Posted 10/06/15 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
It’s often said there’s not enough for kids to do in the area.
You wouldn’t know it from the kids in the Tioga Cub Scout Pack 350. At a meeting this month, 27 elementary school boys received rockets they will build and launch.
They also looked at some aluminum ingots. The boys will be carving casts from foam insulation, which will be filled with melted aluminum to create metal toys the kids design themselves.
And that’s just what they’ll be doing in the next month.
“They have lots of neat, fun projects — sometimes messy ones,” said Angie Thompson, whose 9-year-old son, Luke, is in Pack 350.
In addition to these recent activities, the boys have gone camping, raced pinewood cars and made lots of friends.
Up in Crosby, Pack 338 is doing a lot of similar activities. The scouts in that pack recently carved soap figures.
“They thought that was awesome,” said Tammy Knudson, who is the volunteer Scoutmaster for the Crosby Boy Scouts.
Between the Crosby Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, there are about 30 active kids, Knudson said.
Brandon Merritt, 9, has been with the Tioga Cub Scouts for a couple of years. He said he once built a toolbox.
“It’s couched in such an interesting and boy-centric kind of way,” said Jen Koehlinger, Cubmaster for the Tioga Cub Scouts.
Brandon’s mother, Kneesaa, whose 7-year-old son Austin is also in Pack 350, said the activities keep her boys active.
“They’ve had so much fun,” she said. “They’re really excited about it.”
Mike and Jen Koehlinger have served as the volunteer Cubmasters in Tioga for the past couple of years. In September, they started advertising to build up membership.
“We are trying to expand our outreach into the community,” Jen Koehlinger said.
The effort is paying off, with group membership increasing by several boys so far this year.
“Holy cow, how we’ve grown,” Jen Koehlinger said at the meeting as she looked over the whole group. A couple of parents were busy filling out new membership forms.
“Families are a big part of our community, and scouts are important to families,” said Steven Lowe, district executive for the Boy Scouts of America.
Lowe is an employee of the national organization and helps local chapters organize and operate throughout the region, including chapters in Crosby, Stanley, Watford City, Williston and Tioga.
While the fun activities keep the kids entertained, the scouts also instill positive values.
Jeff Molberg, who is in the Tioga chapter, said his son, Gunnar, has learned a lot about teamwork. The Scouts are also a tradition in his family.
“I was a scout growing up,” Molberg said.
Tradition runs deep up in Crosby as well.
“The grandpas of the kids in 338 were in Scouts when they were kids,” Knudson said.
Any Crosby-area parents wishing to get their boys involved in Scouts can contact Knudson at 965-6347.
Tioga-area parents can call Jen Koehlinger at 664-2530 or just come to the next meeting. Pack 350 meets on the first and third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Zion Church.