Rich life experiences are indispensable. Doing activities together becomes more important than ever the older we get. The valuable stories, lessons and experiences our youth can learn from our elders is so valuable. Every year Cub Scouts from Pack 982 spend time during the holidays with the residents of Madison House. They play bingo, bring presents, and share refreshments. This has become an annual activity that the scouts and adults look forward to every year.
As Scouts, we know how fortunate we are to have a warm meal every night — whether around the campfire or at the kitchen table. And we know that not everyone is so lucky.
That’s the genesis of Scouting for Food, the annual food-collection drive run by our National Area Capital Council. It’s a reminder to our communities that Scouts are here, doing good turns.
Scouting for Food takes place on two consecutive weekends. On the first weekend, Scouts distribute bags and/or door hangers to let their neighbors know about the drive. On the second weekend, Scouts revisit those houses to pick up bags full of canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishable items. The food is then delivered to our local food bank and distributed to families in need.
Doing service projects together is one way that Cub Scouts keep their promise “to help other people.” Service projects may help the natural world, the community, or the chartered organization. While a Scout should do their best to help other people every day, a group service project is a bigger way to help people. Every year, our pack takes time to clean up trash around Balls Bluff Elementary School. This is our way of doing something that’s good for your community and our school.