Skating for the Scouts

People from all around Marion laced up their skates and hit the ice at Tabor Academy on Sunday, February 3, for a fundraiser to help support Cub Scout Pack 32.

The skating party was organized by the Cub Scout Parent Council in conjunction with the Marion Recreation Department, which offered its regular two-hour block of public skating at the rink for use by the scouts.

According to Matthew Baltz, president of the council and co-organizer, proceeds from the event will go to various scouting activities throughout the year.

“We’ll set up funding so kids can go to scout camp in the summer,” he said.  “It will also be used to offset trip costs.”

Many local businesses donated time or goods to the skating party.  Uncle Jon’s Coffee provided all the hot beverages for the guests and Kool Kone gave chips and bottled water to the fundraiser.

“We really couldn’t have done this as well without them helping out,” said Baltz.

This year, the 13 scouts in Pack 32 will be embarking on sleepovers at Camp Hadley, the U.S.S. Massachusetts, and the Boston Museum of Science.

While fun is always a big focus for scouting activities, these opportunities afford the young kids a lot of chances for personal growth and development.

“The Cub Scouts tries to instill a set of values in the kids,” said Baltz, who cited the importance of community service, teaching the pack respect for one another, and civil conflict resolution.

“These kids have learned to work together. They respect each other, they help each other out.  They do a great job working as a team,” he said.

By Eric Tripoli

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