Scouting Update and Annual Report

Holy Cross Episcopal Church

Cub Scout Pack 283

2016 Annual Report

This was our first complete year and we have grown to 28 boys and 11 adult leaders currently on the roster.  We have 4 Dens, one each of Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelo. We advanced nearly everyone to the next rank in August at our Fishing Campout. Scouting is open to any boy 6-11.  Fall Round up nearly doubled our roster. The majority of our scouts attend various local elementary schools.

We have had two campouts at Holy Cross and one in Burgaw at the home of one of our Scouts grandparents this year. The Den meetings, Pack meetings and camp outs are designed to allow the boys to learn and demonstrate leadership, character and skills for the years ahead.  Field trips have included hikes in the local parks, trips to the fire department, UNCW forensics lab, Holy Cross property and beach clean-up, participation in Meals-on-wheels and Scout Sunday.  

A big event in the Scouting year is the Pinewood Derby.  This year we had a great time with racing our cars in the Holy Cross parking lot.  We borrowed a track from Pack 206 for our race.  Our top racer went on to take 2nd place in the Coastal District.  We look forward to being more competitive this year.  Owning our own track is a long-term project for the Scouts.  Another is a storage building for the equipment we are accumulating and a privacy fence for the aluminum can collection point.  Scouts have assumed responsibility for the recycling of aluminum cans, foil, pie pans, trays, etc.

We are grateful for the generous gifts and the support given to the Pack by the Vestry and Parish family.  We are self-funded via dues, Popcorn and Camp Card Sales during the year.  We are very thankful and appreciate Holy Cross for their Outreach donation of $120/ quarter.  During the Spring Camp Card sales effort, the boys received nearly $140 in donations.  They decided to buy two tents.  We have been the recipients of several gifts; sleeping bags, tents, lanterns and additional camping equipment. 

We have been very busy with retirement of American Flags.  To date we have respectfully retired 14 old worn US flags.  This has been a very moving event for the boys and they seem to look forward to the ceremony.

The Pack will begin the re-charter process in December for 2017.  We look to grow and continue to develop the program in the year ahead.  Our proposed budget, activities, leader training will require continued support by Holy Cross, the Parish family, parents and its membership.  All meetings are open and all leaders receive Youth Protection Training and back ground checks.  We need to look at forming a Scout Troop (11-18 years old) in the next year to 18 months.

Thank you, Holy Cross for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these young men.

Scott Yeakey

Cub master/Charter Organization Representative

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