Bedford Cub Pack 511 to hold joining event Sept. 11

Although Cub Scouting is a year-round activity, the scout pro­gram year generally follows the school year. That means that local boys entering grades 1 through 4 this September now have the op­portunity to join Cub Pack 511, chartered to St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Bedford.

On Friday night, Sept. 11, the Pack will host an information night in its own meeting space, the activity center and gymnasi­um at St. Elizabeth Seton, 190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. This is the usual location for Pack 511 Den Meetings, held three weeks a month, on Fridays. The unit holds a Pack meeting one Friday evening of each month in the church hall, also at St. Elizabeth Seton.

Cub Scouting is the foundation of the Boy Scouts of America or­ganization. While it is designed for boys in the first through fifth grades, the program really involves the whole family – as parents pitch in to plan and deliver activities. Cub Scouting is affirmative and fun fo­cused. There are currently 1.3 mil­lion Cub Scouts and 395,000 adult volunteers in the United States.

Let’s face it, when you’re a kid, fun comes first. Final exams, driv­er’s ed and summer jobs will arrive soon enough. Cub Scouts lets kids have fun while teaching them skills that will help them later on. From the thrill of shooting an arrow to learning how to transform a block of wood into a race car, Cub Scouts is one thrill after another.

With a program expertly tai­lored to match each age in a young boy’s life, Cub Scouts learn that even when fun isn’t easy, it’s always an adventure. In Scouting, every­thing that’s fun also has a purpose. The program shows youth that do­ing their best is the most fun of all.

Each pack has dedicated vol­unteer leaders and other adults who are tasked with teaching Cub Scouts fun and valuable lessons that will help them progress in the program and in life.

But what makes Cub Scouts truly unique is the opportuni­ty it gives the entire family to be involved in each child’s de­velopment. In keeping with the movement’s family orientation, parents usually become the Den Leaders and Pack Leaders who learn about the scouting program with their sons, and help facili­tate the delivery of the program to a local Pack. Whether by vol­unteering to work with the pack behind the scenes, or leading small group activities at home, parents are needed as leaders.

What better way to take full advantage of the extra time they’ll have participating in their Cub Scout’s life? After all, your son will only be this age once.

For more information on Pack 511, contact Dan Jobin at 644 -0159.