Andrew LeMaster

Christopher LeMaster is the senior patrol leader for Troop 224.

Cub Scout Pack 824 is part of the new Scout Me In campaign, which welcomes girls and boys in the iconic Cub Scout program.

Starting this summer, all youth are invited to say “Scout Me In” as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts. The program presents an energizing scouting experience that speaks to youth by putting them in the middle of the action. It also engages parents who are looking for ways to make the most of the time they have with their children and help them to be prepared for life.

Girls and boys in kindergarten through fifth grade are members of single-gender dens, groups of six to eight girls or boys who are in the same grade. Dens meet three times a month to learn new skills, play games and have fun. All of the dens meet together on the third Thursday of the month from August through May for a pack meeting. Scouts receive awards for the work done in den meetings and participate in games, skits and activities such as Pinewood Derby. The pack keeps the “outing” in scouting by camping three times a year.

Boys who have finished fifth grade or who are at least 11 years old are invited to join Troop 224. Troop 224 is boy led, with an emphasis on leadership skills and character development. The troop camps several times a year, including a week-long stay at Camp Geronimo near Payson. Other activities include hiking, biking, kayaking and service projects. They are planning a trip to San Diego to spend the night on the USS Midway and earn the aviation merit badge.

All interested families are invited to attend the “Back to Scouting” event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 15, at Esperanza Elementary School, 251 W. Mohawk Drive. For more information, contact Sandra House at scoutleader824@yahoo.com or visit pack824az.org or aztroop224.com.