It was a busy winter for Pack 127 Cub Scouts

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Cub Scouts from Pack 127 have fun on the deck of the USS Cobia at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Photo by Justin Sargent

By Wendy Murkve
Pack 127

Cub Scout Pack 127, at Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church, has had a couple of busy but fun months.

In January we had an overnight trip at the USS Cobia submarine at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc. We had a history and “training” session with staff of the Cobia, where we learned about her history as a patrol in World War II and later as a training platform. We got to sleep in the bunks in the crew’s quarters and see the torpedo rooms and even the bathroom, complete with 1940s-era magazines. No movie can match the real thing, so it’s definitely worth the visit.

February found us preparing for two big events. The first was our annual Blue and Gold Banquet, a “birthday party” for scouting. This event is one of the highlights of our year, partly because it includes a potluck supper and a great big cake, but mostly because it’s the day we celebrate scouting. This is the day our oldest scouts, the Arrow of Light Scouts, earn the Arrow of Light and cross over into Boy Scouting, where even more fun and plenty of adventure awaits them.

Our other big February event was the Pinewood Derby. We held two nights of car building workshops for any scout or sibling who wanted to build a car. We had some great volunteers who used power tools to shape the blocks of wood according to each scout’s specifications and then the scout decorated his car any way he chose. It was fun to see all the creative ideas they had.

Pinewood Derby race day had an air of excitement about it. Everyone admired all the cars and the scouts lined up to watch and cheer for each other. Smiles, laughs and a few tears are all part of the day. Each den had a series of races and the winners advanced to the pack finals. The winner of the pack final advanced to the District Pinewood Derby, which was held March 25 at East Madison Toyota.

This spring, we’re looking forward to our annual regatta, where we build boats and race them at Tenney Park. This is also the time when we earn the ranks we’ve been working on all year. In the summer, you might find us at day camp, or having ice cream at the zoo, or at a splash park. We have fun all year.

Cub Scout Pack 127 is welcoming to all boys in first through fifth grades and their families. We enjoy lots of outdoor activities, songs, games and crafts. If you’re interested in joining our pack or would like more information, contact Cubmaster Justin Sargent at 220-2342 or iscuba@sbcglobal.net.