2012-07-06 / Community

Cub Scouts Celebrate A Successful First Year


Webelos den leader Robby Schwach (left), with his son Corey and Corey’s new achievement pins. He is a 4th generation Scout, tracing his Cub roots to his great-grandfather, Stanley, who was a scout leader in Far Rockaway. Webelos den leader Robby Schwach (left), with his son Corey and Corey’s new achievement pins. He is a 4th generation Scout, tracing his Cub roots to his great-grandfather, Stanley, who was a scout leader in Far Rockaway. It was at this time last summer when a small group of adults gathered together to initiate Pack 147 of the Cub Scouts. After several training sessions, a group of dedicated parents began recruiting for prospective cubs in hopes of starting the Pack’s first year with at least ten kids. With all of the activities available to youth in the west end, the Pack leadership wasn’t sure if there would be enough interest.

With the West End Temple in Neponsit graciously willing to give the Pack a home, the group forged ahead. “If you build it, THEY will come.” The response from the community was overwhelming, with more than 40 boys, assigned to four different dens (Tiger Cubs, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos) taking part in activities this past year.


Stanley Schwach (right), and his son Howie in 1940s Far Rockaway. Stanley Schwach (right), and his son Howie in 1940s Far Rockaway. In late May, the Pack members and their families gathered together for that tried and true Cub Scout tradition, the “Blue and Gold Dinner,“ where more than 30 kids proudly received their achievement awards. Cubmaster Bill Scanlan emceed the festivities and thanked the many Moms and Dads who helped throughout the year. The group plans summer activities including a sleep-over camping trip at MCU Ballpark after a Brooklyn Cyclones game, and looks forward to expanding next year.



Cubmaster Bill Scanlan proudly poses with the Tiger Cub den. Cubmaster Bill Scanlan proudly poses with the Tiger Cub den.

Michael Doda poses with sons Liam and Michael. Michael Doda poses with sons Liam and Michael.

Why do the leaders volunteer? Cubmaster Bill Scanlan, who fondly remembers his own Boy Scout days, congratulates his son Haiden after the ceremony. Why do the leaders volunteer? Cubmaster Bill Scanlan, who fondly remembers his own Boy Scout days, congratulates his son Haiden after the ceremony.

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