By David Masciangelo, Cub Scout Pack 1776 Cubmaster

Photos Courtesy of Cub Scout Pack 1776

Cub Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade and their families. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Family involvement is an essential part of the program, and parents are encouraged to play an active role.

A great way to find out what you do best is to do it. Catch a fish. Ride a bike. Set up a tent. Build a Pinewood Derby car. Cub Scouting offers boys and girls the opportunity to see and learn fun, new things that can’t be found anywhere else. Cub Scouts are at that magical age where everything is new and possible and, most important, fun. They build things. Play with purpose. Make friends and work together. The life lessons learned form a foundation to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles in life.

Cub Scout Pack 1776 in Northwest Peoria Scouts focus on community service, outdoor adventure, and learning new things. Last year, our Cub Scouts and their families performed 125 hours of service to the community, 45 of which were for conservation. We participated in service projects like partnering with the Trilogy Veteran’s Club to help with their Adopt-A-Road program on National Cleanup Day, dedicating the new Vistancia Village HOA flags on 9/11, placing flags on veterans’ graves at Sunland Cemetery in Sun City for Memorial Day, and collecting 926 pounds of food for our Scouting for Food drive to fill local food pantries.

Due to our recent worldwide pandemic we modified our program to include virtual meetings and adapted to spend even more time outdoors. We found fellowship and fun at our two family camps on South Mountain and at Christopher Creek. We hiked all over Arizona; our Scouts and leaders logged 320 hiking miles! They went to local trails like Calderwood Butte, South Mountain, Sunrise Mountain Trail, and Thunderbird Conservation Park. Our Scouts also travelled further afield in the state going to the Box Canyon at Christopher Creek, Granite Mountain Memorial Hike in Yarnell, and West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon.

Pack 1776 has many fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Cub Scouting helps parents make the most of the time they have to impact the lives of their children.

Are you interested in what Scouting has to offer? Come join the adventure at the Cub Scout New Family Roundup at the Vistancia Gymnasium (29701 N. Sunrise Point) on Thursday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m. Visit for more information.