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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 8:41 am

New and returning Cub Scouts socialized and helped clean the environment during Fort Belvoir Cub Scout Pack 118’s Activity Day April 27 at the Scout Hut.

The activity day introduced new Scouts to Belvoir’s program as they enjoyed hours of running, laughing and making new friends. The Scouts played dodge ball, participated in a campfire and helped collect trash around post.

“They’re going to accidentally learn something while having a great time,” said Glen Clubb, Cub Master for the pack. “It’s fun with a purpose.”

Cub Scouts is the first stage of the Boy Scouts of America’s program. The age range is from 7 to 10 years old or from first to fifth grade. During activity day, Pack 118 leaders introduced Families to pack members who share the organizations goals and activities during the year-long program.

Clubb said the overall Scouting program is designed to help young people build character, learn citizenship and develop personal fitness. Members participate in activities such as fishing, biking, swimming and camping trips. Cub Scouts, as the first phase of the program, connects the entire Family to the process of child development.

There are four ranks for Cub Scouts —Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos Scout.

Boys start at the lowest rank, which is the Tiger, and then work their way up to Webelos Scout. Children must complete the achievements in each rank to acquire the badges associated with the ranks. Pack 118’s goal is to develop the Family, so the pack encourages parents to be active participants in the Scout’s development.

To ensure a Family experience, Tiger Scouts’ achievements strongly coincide with activities requiring parent involvement such as visiting fire stations, museums and basketball games.

“The boys are motivated by accomplishment and Scouting gives them the opportunity to make stair stepping achievements toward goals,” Clubb said. “The vast majority of their goals can’t be achieved without Family involvement.”

As the Scout acquires higher rank, achievements become more individual based, which prepares them for Boy Scouting. Efrain Sanchez, Pack 118 assistant den leader, said his sons, Jacob and Elijah, have become more independent and social since becoming Scouts.

“They were shy early on but they wanted to be in the mix. It took them some time to get out of their shell but they’re becoming more talkative,” Efrain said. “It’s fun to see their eyes light up when they learn something new.”

Jacob said he’s learned numerous lessons since becoming a Scout.

“You never give up and never leave a Scout behind,” said Jacob, who enjoys many Scouting activities. “You get to use BB-guns and shoot a bow and arrow.”

Lt. Col. David Biggins, Pentagon Army G-2 signal officer, hopes his son has similar experiences as Jacob and Elijah.

“Scouting is something I’d like to pass on to him,” said Biggins, who participated in Scouting during his youth. “It’s a structured program that gives kids a sense of accomplishment.”

As part of the activity day, new and returning Scouts participated in a conservation project to help improve Belvoir’s environment. The Scouts worked at River and Woodlawn villages installing no littering signage near creeks. The Scouts also collected plastic, cigarette butts and other forms of trash. The conservation project allowed children to socialize while protecting the environment.

Chelsey Jennings, stay-at-home mother, hopes this is the first of many experiences for her son whom she registered for Scouting during the activity day.

“He likes to do new things so I figured Scouting would be fun for him,” Jennings said. “He’ll have new experiences.”

Families who missed the Pack Activity Day can still join. Call (703) 781-3435 for more information. Pack 118 is open to all children.

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