Across the country, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts recently joined together for the annual Scouting for Food campaign. In the Rockford area, Boy Scout Troop 282 chartered to North Kent Presbyterian Church, Troop 228 chartered to Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, and Cub Scout Pack 3285 from Crestwood Elementary School collected food items to benefit North Kent Community Services. “The generosity of the Rockford community really shows each year during the Scout food drive,” according to parent Guy McLellan of Troop 282. Two large food collection containers were filled by the local Scouts just in time to meet the increased need for food items during the local schools’ spring break. Scouting for Food began in 1988 as part of the Good Turn for America initiative. Each year collection bags are distributed throughout neighborhoods for families to place items in the bag and leave on their front porch. Scouts then return at a designated time to pick up the donations. These are then redistributed to local food banks to help stock their shelves. Each year over 100,000 items are collected and redistributed throughout the Gerald R. Ford Council area, which services 12 counties in West Michigan. Members of Boy Scout Troops 282 and 228 and Cub Scout Pack 3285 would like to thank everyone who donated items to make this year’s drive another success to help fight hunger in our community.
Cub Scout Pack 3285
Cub Scout Pack 3285 from Crestwood Elementary School celebrated the 87th birthday of Cub Scouting in the United States at their annual Blue and Gold Banquet on February 11 at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. They also honored their members for their rank advancements during the special evening of ceremonies. Earning Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light, was Webelos 2 Scout Sean McLellan. A fifth-grader, McLellan has been active in Pack 3285 since he began Scouting in first grade. During this time, he earned his all his Cub Scout rank awards, numerous belt loops and pins for sports and academic accomplishments, nine arrow points and 15 Webelos pins. To earn this award, he was required to complete only eight activity badges in addition to learning the Boy Scout oath, motto, slogan and law, and taking part in camping and troop activities with an older Boy Scout troop. The Arrow of Light is the only Cub Scout award that carries over to the Boy Scout level. Members of the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow, a national honor group of Boy Scouts, conducted a special crossover ceremony from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. McLellan was welcomed by members of Boy Scout Troop 282 during the ceremony. Each den was also recognized for their achievements in special ceremonies. The 10 members of the second-grade den, Gavin Fredericks, Jack Gavan, Isaac Gould, Ian Henschell, Liam Knisley, Matthew Luxhoj, Michael Rozzano, Jackson Smith, Daniel Triesenberg and Zebb VanderKooy, received their Wolf Rank under the leadership of Tom Triesenberg and Kurt Henschell. Fourth-grade members Evan Coberly and Justin Fraula were awarded their Webelos rank with the guidance of their leader Greg Coberly. Scout leadership for the Pack was also passed from the Webelos 2 to the Webelos during a special ceremony. Members of the Tiger and Bear dens were rewarded with achievement beads that are used to track their progress in achieving their rank awards. Adult members Kelly and Guy McLellan were also recognized by the parents for their service to the Pack since 2007. Kelly served as Cub master and den leader and Guy as Pack committee chair. Pack members also took part in a special Scout/male adult partner cake bake contest with people’s choice awards given to the top three […]
Carrying on a tradition started in 1953, Cub Scout Pack 3285 at Crestwood Elementary School held their annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 6. Several track speed records were shattered by this year’s racers in each division: Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Open Class. Earning top honors in the Tiger den was Caleb Beach followed by Jackson Smith and Zebb VanderKooy. In the Wolf race, Jonathan Scofield grabbed top honors, with Ethan Cowlbeck in second and Ryan McGee in third. For the Bear race, only two boys participated, with Justin Fraula coming out ahead of competitor Evan Coberly. Smoking the competition in the Webelos race, Jake Carlson won first-place honors, followed by Jacob Stauffer and Jimmy Helm. To wrap up the races, parents, siblings and Pack alumni competed in an Open Class division. Scout Jason Andrus captured first, parent Bob Carr second and Scout Ethan Walthorn earned third place. Winning the top speed awards for the Pack was Jake Carlson in first with a time of 2.701 seconds, Justin Fraula with 2.792 in second, and Caleb Beach in third with 2.797. In addition to awards for speed, the Turtle Award for the slowest car was presented to Wolf Richard Mortimore. Scouts were also recognized for their car workmanship for the Scouts Choice Awards. Most Creative was awarded to Richard Mortimore for his hammer head shark creation. Best Paint Job was awarded to Tiger Ian Henschell, and Best Craftsmanship went to Evan Coberly’s Japanese comic book hero Ultraman.
“A salute to our troops” was the theme for the night as Cub Scout Pack 3285 welcomed six new members to the Pack at their November meeting. In keeping with the tradition, the new members and their families were greeted by Chief Who-Ha. He led the new members through a ceremonial initiation for achieving their first advancement along the Cub Scout trail, the Bobcat award. Upon confirmation that the new boys understood the Cub Scout oath and law, they received the sign of the Bobcat by their parents. Two blue stripes were placed on their left cheek which stood for truth, loyalty and the sky above. Streaks of yellow were placed on the right cheek to represent warm sunlight, happiness and good cheer. They also were pinned with their Bobcat award. Each member of the Pack also offered a “salute” to their heroes. For many, this was a time for them to recognize their parents and grandparents for their love and support and also others whom they admire. The boys were challenged to think of the choices that they are making now and how they may be seen as a hero to someone else for their choices. The Pack also sent a soft message to our military troops by participating in the West Michigan Military Family Support Group’s Operation Pillow Talk. The boys decorated the covers of travel pillows and created cards to be sent to the troops currently deployed. The group is affiliated with the Salvation Army and strives to provide comfort for the men and women serving in our armed forces. In addition to the care packages they send to deployed troops, they also provide a support group for family and friends of those who are serving in our military. To learn more about this program, visit www.wmmfsg.com.