On Saturday, September 21, Cub Scouts from all over the River Trails District of the Ozark Trails Council participated in the Annual Cub Scout Olympics/Fishing Derby at Lions Club Park in Rolla, Mo.
One hundred and forty-nine boys between the ages of six and eleven participated in the event with a total of eleven scout packs in attendance. These included packs 80 (Edgar Springs); 81, 83, 84, 85, 137, 145 and 434 (all from Rolla); 95 (St. James); 149 (Fort Wood); and 202 (Waynesville).
The boys competed in several activities such as the fifty yard dash, BB gun marksmanship, archery, Frisbee toss, sit-ups, javelin throwing, obstacle course, and fishing. Family members of the boys also participated.
This year’s Olympics were combined with the Boy Scouts of America’s recruitment effort entitled “Hooked on Scouting.” Each new cub scout who participated in the Olympics was given a Zebco rod and reel, Eagle Claw tackle and box, an opportunity to fish in the park lake and earn his fishing belt loop award. “Hooked on Scouting” was sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Eagle Claw, Zebco, and professional bass fisherman Tom Redington.
It is not too late to join the cub scouts for this academic year. Parents can still sign up their sons by contacting the Ozark Trails Council Service Center in Rolla at 573-364-1504, or Cheryl Bohannan at email@example.com. To locate a unit near you visit www.ozarktrailsbsa.org or www.BeAScout.org and get your son “Hooked on Scouting.”