Bedford Cub Scouts Pack 511 to host open house Sept. 6

Bedford’s Cub Scout Pack 511, sponsored by St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, is hot off the trail this summer, with Cubs attending resident camp at Camp Carpenter. They also did an indoor rock climbing night and will be hosting an Introduction to Cub Scouting Open House at 6:30 p.m, Thursday, Sept. 6, in the Parish Activity Center at 190 Meetinghouse Road.

Ten boys from the Pack spent Fourth of July week at Camp Carpenter, where they shot bb guns and archery, spent time on the Long Lake Waterfront, challenged their physical fitness and honed their Scouting skills. In August, they participated in a rock climbing night at Evolution Climbing and Fitness Center in Concord. Now, they are set to host their second annual Nerf-Shooter Challenge Open House.

This year they invite families of boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade to attend, to get more information on joining Cub Scouts with Pack 511. Boy Scouts of America has expanded its national program to include girls aged 5-11, in “Scouts USA.”

Boys and girls are encouraged to bring their own Nerf-N-Strike Elite Series shooters, or use one of the Pack’s, if you don’t have one. The Pack will supply the ammunition, and will offer a challenge course of shooting activities to test speed, accuracy and their ability to have fun!

The pack will also be accepting new registrations on Sept. 6 for the coming Scouting program year. Registration includes the cost of joining Boy Scouts of America, a Boy’s Life magazine subscription, all monthly awards and recognitions and insurance.

Pack 511’s program year runs from September to June, and Scouts have the opportunity to attend resident or day camp programs in the summer. Monthly activities include the traditional Pinewood Derby, Chuckwagon Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet, as well as camping, hiking, fishing, rock climbing events and other activities.

Both the Lion program (for kindergarteners) and the Tiger program (for first-graders) are designed to be a “parent-and-me” experience.

Parents are a valuable resource to running the Pack, and serve as Den and Pack leaders, committee members, or may just help out with den meetings and events.

Pack 511 is entering its fifth charter year. It is chartered to Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Bedford, but there are no restrictions or requirements of faith or location to join. Den meetings are held weekly, with one being a full Pack meeting, at which special programs are offered and Cubs’ recognitions and rank advancements are awarded.

For more information, contact Dan Jobin, Pack 511 committee chairman, at 644-0159. Visit and like us on Facebook at CubScoutPack511.