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Cub Scouts receive highest award

Wayne Hathaway  presents Bill Johnson with the Pack of the Year award. - Photo courtesy Pack 500
Wayne Hathaway presents Bill Johnson with the Pack of the Year award.
— image credit: Photo courtesy Pack 500

On March 12, at a gala dinner hosted by the Boy Scouts of America’s Pacific Harbors Council in Tacoma, Washington, in celebration of accomplishments by scouting units and volunteers, the Enumclaw Cub Scout Pack 500 was presented the Pack of the Year Award for the Sleeping Giant District. “Pack of the Year” is the highest award a Cub Scout unit can receive in the district, and the occasion marked the fourth time in the last five years that Enumclaw’s Pack 500 has been distinguished with the honor.

Pack 500 was one of many Cub Scout units nominated and considered for the prestigious award, before being selected as this year’s recipient from among more than 60 different Cub Scout Packs in the region. Cubmaster Bill Johnson states the award acknowledges a robust program of activities and community service projects that is year-round, especially fun, and both challenging and rewarding for the boys and their families.

Highlights of the Pack 500 program in 2008 extolled at the dinner were: its annual Scouting for Food drive that generated more than 1,200 pounds of nonperishable food for the Plateau Outreach Ministries food bank; three different city parks and facilities clean-up projects; participation in city parades; multiple summer camping opportunities; and a rich variety of diverse activities that included BB guns, archery, bicycling, roller skating, hiking, bowling, backpacking, swimming, a trip to see the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium, and even a private screening of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” at the Enumclaw Chalet Theatre.

Also recognized as distinctive of Pack 500 was its spirit of patriotism, exemplified in its performance of several flag ceremonies and presentations on flag etiquette in Enumclaw schools, its posting of flags in Evergreen Memorial Park on Memorial Day, and its participation in the VFW Post 1949 Color Guard and Memorial Honor Guard ceremonies at the Enumclaw Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Day.

“It’s all part of developing exceptional character and civic values in boys who will grow into exemplary young men, and eventually become leaders in our community,” says Johnson, who adds with emphasis, “The best part is that everything we do is fun,” and the boys are rewarded for their efforts and accomplishments along the way.

Cub Scout Pack 500 is chartered through Enumclaw Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1949. Families interested in joining the Cub Scouting adventure should contact Bill Johnson, Cubmaster Pack 500 at 360-802-2208.

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