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Why Cub Scouts Is All About Family, Friendship and Fun

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Pack 23 on the deck of a a WWII Aircraft Carrier Yorktown ship. (Photo via: Herald Independent)

For the fun-loving, adventure-seeking boys of today, Cub Scouts offers a world of discovery and exploration. But the program isn’t just for the boys – it’s for the whole family! Read on to hear Pack 23 of Winnsboro, South Carolina share that sentiment, along with what Cub Scouts is all about.

At the core of every successful Cub Scout Pack, there’s a team of dedicated leaders, volunteers and parents who devote their time to ensure Scouts and their families are having the best experience possible. And according to Pack 23, the term “family” has no boundaries. Scouting includes everyone.

“When we speak of parents or families, we are not referring to any particular family structure,” shared one of the founding Scout leaders of Pack 23, Dennis Brannon with Herald Independent. “Some boys live with two parents, some live with one parent, some have foster parents, and some live with other relatives or guardians. Whomever a boy calls his family is his family in Cub Scouting.”

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Pack 23 at camp (Photo via: Herald Independent)

Whether boys are taking their first camping trip or building a Pinewood Derby car, Pack 23 delivers exciting character-building activities that encourage boys to grow into successful men.

Brannon says parents have noticed dramatic changes in the boys since joining the Pack. He credits the program’s ability to instill ambition and a sense of fellowship in its youth members. 

“I’ve had parents tell me how their child’s behavior has improved and their grades are improving,” Brannon said. “Let’s face it, the most powerful influence in a child’s development is knowing others believe in them. I think they feel that in the Scouts. This is the first time in many of their young lives that they feel a sense of purpose, direction and belonging.”

The Pack provides the fun the boys crave, while also teaching them the values and lessons their parents can appreciate.

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The Pack at their Cub Scout meeting (Photo via: Herald Independent)

“As a parent, you want to be assured that the groups that your boy joins will teach values consistent with good citizenship, character development, and physical fitness. In a society where your son is taught that winning is everything, Cub Scouting teaches him to ‘do his best’ and to be helpful to others,” Brannon said. “Scouting teaches family values and works to strengthen your relationship with your son. Scouting activities can bring added value to the time you already have with your son.”

In Pack 23, like other Packs across the U.S., Cub Scouts invites boys into a unique type of family that only Scouting can provide.

Read the full story over on the Herald Independent to learn more about what Cub Scouts means to Pack 23.

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Hayley

Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.