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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Cub Scouts: A positive influence for today’s youth

Cub Scouts: A positive influence for today’s youth

Scouting is a positive program for children who are facing many negative influences in today’s world.

Cub Scouts, a precursor for kids who can later join the Boy Scouts organization, is geared for boys in grades first through fifth. It promotes, fun, friendship and family togetherness.

Cub Scouts also offer the ability to parents who want to volunteer with their child’s pack.

The Cub Scout programs follow the school year with the different Dens meeting once or twice a month to work on their achievements. A monthly pack meeting of all of the Dens also takes place so that ideas can be shared, new friends can be met and fun can be had!

August through May is filled with additional activity days for the Cub Scouts that include both learning and fun such as space and pinewood derbies, overnight sleepovers at the zoo and campouts. Cub Scouts work on fulfilling their achievements throughout the year to progress to the next level.

“The Boy and Cub Scouts of America centers on God, country and family and their achievements (badges) are centered on the same principles,” said local Cub Master Dawn Theriot.

Each level of the Cub Scouts has different accomplishments of varying degrees of difficulty. Accomplishments for God include ways of interacting more within each child’s particular religion. Family accomplishments include things like family game nights and a trip with the Cub Scout’s family including figuring out the cost for the trip and where to go. Accomplishments for Country have included helping out at the local Veteran’s Memorial Wall on Memorial Day.

“The Cub Scouts of America is about improving the livelihood and education of boys and striving to help children to grow up to be responsible and mature adults. It’s a little more difficult to see in the first grade how much Cub Scouts impacts a child, but over the years it starts to sink in. I see a definite difference in my son since he began in first grade,” Theriot said.

Boys, grades first through fifth, who will want the opportunity to attend a day camp in June as a Cub Scout Tiger can join now and start working on achievements that will carry over to their club goals. The theme for this year’s day camp is Cub Scouts take Flight and promises a well-balanced variety of activities and the ability to learn new skills and make new friends.

The summer day camp, which will kick-off the new year in scouting, will take place from June 1 through 5 and will be located at Camp Chilantakoba in Houma. The camp will be filled with all kinds of learning opportunities and physical activities for the kids such as sports and art and science projects.

Nature hikes, archery, BB gun lessons and water sports also take place during the fun-packed week.

Parents can learn more about the day camp and register their kids at the Boy Scouts of America Southeast Louisiana Council’s website at But hurry because the last day for registration for the day camp is on May 27.

For more information about the summer day camp parents can contact the Day Camp Director, Mary Levron at (985) 859-5265 or at

Flyers are sent out to schools during April and sign-ups for the Cub Scouts will take place at local schools normally from August through September.

Dues for the Boy Scouts of America Southeast Louisiana Council are only $2 a month and one dollar for insurance. Pack dues are $50 dollars, however Cub Scouts have the opportunity of waiving their dues if they sell a certain amount of fundraising popcorn.

For more information on joining the local Cub Scouts contact Dawn Theriot at (985) 381-6743.