The Linden Cub Scouts are looking for more members and more adult volunteers.
On Wednesday, Sept. 15, Pack 111 in Linden will hold a recruiting event at Hyatt Elementary at 6 p.m. for those interested in learning more.
The pack is accepting applications through October, said Cubmaster Bo Browning.
“Scouting offers a chance to get into the outdoors, builds bonds and teamwork skills. It gives the kids an opportunity to have experiences that they may not normally be able to experience. Scouting provides a safe environment for our scouts to dive into their own natural curiosity through hands-on experiences,” he said.
Cub Scouts are split into six groups, which are called dens, one for each grade from kindergarten to fifth grade.
“Not too long ago in Linden, there were so many Cub Scouts that they had to be divided up into three different packs, one for each elementary school. Now we barely have enough scouts to make one pack. I personally would love to see this pack live on,” Browning said.
Scouts programs across the country are dealing with declining membership. AP News reports that membership for the Boy Scouts of America cub scouts and other scouts programs dropped from 1.97 million in 2019 to 1.12 million in 2020, which is a 43% decrease.
The Linden Troop currently has 17 scouts, but nine will age out and transfer to the Boy Scouts at the end of this scouting year. They currently do not have any scouts in the youngest two dens, kindergarten and first grade.
“I think COVID was a big factor for the decline in membership, not to mention the lawsuit that the Boy Scouts are going through,” Browning said.
They’re also seeking more adult volunteers.
“If we get recruits in kindergarten or first grade, we will need leaders and assistant leaders for each of those dens. We also are in need of volunteers to help organize and facilitate our committee meetings, popcorn sales, Blue & Gold Banquet, Pinewood Derby, etc. Any volunteers would be great,” he said.
Cub Scouts is open to male and female scouts and leaders.
The group meets once a month on the last Tuesday of each month at the Linden Middle School cafeteria at 6 p.m. Individual dens meet twice a month.