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Winsted Cub Scouts get new leadership
Sept. 16, 2013

Recruiting event at Hainlin Park Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

WINSTED, MN – Winsted Cub Scouts Pack 399 is ready for a fresh fall, with new members, new activities, and new leadership.

Families interested in learning more about Cub Scouts can join existing participants Thursday, Sept. 19 at Winsted’s Hainlin Park (by the water tower) for an open house.

“We’ll have hot dogs, and there will be water rockets and other games,” acting Cubmaster David Anderson said. “Parents can ask questions, and if they’re interested, they can take an application and sign up.”

The event is also an opportunity for current Cub Scouts to pay their membership dues, which are $50 per year. Scholarships are available for those in need.

Cub Scouts is open to boys in kindergarten through sixth grade, and each age group has its own “den.”

“In Winsted, there is a pack meeting once a month, and the dens meet one or two times per month,” Anderson said.

For the 2013-14 year, the Winsted Cub Scouts pack will be sponsored by the Winsted American Legion Auxiliary.

Earlier this year, the pack had been sponsored by St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted. However, due to a new Boy Scouts of America policy affirming openly homosexual youth, the church decided to separate itself from the national organization.

Many of the volunteer leaders and board members who had been helping with Cub Scouts also separated their affiliation at that time. (A full story about the policy and its impact in Winsted appeared on page 1A of the Herald Journal’s June 17 edition.)

Although St. John’s opted not to continue to charter the Cub Scouts, Pastor Mark Loder (who had served as Cubmaster for four years) said in June he hoped the pack would find new leaders, and continue to be part of the community.

Several parents and den leaders also wanted Cub Scouts to remain in Winsted, and stepped forward to help.

“Cub Scouts is about training tomorrow’s leaders while having fun in the process,” Anderson said. “We are working on keeping all of the things that worked well in the past, and also adding some new activities and projects.”

So far on the schedule this fall, the Winsted Cub Scouts are planning to build a catapult big enough to fling pumpkins, help the Winsted Lake Association repair “thin ice” signs, take lessons on the climbing walls at Vertical Endeavors in Minneapolis, and host robotics classes using the new Lego Mindshift Robotic kits.

They’re also looking forward to visiting WCCO for its morning TV broadcast, hosting a mass rocket build and launch, planning an ice fishing contest, attending the Stearns Boy Scout Camp Polar Fest, and hosting the local annual Pinewood Derby car race.

For more information about the Winsted Cub Scouts, go to the Thursday, Sept. 19 open house in Hainlin Park, or contact Anderson at (612) 986-9461 or danderson@digitallakeinc.com.

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