Event to take place at YMCA’s Meyer Center
Updated 10:17 pm, Friday, August 25, 2017
Photo: For The Intelligencer
For more than 100 years, the Cub Scouts have taken on the task of turning young boys into future leaders.
That effort will continue locally with a recruitment event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Edwardsville YMCA’s Meyer Center.
Free skating is part of the event, which targets youngsters in grades one through five.
Local attorney Todd Sivia, who serves as the Head of Membership Recruitment for the Cahokia Mounds District, said this event is open to youngsters in Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Hamel.
Parents and prospective Scouts are encouraged to attend.
There is a $34 fee for the year.
“It’s all of the packs from the Edwardsville area, four different packs, and we’re doing one recruitment,” Sivia said.
Sivia was involved in Scouting from first grade through age 16. He got involved again when his son was old enough to join and he’s well versed in the organization’s ways.
“Scouting is teaching leadership. We are teaching them how to be a leader, handle the outdoors and be able to know what do,” Sivia said. “We start working on those skills as early as first grade.”
Scouting, Sivia said, helps build relationships, not just friendships, with parents, too.
“My fondest memories when I was a youth are going to all the Scouting events – building a pine wood derby car with my father. We had a bake-off. My dad and I made a cake – that bonding experience with my father and mother.”
Sivia said, too, that Scouting can pay off in other ways.
While very few young athletes will go on to receive scholarships, many who progress to the rank of Eagle Scout will.
“I can pretty much guarantee you, if you become an Eagle Scout and apply the principles, you’ll get a scholarship,” Sivia said, recalling how he paid for his own undergraduate work.
On its website, the organization sums up itself as such, “The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.”