NB Pack 141 invites Scout alumni, others to birthday party

Cubmaster wants to recognize history of Scouting with alumni, interested families at blue and gold banquet Feb. 28

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Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 141 receiving the Arrow of Light Award to cross over to Boy Scouts.

Brandon Pigman thought of a great idea for Cub Scout Pack 141 while selling popcorn with his son at County Market in North Branch.

A man around 80 years old introduced himself and started talking about his own boyhood experiences in Scouts. For Pigman and his son, dressed in Scouting attire for the annual popcorn fundraiser, it was evident how much of an impact Scouts had on their elder.

February is the birth month of Scouting, and alumni or folks with interest in Scouts are invited to a special birthday party that North Branch Pack 141 is putting on for its blue and gold banquet. The event, complete with an ice cream social, is set from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Lent Town Hall in Stacy.

Pigman, who serves as Cubmaster for Pack 141, wants to shake things up at the traditional banquet by centering it around the rich history of Scouting. The Pack, itself, was established in 1947, and the North Branch Fire Department has served as the charter sponsor.

“I want to make this a birthday party for Scouting,” he said. “I want to bring back a little bit of the history and reinforce why we’re here through pictures, stories from Scouting alumni and other activities.”

The evening will include a weigh-in time for Scouts to make sure their Pinewood Derby cars meet regulation. The derby is March 1.

The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular traditions of Scouting. Pack 141 provided this photo (the year is unknown). Photos supplied

The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular traditions of Scouting. Pack 141 provided this photo (the year is unknown). Photos supplied

The boys in Pack 141 range from Lions in kindergarten to fifth-graders in Webelos, who work on the Arrow of Light Award to cross the bridge to Boy Scouts. Another Cub Scout group in North Branch is Pack 411.

“If there’s alumni of Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts or if people are interested in the derby, they can show up,” Pigman said. “It would be great to see some of the alumni come and interact with the younger Scouts. The event is going to be very informal.”

Scouting alumni also can bring their old Scout handbooks, derby cars and any other memorabilia from their days in Scouts to share.

According to the Boy Scouts of America website, most Cub Scouts celebrate Scouting Anniversary Week in February with the blue and gold banquet. In nearly all packs, the banquet is the highlight of the year.

The purpose of the banquet is to celebrate the pack’s anniversary, thank pack leaders and other adults who have helped and inspired the pack. The banquet can be a regular pack meeting with songs, skits, stunts and awards, or it can be something different and a little more special.

The blue and gold banquet also is a time of awards and reflection of the various activities, events and achievements that Scouts experienced during the past year.

Pigman said Pack 141 keeps busy with craft projects, tours of the community, activities including snowshoeing and even a winter camp. Scouts earn achievements for their work and experiences, and a group of Webelos recently earned the Arrow of Light Award.

“In Scouts, we teach kids life lessons, the values of being a man and growing up,” Pigman said. “It’s important to remember where you came from.”

At the March 1 Pinewood Derby, Scouts will be awarded for the fastest cars and best in show (how the car looks). Parents can compete, too, in an open class where they have one hour to work on a car from scratch before racing.

Though Scouting recruitment day is Sept. 18, kids can join anytime throughout the year, Pigman said. For more information on Pack 141, log onto pack141.myscoutlink.com.

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