Pack 250 and Pack 255 of the local Boy Scouts of America will be hosting a Cub Scout Rally beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, 1111 Downs Avenue The local Boy Scouts are part of the Cimarron Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Cub Scouting is for boys and their families who are in the first through fifth grades. They do many various activities, including making pinewood derby cars, push mobiles and model boats for racing in Scout events. They earn badges, go camping, swimming, fishing, shoot archery and BB guns, tell stories, play sports, perform service projects, explore nature and participate in special events, such as parades. This is the perfect opportunity for boys interested in becoming a Cub Scout to sign up and become part of a local pack.

“I think the Boy Scouts are one of the best leadership programs for youth right now in the United States,” said David Sauls, scout master of Pack 251. “We need community leaders in the future and this is where our community leaders are coming from.”

Sauls said surveys have shown that many of the local civic leaders, ministers, government officials and other leaders have come from the scouting program - he said the same thing can be said about the Girls Scouts of America. Sauls himself was an Eagle Scout, along with his two brothers and now both of his sons. He said it’s just a family tradition.

“I think it (scouting) helped me get into college, prepared me for college, gave me the skills I needed to go to college and later on in life it helped get me the job I have now,” said Sauls. He is a Deputy Inspector with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI). “It made me mindful that I need to be civic-oriented and involved in civic affairs.”

Those wanting to become Cub Scouts are reminded to bring a parent or guardian with them to the Rally on Thursday evening. Representatives from the Cimarron Council and local packs will be available to assist you and your family in joining the Cub Scouts. The membership fee will be $15.10, which registers the scout through all of 2006 and 2007. Remember, Cub Scouting is a family program and parents or guardians do participate with their sons in the fun and leadership.

Each new scout that joins will receive a “Race to Scouting” lunch box that includes a pinewood derby car. Scouts participate in pack, district and council events as well.

“We need great scouts and leaders,” said Sauls. “We have some great leadership with our council now ... people that are willing to be committed and help in civic activities and organizations - whether it be civic or church group - a lot of former scouts are involved in our church leadership as well.”

For more information about the Cub Scout Rally contact Michael Adam at 234-3652 or toll free 1-866-67 SCOUTS; Kim Wilson at 334-1401; John McVicker at 256-6356.

You can also log on to to find out more about scouting in Northwest Oklahoma. The Cimarron Council, Boy Scouts of America is located in Enid.

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