make up the Lions den, first-graders are Tigers, second-graders are Wolves, third-graders are Bears, and fourth- and fifth-graders are Webelos. The requirements for rank advancement focus on topics like teamwork, involvement in the community, diversity, healthy habits and respect for nature and the outdoors. While we learn a lot, it’s mostly about having fun.
Many scouts attended summer and day camps and went on hikes and all kinds of other fun activities. Most scouts would say archery and camping are their favorite things. The bears den also plans a "carnival" that is also a big hit.
A few scouts shared their thoughts.
Owen Holbrook, an incoming third-grader:
Scouting is fun because you meet other people and go on lots of adventures. Some of the skills I learned this year were how to use a compass and how to tie knots. Our campout was really fun. We even got to go on a flashlight hike after sunset.
Mason Holbrook, an incoming third-grader:
I enjoy scouting because I get to go on hikes, sleep in tents and eat food we cook over a fire. This year we went on a flashlight hike during our campout, and it is fun to meet new friends.
Dominik Fortin, an incoming second-grader:
Shooting BB guns and a bow and arrow at summer camp was probably the most fun I had. I really liked building and racing a pinewood derby car and playing soccer against the parents after park cleanup.