Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Start to Something Special

About a week ago, I wrote a blog about the new Sensory Friendly Cub Scout Pack that is being formed in Vancouver, WA. At that time the unit still had not yet met but all of the parts of launching the pack were starting to come together.

Now one week later, the unit has had its first meeting under its belt. I was there and it was amazing to see how this new unit will be changing lives one family at a time.

Pack 2 opened with a traditional flag ceremony and opening prayer. 

Each boy was then given an arrow necklace and it was explained that the scouts could earn beads for attendance, for wearing their uniform, for participation and a variety of other ways to earn beads. This was to allow the scouts to have the opportunity for immediate reward and recognition. The arrow was to be a symbol of working toward the Arrow of Light. 
The boys then broke into a den meeting where they used a visual aid to start to learn the Cub Scout Law and Oath. Since this first meeting had five boys, all of them met together. The boys did a great job staying focused.

The first den meeting also saw the beginning of their first service project. The boys worked on cat blankets that will be taken to the Humane Society and given to a lucky cat. A field trip to the Humane Society is already set for the 19th of this month. I love the fact that this sensory friendly Cub Scout Pack is making and giving blankets that will provide cats and kittens with sensory support.
   

After cleaning up the service project, it was off for a popcorn snack, the ending prayer, group pictures and then the first meeting of Cub Scout Pack 2 was in the books.




If you happen to be in the Vancouver, WA area and are looking for a sensory friendly Cub Scout Pack for your son or you are interested in volunteering for this new group, please contact John at autismandscouting@gmail.com for more details.
 

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1 comment:

  1. Karen, I loved seeing all the pictures and seeing our first den meeting. I was so busy, I didn't really get to see closely what everyone was doing. Thanks for letting me see it again. What a great first night! Deanna

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