If there is one thing that 2020 has taught us, it’s that we need outlets to feel connected and involved now more than ever – even if it’s through socially distant or virtual interactions.
Since mid-March, members of Pack 33 from Durham and Middlefield have continued to “Scout on” both in person and virtually. Our Scouts have earned numerous belt loops for scouting adventures and some special awards relating to conservation and the impact of invasive plants and animals on an ecosystem. They’ve even learned about mummification!
For the first time in our Pack’s history, we had numerous scouts complete Nova Awards, which are STEM-based and require scientific experiments that were completed alongside a Cubmaster and scientist from another community.
One Nova recipient, William Putnam, age 8, noted: “I really loved learning about Mars and making my own Mars Rover!”
Our local adventures have included hiking, food drives, virtual Bingo and a day at Lake Beseck. Also, our Dens made letters for senior citizens at a local nursing care facility to help them battle the loneliness that isolation can bring, and some of us had a private tour of Meigs Point with Ranger Russ.
Many of us engaged in virtual campfires with local firemen, where Scouts learned about fire safety and how to start a fire, and even enjoyed s’mores with eachother, over Zoom.
Members of Pack 33 and Troop 33 attended virtual National Campouts and worked on Merit Badges and Cub Scout adventures, all from the comfort of their own homes and tents in their backyards.
Pack 33 is excited for the future of scouting in Durham and Middlefield. We have monthly hikes planned, swimming safety classes at Lake Beseck, Den bike rides and campouts to look forward to.
While we cannot wait to be together again in our Packs and Dens as we used to be, we will continue to “Scout on” and have fun together!