Local scouts go blue and gold for big birthday bash
SUMMIT COUNTY Its a big year for Boy Scouts everywhere, as the international organization marks 100 years of existence in 2007. Many of Summit Countys Cub Scouts celebrated the birthday in style earlier this week at the annual Blue & Gold Banquet, held as always at the Elks Lodge in Silverthorne. Rushing around under glittery streamers, and dodging between assorted casseroles and a giant blue and gold birthday cake, local scouts were honored for their achievements with activity belt-loops, arrow points and other badges to mark their commitment to the scout ideals and motto to do your best.The Cub Scout program tries to transfer important skills and values for young men. And its a chance for sons to do activities with their fathers in an organized setting, along with other families, said Glenn Montgomery, whos guided Summit Coves Den 8 for the past couple of years. We have great involvement by parents and lots of great leaders, Montgomery said, emphasizing how community support is a crucial pillar of scouting. I think there are more things to do as a scout in Summit County than anywhere else in the country, he added.Montgomery, who will step into the role of pack leader this spring, said the organizations recruitment efforts have been hurt by the Summit School Districts ban on outside organizations setting up informational displays in local schools. In the past, that has been the best avenue for getting new kids to join scouting. About 35 youngsters are active in Cub Scouts in Breckenridge, with another 25 members in Pack 186, covering the rest of Summit County. First- through fourth-graders fill the ranks, progressing from Bobcat to Wolf, Bear, Webelo and finally on to the Boy Scout level, garnering leadership and teamwork skills along the way.I really liked the visit to the Dillon Museum. It was cool how it was used as both a church and a school, said Cub Scout Ben Cottrell between bites of fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Den 8 recently visited the old school house and watched a slide presentation on how the old town of Dillon was moved and how the dam and reservoir were built.For Kellen Wade, who earned his Bear Badge at the banquet, the annual Pinewood Derby race is always a highlight. The little wooden cars, painted and polished to perfection by the boys (and dads!) will once again take to the computerized track at Dillon Valley Elementary School for the hotly contested race March 9. The derby is a great chance for kids who arent yet scouts but who are interested in the program to visit with their friends at a fun event, Montgomery said.Ten-year-old scout Logan Weinman said he especially enjoyed a recent den activity that involved making a poster with a leave no trace theme.It was about sticking on the trail, Weinman said. It was about leaving nature as it was before, he explained.Gabe Johnson, of Den 4, said his group recently learned how to start a flint and lint fire, using, of all things, drier lint.We had to scrape our scout knives on the flint to make sparks, Johnson said, explaining that it wasnt all that hard after his den leader showed him the best technique.The older scouts are looking forward to an annual winter event, including optional winter camping coming up at Sylvan Lake in just a few weeks.The local scouts are always looking for more kids and parents to join in the activities. More information on Summit County Cub Scout activities and membership is online at http://www.summitcubs.org.Bob Berwyn can be reached at (970) 331-5996, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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