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Scout’s honor: Helen Beaver has been leader of the pack for 50 years

JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST  Helen Beaver was recently recognized for her 50 years of service to the Boy Scouts of America. Beaver was den leader for Cub Scout packs 33 and 47 in Kannapolis. Tuesday, October 28, 2014, in Kannapolis, N.C.
JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST Helen Beaver was recently recognized for her 50 years of service to the Boy Scouts of America. Beaver was den leader for Cub Scout packs 33 and 47 in Kannapolis. Tuesday, October 28, 2014, in Kannapolis, N.C.

KANNAPOLIS — Helen Beaver once took her Cub Scouts to Atlanta to watch a Braves baseball game.

They were a little late to the ballpark, though, and when the “Star Spangled Banner” began playing, the entire pack stopped, looked up at the American flag and saluted.

A man who saw this display of patriotism came down from his seat and told Beaver how impressed he was.

“That’s what Scouting is about,” Beaver told the man. “Teach them the right way, and they’ll do the right thing.”

Beaver has been teaching boys the right way for 50 years. Earlier this year, she was honored for her half-century overseeing Cub Scout Pack 33, based at Trinity United Methodist Church — formerly Pack 47 at the old St. David’s Lutheran Church.

Well, her first half-century. At 80 years old, Beaver has no plans to stop.

“I still do everything I’ve always done,” she said last week at her north Kannapolis home. And, in good news for Cub Scouts, she’ll keep doing it all “as long as I can go.”

As long, she said, as there are “boys that I think I can help.”  Read more

(By Scott Jenkins, Salisbury Post. The Boy Scouts of America Communications Department was not involved in the creation of this content.)

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