2006-07-14 / Clubs & Organizations

SCOUT SCOOPS

Scouts don't take the summer off
BY JONATHAN ROUTE SPECIAL TO THE CHAMPION

TAKE THEM OUT TO THE BALLGAME Recently, the Pack 38 color guard presented the colors for the start of the Worcester Tornadoes game at Fitton Field. The Tornadoes went on to beat the Brockton Rox 5-0. SUBMITTED PHOTO TAKE THEM OUT TO THE BALLGAME Recently, the Pack 38 color guard presented the colors for the start of the Worcester Tornadoes game at Fitton Field. The Tornadoes went on to beat the Brockton Rox 5-0. SUBMITTED PHOTO Summer is here, the temperatures are climbing, and the kids are out of school. They've been counting down the days until the end of school for months now, planning every last detail of what they were going to do with they're freedom. Inevitably, they will fly through those plans within a week and then the complaints of "I'm bored" and "There's nothing to do," will rear their ugly heads.

Limiting the amount of video game time and forcing them to go out and get some exercise will only make things worse. The days of "kick the can" and "capture the flag" games are long gone. The mere mention of "kick the can" will surely be met with a head tilted questioning look as if you were speaking Swahili.

So, what to do with kids this summer? Throughout the city of Leominster there are numerous Boy Scout, Cub Scout, and Girl Scout groups running summertime programs and events for boys and girls of all ages. Along with teaching respect, honor, and citizenship, scouting also gives kids the opportunity to get out and do some interesting and fun things that they may not always get the chance to do. Among some of the planned activities are, Worcester Tornadoes games, fresh water and saltwater fishing, whale watches, zoo overnights, letterboxing hikes, campouts, and much more.

There are also a number of day and overnight camps offered throughout the summer months for scouts of all ages. Some groups will run their own "mini-camps" over long weekends at local campsites. One such "mini-camp" will be offering several classes with a well-known local environmental expert, classes on trust and teambuilding, as well as citizenship with local government officials. There will be plant identification hikes, rocket launching, and nature scavenger hunts among other things. Most scouting events are very family friendly with lots of parent participation, and all younger and older non-scout siblings are encouraged to join in.

Although scouting programs usually run on a school year calendar, the strength of our local scouting program allows for great opportunities during the vacation months. Summertime is a great time to join scouting, it gives the kids a chance to get familiar with the program and with the other kids in the pack or troop before the official scouting year begins in September.

So get the kids off the couch, away from the Playstation and the Gamecube and get them involved in the great scouting program offered in town. For information on joining a scouting group in Leominster or any scouting questions contact Jonathan Route at jroute13@msn.com

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