ELIZABETHTOWN As the Boy Scouts of America celebrate their 100th anniversary, scouting in Elizabethtown is struggling to find leadership.
Packmasters are currently being sought for Cub Scout Pack 34 in Elizabethtown.
Three of Elizabethtowns six boy scouts recently spoke on how Scouting has influenced their lives. Timely Cox, 17, Caleb Hall, 16, and Alex Andrade, 14, have been involved in the Scouting program since elementary school.
Its made me a better person. I notice myself thinking in more of how I can help other people when I see other people pass those opportunities by, said Cox.
Hall agreed, adding that it helped him make the right decisions.
Scouting builds character, reinforcers morality and trust while creating leaders, Cox said.
Andrade said he enjoyed the activities the troop participated in. The Elizabethtown Boy Scouts visit Mount Norris Scout Camp, helps out with Field, Forest and Stream Day, and participate in the Klondike Derby.
All three plan on pursuing their Eagle Award, the highest rank in scouting which is earned by about four percent of Scouts. Eagle Scouts are disproportionately represented in the military, service academy graduates, major professions, business and politics.
To achieve an Eagle Scout award, scouts must earn badges in camping, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, family life, first aid, personal fitness, personal management, emergency preparedness, lifesaving, and cycling, hiking or swimming.
Hall said he hoped earning an Eagle rank would help him secure a scholarship for college.
The older Boy Scouts will also be assisting the Weeblos in earning their Arrow of Light, the only Cub Scouting badge which transfer onto the Boy Scout Uniform.
Troopmaster Kevin Hall said leaders were needed for Tiger, Wolf and Bear dens, which cater to younger scouts. Those interested in the Cubmaster position can contact George Salg for more information.
Kevin Hall said that having a strong youth program helps promote scouting on an older level.
Caleb Hall agreed, saying hed like to see more younger students take up Scouting. He, Cox and Andrade are all honor students and student athletes.
It's a really good thing for the kids to do, and it's a shame not more of them do so, said Cox.
Next week, the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner on Oct. 17. The proceeds raised will help the Scouting program.
The Scouts are currently holding their annual popcorn sale fundraiser. Orders may be placed at the dinner, or contact a Scout.