Cub Scout Pack 866 ...

Pictured is a previous years’ weekend camp out at Indian Hills Campground, a tradition with Cub Scout Pack 866 since it marks the beginning of their summer season.

Summer scouting activities usually start with placing flags on our fallen heroes at the Glen Allen Mortuary. Other activities include the San Diego County Fair, San Diego Padres, the Sun & Sea Parade and a beach day.

This year was especially hard because we couldn’t do these fun things. When the COVID 19 pandemic struck, Scouting as we know it changed. Although Cub Scout Pack 866 might not be hiking or camping these days, they are still meeting virtually.

The Pack did participate in a service project where they bagged up sticks of sidewalk chalk and are currently working on a project for National Grandparents Day on Sept. 13. They are writing cards to be delivered to the residents of St James Plaza. Also, since they couldn’t experience the “outing” in Scouting, the Pack has been working hard at the academic side.

During a virtual awards ceremony, the Pack awarded 54 Adventure completion certificates and recognized five Scouts for completing the advancement requirements for their current rank. In addition, there were two Scouts complete Math STEM Nova awards.

In a normal year, the new school year is a time to welcome new members that were invited at Back to School Nights or at Scout talks at school assemblies. Unfortunately, that is not available this year. Pack 866 has scheduled a virtual sign-up night for Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. Boys and girls in grades Kindergarten thru fifth grade are welcome. There will be fun games on Zoom, sharing experiences members have had on Scout outings, and answering questions about how our Pack is organized.

For more information, please email mbrandt10@cox.net.

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