LEWISTON – Cub Scout Pack 160, which serves families in Lewiston and surrounding communities, will kick off the 75th year of Cub Scouting in 2005.

Since September, the pack has recruited many new Cubs, trained the new leaders and taken part in three outdoor events. The pack has just completed the annual Pinewood Derby. The top six Scouts will race their cars in the districtwide race on April 9.

“It has been an incredible Cub Scouting year already and we have only had one month of Scouting,” said District Executive Matt Mower. “The 75th anniversary of Cub Scouting will be an incredible milestone.”

Pack 160 is organized in dens: One Tiger den, first-grade boys and their parents; one Wolf den, grade two; one Bear den, grade three; and four Webelos dens, separate dens for boys in grades four and five.

“We want to welcome all of the new and returning families to Pack 160. We had a lot of parents step up and volunteer to help. That makes all the difference in the world,” said Cub Master Randy Small. “We not only want to have Scouts, we want to build Scouting families.”

“All of these dens need active and trained leaders,” said Mower, who works for the Boy Scouts of America and provides support to the packs and troops in the Androscoggin and Oxford counties.

Cubs will take part in many service projects this year, two of which are gathering eyeglasses and food.

Scouts, their families and the community are invited to turn in used eyeglasses at any pack meeting as part of the Lions Club and Lenscrafters “Give the Gift of Sight Night” effort. The Scouts are “scaring up” glasses, which are cleaned, repaired, classified by prescription and hand-delivered to people in need in developing countries such as Bolivia and Mexico.

In late October the Scouts gathered canned goods and nonperishable foods for the annual “Scouting for Food” project. Cubs delivered bags to two local food pantries.

“We have a lot of fun in Cub Scouts, but it is so important to teach our young that they have a responsibility to help those in need and these two service projects are a great way to do that,” Mower said.

Pack 160 had also been selling popcorn again this year. It is the biggest fund-raising effort for the pack and it provides most of the financial support necessary to keep the pack afloat. The pack is the top selling unit in the state, and is ranked in the top three for popcorn sales in New England.

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