LEWISTON – More than 150 new Scouts joined local troops and packs during September as part of Abnaki District’s All Out for Scouting fall recruitment drive.

Throughout the month open houses and sign-up nights were held giving boys in Androscoggin and Oxford counties the opportunity to become involved with Scouting.

“I was very glad to see that hard work by the troops and packs in Abnaki District paid off in getting more young people into the program,” said Matt Mower, Abnaki District executive. “Our program has benefited because of the time, energy and resources donated by so many volunteers. Those contributions have shown through the program and parents who are seeing that are signing up their boys to be a part of Scouting.”

All Out for Scouting kicks off the Scouting year. Debbie Sparks of Pack 113 in Greene described what motivated her to go out and recruit new boys. “I have been in Scouting off and on for 16 years and I find that each new group of boys teaches me something. I feel very strongly about Cub Scouts and feel it is a great organization for boys to learn, achieve, succeed and have fun. It’s the fun part that I like. It is the events such as the Cub Rally, Tiger Day, Scouting for Food, day camp, Fun Pack Weekend, all the field trips, and much, much more. That’s what the boys like.”

The end of the recruitment effort does not mean the end of opportunities to get involved with Scouting. “Scouting is a year-round program. You can join anytime, and it’s flexible to allow participation in other activities,” said Mower.

For more information on how to get involved with Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Venturing, contact Mower at 797-5252, ext. 33, or [email protected]

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