New England scouts have fun-filled season

The boys that make up the New England Cub Scouts troop 59 have had another exciting year, filled with not only scouting activities, but also giving back to their own community.

(Back Row) L to R: Eli Hoerath, Daniel Hoerath, Mark Fitterer, Maddix Wisham, McKoy Stecher. (Front Row) L to R: RyLynn Stecher, Ainsley Stecher, Brianna Hoerath, Brayden Krebs. (Photo by Rachel Bock/For The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK
For The Herald

The boys that make up the New England Cub Scouts troop 59 have had another exciting year, filled with not only scouting activities, but also giving back to their own community.

The 10 young scouts, along with their leaders, have participated in nine months worth of activities, and went to a schedule where they have scouts every month during the entire year. The change to a year-round schedule was started last year, simply due to the fact of how difficult it was for the boys to learn and do all the activities in the scout manual that they needed to accomplish in a nine month time frame.

Opening the schedule to 12 months versus nine helped with the overall scouting experience for the boys.

Last summer, the boys went on a fun overnight camping adventure to Indian Creek, and they are currently planning their upcoming summer camp out, something that the leaders and parents are letting the boys decide where they want to go.

Den Leader Sarah Krebs said that since they did a trial run in going to Indian Creek, this summer they are looking at expanding their horizons and the troop is looking at going to a bigger campsite, somewhere a little farther from home.

First place McKoy Stecher, second place Maddix Wisham, third place Mark Fitterer. (Photo by Rachel Bock/For The Herald)

Their summer campouts would not be made possible without the money that the boys raise during their annual popcorn fundraiser. The money that is raised during the fundraiser is used for fun activities such as the summer camping retreat.

“We did our popcorn sales which was amazing,” Krebs said. “And we are very grateful to our community for their support of our boys.”

This year, not only have the scouts learned about camping, but they have done several activities that included learning better eating habits, to the older boys learning how to whittle on soaps along with how to properly sharpen their knives. The scouts have also participated in some service projects this year that involved helping clean up after the St. Mary’s Fall Festival and they are hoping to be involved in the annual spring cleanup in New England this spring.

The biggest event for the scouts took place this last Saturday at the Memorial Hall as the boys along with their siblings raced their wooden cars in the Pinewood Derby. The New England Pinewood Derby is split into two divisions, the scout class and the open class division. Eight scouts raced their cars in the scout division and in the open class seven siblings of the cub scouts, and one dad each raced a car.  The cars and the race were judged by Shane Dinius, and John (Popper) Plaggemeyer. This year’s Pinewood Derby first place winner was McKoy Stecher, second place was Maddix Wisham, and third place went to Mark Fitterer. Stecher advanced to the district Pinewood Derby in Dickinson on Sunday March 26.

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