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Moral compass

Posted August 14, 2013 in Community Featured, Windsor Heights
Windsor United Methodist Church sponsors Cub Scout Pack 38 and Boy Scout Troop 46.

Windsor United Methodist Church sponsors Cub Scout Pack 38 and Boy Scout Troop 46.

The Boy Scouts of America has been a storied tradition in America for more than 100 years, planting its roots in a small YMCA office in New York in 1910.

One of the early founders, President Theodore Roosevelt, believed that faith was an important part of a young person’s life and that “children benefit from the moral compass provided by religious tradition.” According to the Boy Scouts of America’s website, the organization “acknowledges that faith can become an important part of a child’s identity.”

For the past 50 years, Windsor United Methodist has been a proud sponsor of Cub Scout Pack 38 and Boy Scout Troop 46. The church’s mission from the beginning has been dedicated to providing a year-round program for boys and young adults to build character to create a foundation for the rest of their lives. The church website also lists the goals of the troop to “train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and to develop physical and mental fitness.”

Cub Scout Pack 38 is a program designed for boys 7 to 10 years old, and Boy Scout Troop 46 houses members from ages 11 through 18. One of the primary goals of the Boy Scouts of America organization is to make a difference in the lives of young boys and prepare youth for success as they grow and leave their impact.

In the upcoming months, the Boy Scouts will work toward a number of different badges and skills with their troop. On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Scouts will enhance their fishing skills while working all day toward their fishing merit badge. The boys will have their first campout of the fall season at the Grinnell Troop and Pack outing taking place in September.

For more information on Cub Pack 38, contact Cubmaster T.J. Ballard at 515-681-8242. Older youth should contact Boy Scout Troop 46 leader, Scoutmaster Dave Kair at 515-255-4839. Troop 46 meets at Windsor United Methodist each Monday from 7-8.30 p.m. The church is located at 6222 University Ave.

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