Cub Scouts Pack 346 kicks off scouting year

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Cub Scouts Pack 346 will be kicking off its scouting year on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Lamb’s Fellowship, 21901 Railroad Canyon Rd., Lake Elsinore, 92532. Those interested in joining are asked to attend the meeting. Pack 346 serves Canyon Lake, Canyon Hills and Tuscany Hills and is for boys in kindergarten through 5th grades.

Cub Scouting is a year-round, family-oriented part of the Boy Scouts of America program designed for boys who are in kindergarten through 5th grades. Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the 10 purposes of Cub Scouting: citizenship, compassion, cooperation, courage, faith, health and fitness, honesty, perseverance, positive attitude, resourcefulness, respect and responsibility

The Cub Scouting program has 10 purposes related to the overall mission of the Boy Scouts of America to build character, learn citizenship, and develop personal fitness. They are: character development, spiritual growth, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness, family understanding, respectful relationships, personal achievement, friendly service, fun and adventure and preparation for Boy Scouts.

The Cub Scouts program is centered primarily in the den, the home, and the neighborhood, but often takes place in the outdoors. It leads to advancement through six ranks. With the exception of Bobcat rank, the ranks are grade or age-based. The ranks are:

Bobcat: Earned first by all Cub Scouts, no matter what age they join.

Tiger: For boys who have completed kindergarten or are seven years old.

Wolf: For boys who have completed 1st grade or are eight years old.

Bear: For boys who have completed 2nd grade or are nine years old.

Webelos: For boys who have completed 3rd grade or are 10 years old.

Arrow of Light: For boys who have completed 4th grade.

Cub Scouts do not go back and work on ranks designed for earlier grade levels, even if missed due to their time of joining. Likewise, Cub Scouts do not move ahead to the next rank until the completion of the current school year (or until their next birthday if their chartered organization transitions by age).

For more information, email cubscout346mom@gmail.com.

Pack 346 kicked off its annual Popcorn Fundraiser on Aug. 19. Sales from the fundraiser help to fund activities for campouts and other events. Scouts from Pack 346 will be selling popcorn at a booth in front of Stater Bros. in Canyon Hills on the following dates:

Aug. 19 and 24, Sept. 1, Sept. 8 through Sept. 10 and Sep. 16 and 17. Thursday and Friday hours are 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Scouts will also be collecting donations for “Popcorn for the Military.” Last year, the they donated $500 worth of popcorn to local military and vets through Veterans Support Services Network in Temecula. They sent $500 worth of popcorn to deployed soldiers overseas and to a group at Camp Pendleton Marine Base the previous year.

For more information about Pack 346’s Popcorn Fundraiser, email socalpack346@gmail.com.

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