10 - May 11, 2012 | Pelham - Windham News Scouts ‘Pull Together’ at Chuckwagon Derby
submitted by Beth Knight, Pack 25 Pelham Cub Scout Pack 25 ‘Pull Together’
at the Annual Nutfi eld Chuckwagon Derby! Their wagon fi lled high with rope, hammer, wrench, pliers, screwdrivers, fi rst aid kit, snack and lunch, and rain-gear practicing ‘Leave No Trace’ as they hiked the grounds of Camp Carpenter! Working as a team as
they pulled their wagon around the Nutfi eld Long Pond chanting and cheering along the way! Parents, family and friends all gathered to watch as the boys went from station to station as they ‘Do Their Best’ performing various tasks and answering questions geared for all ranks, Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos, gaining points along the way. Stations included inspection of uniform, bike and rodeo safety, rocketry, BB shooting, fi rst aid, cub knowledge, knots, conservation, obstacle course, craftsman, outdoor living and citizenship. The boys earned
points at each station on their team effort, behavior and organization as they show off all they have learned through Scouts! At the obstacle course the Pack 25 Scouts were told they had performed the best that day so far! Huge smiles all around as the boys emerged from the course station! A wonderful day and great time had by all! The Chuckwagon Derby is a traditional Cub Scout and Boy Scout competition. These events are organized around an American pioneer theme. Scouts is a wonderful way for
young boys to learn skills and values that they will keep with them for a lifetime. Check out Pelham’s Pack 25 at www.pelhamweb.org/pack25
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Michael Flanders, Max Beland and Andrew Strout shovels in hand ready to plant a tree at the Conservation Station!
Boys with a wood carving just some of the beautiful things to see along the Nutfi eld trails! From left to right, back row: Christian Hobbs,
George Michaud, (to right of carving) Andrew Strout. Middle: Jonathan Strout, Max Beland, Jacob Knight, Patrick Soonthornprapuet, Michael Flanders, Patrick Zimmerman, John Galeotalanza. Kneeling: Jaxon Snyder, John Hamilton.
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Pushing the wagon through the awesome wooded trails. Pushing in the back: Patrick Zimmerman, George Michaud, Jacob Knight. Oulling in front: John Hamilton, Jonathan Strout.
Cub Scout Pack 610 Takes ‘Pack Spirit’ Award at Chuck Wagon Derby
submitted by Lucy Wilkerson, Cub Scout Pack 610
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Cub Scout Pack 610 competed this year once again the Nutfi eld District’s Chuck Wagon Derby. Chuck Wagon is a fun feat that offers each Cub Scout, individually and as a Pack Team, an opportunity to showcase what they have learned in Scouting. The derby takes place at Camp Carpenter in Manchester. Each Chuck Wagon is packed and inspected as it formally enters the competition. As the boys line up on their wagons the pack cheer is offered loudly and proudly, “We are the men, we’re pack 610, if you can’t hear us, we’ll said it a little louder” Circling the pond at Camp Carpenter
the boys are scored at the 12 stations set up along the derby route. The stations, manned by Boy Scouts and their adult leadership, quiz the Cub Scout on Knots,
Rocketry, Conservation, BB Guns, Bike and Road Safety, Cub Scout Knowledge, Craftsmanship, Citizenship, basic First Aid, etc. The scoring system is two-fold. One for answering the question correctly and the other for how the boys conduct themselves while in the station as well as Pack Spirit. Pack 610 Leadership is to the moon and back proud to announce that Pack 610 was unanimously voted (by all the stations) as the Pack that displayed the most Pack Spirit and we also won for best wagon inspection. Commenting on how the his scouts did, Cub master David Wilkerson was quick to offer, “Of all the awards presented, including the one for fi rst place, the one award that I hoped we win the most, was that for Pack Spirit. I am so proud of our boys. They pulled together and showed what Pelham Pack 610 is all about. Having fun and working together.” For these efforts the boys were presented with “Chuckie” a wooden a squirrel totem that each current year’s recipient must bring and display at all district wide events. Our boys will be bringing “Chuckie” to summer camp at Camp Carpenter
in July. Pack 610 is holding two recruiting events this spring. One at their Fishing Derby on Friday, May 18, at the Pelham’s Town Beach at Pelham Veterans Memorial Park. The Fishing Derby is a family event and any boys entering the fi rst through fi fth grade at Pelham Elementary School, St. Patrick’s School or home schooled are encouraged to attend. The second is our widely popular Rocket Derby on June 16 at Raymond Park. Followed by a family camp out, this event lets the boys count down to endless possibilities as they watch their rockets soar while surrounded by their own and their scouting family. Be a part of Pack 610! This year’s recruiting theme is “Character Under Construction!” All fi rst graders who join by June will be eligible for Summer Day Camp at Camp Carpenter. As an added incentive, Pack 610 is offering $10 off their join-up registration fee if your son joins by July 1. For more information e-mail us at email@example.com
or visit our Website at www.pack610.com
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Nathan Sprague and Andrew Haley lead on the two wagons entered by Pack 610. Cheryl Wright shouts out instructions to the boys to help them keep on course, while Brain Cote, Wolf Den leader (second grade) keeps his eye on the boys at all times.
Derek Brouillard getting ready to launch the 610 Rocket
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by Barbara O’Brien Windham Selectmen have approved the ninth Eagle Scout project dedicated to making improvements along the Windham Rail Trail. On April 23, by a vote of 4 to 0, selectmen gave the go-ahead to Life Scout Brian Wong to begin refurbishing the antique baggage and freight wagon that was donated to the Windham Rail Trail Alliance about two and half years ago. Voting in favor of the proposed project were Chairman Bruce Breton, Vice-Chairman Ross McLeod and Selectmen Phil LoChiatto and Roger Hohenberger. Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia was not in attendance when the vote was taken. Wong, who is a member of Windham
Boy Scout Troop 266, said the Eagle Scout project involves removing accumulated rust from the historic wagon, once used to transport baggage and freight from an unidentifi ed railroad depot to an awaiting train and vice versa. Wong also said he plans to replace any of the fl oorboards that are in disrepair, then to repaint the wagon its original color. Wong said he anticipates that the project will cost approximately $1,000 in materials and supplies, money he plans to solicit through donations and fundraisers. Wong told selectmen he expects to begin working on the wagon when school lets out in June and to have it fi nished within about six months. Other members of the scout troop will be assisting Wong with the restoration.
Windham Rail Trail Alliance President Mark Samsel, who gave a thumbs up to the proposed project, said, once completed, the wagon will be placed on display outside of either the Windham Depot or the old freight building. Samsel said that Wong had already received permission from members of the Windham Historic Commission to undertake his proposed project. According to recent statistics, less than
two-percent of boys who enter Boy Scouts ever achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Over the years, Windham Troop 266 has far exceeded that average percentage of scouts who reach the ultimate rank of Eagle. A young man must complete all qualifi cations for reaching the rank of Eagle prior to his 18th birthday.
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