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Cub scouts in the 21st century

To get their communication badge, the nine and ten-year-old boys in F-M cub scout den 1, Pack 369 had to write a news story and have it published in a local paper. The den 1 scouts are: Michael Burgun, Joseph Stewart, Frankie Palladino, Thomas Sokolovic, Eddie Elliott, Ethan Teluk and Raphel Awa.

To get their communication badge, the nine and ten-year-old boys in F-M cub scout den 1, Pack 369 had to write a news story and have it published in a local paper. The den 1 scouts are: Michael Burgun, Joseph Stewart, Frankie Palladino, Thomas Sokolovic, Eddie Elliott, Ethan Teluk and Raphel Awa. Submitted photo

— Many people may think cub scouts are doing the same traditional activities that they’re been doing since the Cub Scouts of America began more than 100 years ago, in 1914. But the scouts F-M’s pack 369 say that the things they learn and do are much different than what kids in the organization were doing as recently as 15 years ago.

Cub scouts today are involved in many things that have to do with community service. Scouts are always doing their best to help the community. One way they do this is by helping the elderly by keeping them company, feeding their pets and running errands for them. Scouts also help out by picking up litter – if there is trash near a building or on the road, they will pick it up. Additionally, they volunteer their time around the holiday season by ringing the bell for the Salvation Army outside of grocery stores.

Cub scouts are also involved in a lot of traditional outdoor activities. Scouts today like to hike distances and fish for underwater discoveries. At scout camps, they can do archery and shoot BB guns. Some cub scouts in pack 369 have been to a certain camp where they dive into freezing cold water early in the morning – also known as a polar bear plunge. But of all of these activities, scouts in pack 369 like whittling the best.

And finally, cub scouts today are learning about new skills and technology that are different than what scouts were learning about 15 years ago. To get the communication badge, they sent emails and texts and looked at websites. Pack 369 had an electronics campout where the scouts used technology like Xboxes, Playstations and Kindle Fires. Scouts also had to track the weather by watching the news on TV.

For more information about Pack 369, email cubscoutpack369@gmail.com or visit its Facebook page: Facebook.com/pages/Cub-Scout-Pack-369/257488560957283.

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