‘Scouting in the Park’ draws boys interested in the outdoors, fun -- Gazette.Net


Since he was 3 years old, Dominic Morales of Frederick has told his parents that he wants to join the Boy Scouts.

Now at 6, Dominic is approaching first grade, when his parents, Manuel and Dawn Morales said he will be eligible to join a local Cub Scout troop.

“It’s all he talks about,” Dawn said.

On Saturday, Dominic was among five boys who signed up to join Cub Scouts shortly after an informational program began at Baker Park in Frederick.

Rick Millward, who helped organize the “Scouting in the Park” event, said it was the first time the Appalachian Trail and Catoctin Mountain scout districts collaborated on the event, in which boys and their families can learn more about the organization.

The scouting districts largely divide Frederick city, with the Appalachian district encompassing areas to the south and east, and the Catoctin district stretching north and west.

Millward said there are 14 packs in the county.

At Saturday’s event, Millward and other volunteers led interested youth through a series of activities intended to teach them the principles of scouting. In one event, boys were led on a scavenger hunt in which they searched for scouting symbols. Another had them throw pennies into jars that got progressively more difficult — symbolizing the levels of scouting.

Dominic said he was looking forward to “helping people” and “having fun” as a Cub Scout.

Jack LeBlanc, 10, and his friend Noah Johnston, 10, are both members of Cub Scout Pack 285 in Frederick and said they will advance to Boy Scouts next year.

The Tuscarora Elementary fourth-graders attended Saturday’s event and said they enjoyed playing with balloons that made loud, screeching noises as they deflated.

The boys said their favorite part of scouting was participating in the activities together.

“It’s fun,” Noah said.

“You get to go camping. You get to play,” Jack added.

Millward said boys interested in joining Boy Scouts, can get information about their local troop at beascout.org.