Birds of prey flocking to Cub Scout Pack 3099 fundraiser

Birds of prey flocking to Cub Scout Pack 3099 fundraiser

January 12th, 2012 by Katie Ward in Local Regional News

Save Our American Raptors volunteers will bring an owl and red tailed hawk to showcase in the gymnasium of Rock Spring United Methodist Church Jan. 17.

A barn owl makes an appearance at a previous SOAR event at Rock Spring United Methodist Church.

A barn owl makes an appearance at a...

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The 7 p.m. event will draw attention to saving birds of prey, while raising funds for Cub Scout Pack 3099. Tickets will be sold at the door for $1 for Scouts and $3 for everyone else. Children age 2 and under will be admitted free.

"It's a fun local event where you can learn something about birds of prey," said Paul Webster, Pack 3099 assistant Cub Master. "The raptor experience gives you the rare opportunity to meet birds of prey in person."

He said it costs the pack $100 to put on the show and leaders hope to raise at least $300 at the show. Funds will help support Cub Scout Pack 3099's 57 members, ranging from first- through fifth-graders, who meet Tuesday nights at Rock Spring UMC.

"We expect to spend $5,000 this year since Cub Scouts has grown," said Webster.

He said the Woodstation and Rock Spring Cub Scout packs merged in 2010. The Scouts mainly attend Woodstation, Rock Spring and LaFayette elementary schools.

"Cub Scouts are working on making an LED flashlight from an Altoids tin," said Webster. "Cub Scouts put up bat houses at Vulcan Park. Scouts are building firewood wooden holders at Sydney Dew."

He said Cub Scouts learn about good citizenship, teamwork and doing one's best. On camping excursions, he said Scouts learn how to build a fire, pitch a tent and about the buddy system. Cub Scouts in Pack 3099 can earn merit badges for BB gun shooting, archery, crafts, science and good citizenship.

"It's fun leading the Cub Scouts," said Webster, who is in charge of the Wolf Cubs. "You feel like you are making a difference volunteering in Scouts."