Scouting programs welcome new members

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted youth activities in Northwestern Montana, scouting has continued and activities are planned during the winter months, according to the Northwestern District of Montana. Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America.

“Scouting helps prepare young people in America to be responsible, participating citizens and leaders,” said district committee chairman Tom Sward, adding that the longstanding motto of Scouts is “Be Prepared.”

During the pandemic, Scouts have combined efforts to produce thousands of face coverings through sewing sites and 3D printing to help first responders, Sward said in a press release. Units held food drives to feed the hungry, and camping and hiking continued.

Upcoming district events include a Klondike Derby in January (winter camp), Cub Winter Day in February, and the annual Pinewood Derby in the spring. The Montana Council is hosting an international exposition in Great Falls next June. All Scouts and their families are welcome. Scout units from Canada, Japan and Europe have already registered. Adventure Troops, Packs and Crews have a full calendar of activities in addition to District and Council events.

Regional groups include the Cub Scout Packs (girls and boys ages 5-10), BSA Scout Troops (girls and boys ages 11-18), and Venture Crew (men and women ages 14-20). Those interested in joining can attend upcoming unit meetings:

• Whitefish — Pack 4917, Church of the Nazarene, Tuesdays at 6 p.m.; Troop 1936 and Venture Crew 2920, Moose Lodge, Tuesdays at 6 p.m.; The Lodge is also reforming Pack 4936.

Derrick A. Anderson