Boy Scouts return to Maplesville

The Boy Scouts are back in Maplesville for the first time after about a 15-year absence.

Pack 33 was formed toward the end of the school year and has met over the past couple of months.

The group contains 14 members that have already registered, and more are expected once registration opens again prior to school starting in August.

Ron Ross, David Ross and Bennie Ross are involved in the re-introduction of Boy Scouts in Maplesville. (Contributed Photo)

Ron Ross, David Ross and Bennie Ross are involved in the re-introduction of Boy Scouts in Maplesville. (Contributed Photo)

According to Committee Chairwoman Bennie Ross, packs are divided into five dens that include tigers, wolves, bears, webelos and arrow of light.

The Boy Scouts are known for the values that it introduces to young boys, and is known for the leaders that it has produced in society.

Ron Ross and Bennie Ross helped form Pack 33, which contains mostly members of the wolf den (second grade).

The pack meets in the Maplesville train depot, and is expected to be broken up into two packs that will each meet twice a week and combine to meet once a month.

The final pack meeting prior to school closing was held on May 24. However, the pack is scheduled to meet once a month throughout the summer.

“Each pack is run by a leader,” Ross said. “We even have parents who have never been in Scouts but have shown the initiative and become leaders.”

The goal of Pack 33 is to include kids interested from Maplesville and Isabella, as well as other smaller communities around.

Flyers will be sent out to the schools in August with information for families and students interested in joining the Boy Scouts.

Ron and Bennie Ross plan to attend both Maplesville and Isabella to speak with the male students from first grade to fifth grade.

The students will be told the value of Boy Scouts and the lessons that will be learned through teamwork.

“The whole family can come to most of all the events,” Ross said. “It’s not the ‘Babysitter’s of America,’ and requires parent involvement.”

Each Scout receives a uniform and a guidebook that cost $65 plus a $24 registration fee.

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