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Cub Scout recruiting night set Thursday

Central Minnesota Council of the Boy Scouts of America is conducting its fall new scout drive at 6 p.m. Thursday at local elementary schools. "This is an opportunity for boys in Kindergarten to fifth grade to join the Scouting movement," Scout Ex...

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Central Minnesota Council of the Boy Scouts of America is conducting its fall new scout drive at 6 p.m. Thursday at local elementary schools.

Central Minnesota Council of the Boy Scouts of America is conducting its fall new scout drive at 6 p.m. Thursday at local elementary schools.

"This is an opportunity for boys in Kindergarten to fifth grade to join the Scouting movement," Scout Executive David Trehey stated in a news release.

Cub Scouts is a part of the Boy Scouts of America for elementary age boys. As a cub scout a boy is a member of a den, which is made up of boys his own age, and the den is a part of a pack, which is all the dens put together. The boys conduct activities to complete an adventure to earn a belt loop and by the end of the program year the boy can earn his badge of rank. Typically a Scout will attend three or four meetings a month with his den and pack.

"Throughout the year the boys will do things and go places," Trehey stated. "For a meeting the boys may visit a police station or fire station to learn about safety or they may visit a radio station or newspaper office to learn about the media. They will also learn about health and nutrition and learn to be good patriotic citizens in ways tailored for their age. We of course conduct a great deal of outdoor activities as scouts are well known for doing."

Scouting is a family activity with events and projects that help parents, grandparents and their boys build lasting memories.

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The cost to join Scouting is $33 a year, plus boys will need a uniform and handbook but a boy is never turned away for an inability to pay.

If a family cannot make it to the sign-up night in their area they can always visit BeAScout.org to get contact information for a local unit.

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