Though COVID-19 has presented challenges to everyone in the world, the Scouting program thrived throughout 2020. We are so very proud that we were able to offer a hybrid of virtual and in-person opportunities for our families to continue along on their Scouting journey. These are some of the many great activities that our Pack 12 Scouts participated in during 2020.
Cleaning up around the community
A Scout is helpful, and one of the many ways we help the community is by cleaning up litter in various areas around town. In 2020, our pack participated in the Yellow Bag Clean Up Day in April and the Diamond Hill Park Clean Up Day in August. Our pack has been featured in the 1,000,000 Pounds of Trash blog, and our Scouts have earned their Messenger of Peace award for their efforts to clean up the community.
Riding on the Blackstone River Bikeway
Our Scouts love to ride their bikes on the bike trail! We enjoy meeting up on spring and summer evenings by the Ashton Mill and riding for several miles. The Scouts also enjoy taking a break to look for fish, turtles, and other creatures in the Blackstone River. Often, older Scouts from Troop 12 accompany us and help to lead the bike trek. Parents and siblings enjoy riding or walking, too. We look forward to getting out to the bike trail again in 2021!
Volunteering at Franklin Farm
Our pack has a great partnership with Franklin Farm in Cumberland. The Community Garden program at Franklin Farm provides literal tons of food to food insecure families each year. Our Scouts volunteer on the farm throughout the summer months, helping to plant seeds, pull weeds, pick vegetables, package and weight vegetables, and prepare the garden for the winter months.
Visiting Adams Farm
Our pack loves to visit Adams Farm every fall to partake in traditional seasonal New England activities. This year, the Scouts enjoyed taking a hayride on a tractor, navigating their way through a cornmaze, and feeding farm animals.
Hiking at Lincoln Woods
As our fifth grade Scouts – also known as “Arrow of Light” Scouts – begin to transition into the Scouts BSA program for older Scouts, they begin to take on greater leadership roles in the pack. In November, our four “AOL” Scouts planned, organized, and led a great hike at Lincoln Woods. We hiked for several miles, found several geocaches, and went fishing – and all activities were led by our awesome fifth graders!
Open Adventure at Camp Champlin
Scouting for Food Drive