Scouts launch love of science

By Ginger Livingston, The Daily Reflector.

073114huntboyscouts1A former governor and member of the Boy Scouts of America’s executive board on Wednesday witnessed how a drinking straw, paper clip and rubber band are being used to launch youngsters to new heights of success.

Former Gov. Jim Hunt and Temple Sloan, former owner of companies like Carquest, Advance Auto and the Carolina Hurricanes and now a member of the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, joined 20 Cub Scouts at the Ayden Boys & Girls Club to participate in a slingshot rocket building class offered through the BSA STEM Outreach Program.

The East Carolina Council of Boy Scouts of America, which serves 20 eastern counties including Pitt, launched the program last fall to introduce at-risk and minority boys ages 6-10 to Scouting through programming that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Ray Franks, the council’s chief executive officer, said.

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