For over a century, Cub Scouting has helped young children learn the skills they’ll need as Scouts and as citizens.

Pack 43 is celebrating six decades of this work in Ravenswood, Pack 43 Cubmaster Erik Summers said.

Chartered with First United Methodist Church since 1959, Pack 43 was one of the first groups offering these opportunities to Jackson County youth.

Pack 43 brings 73 Cub Scouts together for regular group activities. Asked why he thought Pack 43 had endured for six decades, Summers said, “I think because the parents are really dedicated to their kids.”

Because of their young ages, the pack’s youth require more parental involvement than Scout troops. Cub Scout packs serve both boys and girls ages 5 to 11, and the BSA Troops serve youth ages 11 to 17.

“We really want to make sure that they get the best experiences out of their childhood as we can give them,” Summers said.

It’s a local offshoot of the worldwide Scouting movement, founded by British military officer Robert Baden-Powell in 1907 and brought to America in 1910. Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic soon sought to include younger kids in the program.

According to the Boy Scouts of America’s website, Baden-Powell introduced a “wolf cubbing” program for Britain’s soon-to-be boy scouts in 1914, inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” The Boy Scouts of America followed suit in 1929 with a similar program.

Each group of children is called a “pack” and is usually based at a school or religious institution. The Pack meets once a month.

“Dens” organized by age meet weekly. A scout begins in the Lion Den in kindergarten, and works their way up to “Webelos,” shorthand for “we’ll be loyal scouts,” in fourth and fifth grades.

“We’re always trying to emphasize the Scout Law, Scout Oath and the Scout Motto, and making sure the children are following those ideals, not just at our meetings, but in the outside world too,” Summers said.

The Law states that a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

The Scout Oath says: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” The Scout motto is “Be prepared.”

This past year, Pack 43 has been extremely busy, Summers said. Scouts built their own Pinewood Derby cars and raced them in a Pack Race, a District Race, and a Council Race. They also participated in a bike rodeo, went Scouting for Food, raised over $2,000 worth of items for Hurricane Relief, planted numerous trees for Earth Day, hosted four separate Team Up 2 Clean Up’s in Ravenswood, and sponsored the Annual Ohio River Sweep.

Scouts also went on four different camping trips, completed several hikes, held an outdoor campfire celebration, spread asphalt millings at Sherman Roadside Park, and hosted their first Campsgiving. These were just a few activities; there are far too many den-level adventures to mention, Summers said.

“This year we also started a Hiking Club, where Scouts are encouraged to Hike in a Pack Hike per month,” Summers said.

All Hikes are logged and the Scouts that Hike the most will be rewarded at the end of the year.

“We have also moved forward with performing one community service project per month on a Pack level. In the past year we have performed over 2,600 community service hours,” Summers said.

Some of the exciting adventures Pack 43 will be participating in the next couple months include: Game Night Lock-In, Building Pinewood Derby cars and racing them against other Pack Scouts, snow tubing at Winterplace, participating in a Pinewood Derby Festival Camp Out and more.

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Pack 43’s leaders invite all who were members during the past 60 years to come and share their memories at the Blue and Gold Banquet, which will be held Feb. 23 from 5 to 7p.m. at First United Methodist Church on Flinn Street in Ravenswood.

Pack 43 Cub Scouts is open to Boys and Girls in Kindergarten thru 5th Grade

For Information on Joining Pack 43 and their long tradition of serving the youth of Ravenswood please call Erik Summers at 304.531.8452 or find them on Facebook at: Pack 43 Cub Scouts Ravenswood