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Cub Scout Cup splashing back to Newhall this May

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Posted: May 4, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 4, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Cub Scout Elija Quinn, 10, of pack 894 of Valencia runs an obstacle course with a leaking bucket of water as he competed in the Cub Scout Cup event held at the William S. Hart Park campgrounds in Newhall last year. Dan Watson/The Signal

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Last April an event at Hart Campgrounds had 784 legs and was covered in mud and sweat before the end of the day.

That event, coming back to Hart Campground on May 17 of this year is the ninth annual Cub Scout Cup.

A team competition of physical and mental challenges that build teamwork and reinforce scouting values this year’s event for the first time is open to any boys from Kindergarten through fourth grades in Santa Clarita.

Teams are made up of Cub Scouts, which are boys from first grade to fifth grade, but organizers want to showcase scouting and invite parents and kids to check out the event and learn more about scouting in Santa Clarita.

“The past eight years have been a great success that we have created a fun event for Cub Scouts that builds itself on Scout Spirit,” said Dean Yerem, Cub Scout Cup event director and assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 303 in Canyon Country.

“This is a big local event that strengthens the skills and values of all our scouts both competing and volunteering, and we want others to experience it,” he said.

Last year’s event had 68 teams of Cub Scouts from all ranks, Tiger through Webelos, with more than 90 volunteers of mostly local Boy Scouts.

The event is open to all six districts in the Western Los Angeles County Council which has seen teams come from as far as Ventura, Beverly Hills and the Antelope Valley. This year a team is coming all the way from Visalia.

You will never forget the feeling of anticipation and exhilaration of making it through the mud pit on the obstacle course or the first time you hit the bull’s-eye with your sling shot. The event is created with the intent to make memories and have them experience an event like the Boy Scouts do each year at Camporee, a staple of scouting competition for 100 years now.

Events are colorful as the mud on the day of the event ranging from Cub Scout Sponge Pants, Like an Eagle, Make a Break for It, Bigfoot Challenge to this year’s new event Tank Commander. One event, Splat Launch, involves a water balloon cannon that launches four balloons at once roughly a 100 feet in the air while scouts try and ‘catch’ them in strainers over their head to earn points.

“The Cub Scout Cup started as a simple idea that Cub Scouts would go bonkers at the prospect of winning a giant cup trophy, but has certainly morphed into a huge event that still has trophies, but mostly fun and mud,” Yerem said. “My personal promise each year to the leaders of the teams is every scout will be wet and muddy but won’t forget this day they competed as a team.”

Scouts really remember the competitions each year like the famous Pinewood Derby and this would just add to the list of memorable days in a scout’s career.

Cup Scout Cup is designed with that in mind, make it as memorable as possible and it still have a purpose. Get the scouts and parents together and the fun will just happen.

“Cub Scouting in Santa Clarita is vital to keeping the Scouting program growing and with 29 Cub Scout Packs currently registered with us we are quite proud of the Santa Clarita Valley’s love of the Cub Scout Program,” said Ransom Boynton, senior district executive for the Bill Hart District of Santa Clarita.

“Last year we had 2,400 registered Scouts in our area but it is vital that we continue to reach out to those youth and parents who may be unaware of our program. Cub Scout Cup is a great way to promote Cub Scouting and its benefits to the community, all while having a great time,” Boynton said

Each competing scout will receive a patch and each team a participating ribbon. Non-scouts looking to give it try will only have to fill out permission slips and no cost for participation. Each scout team needs a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) registered adult leader and one adult volunteer for each four scouts.

Registration for the event is opened up on line at www.cubscoutcup.com with the deadline to enter May 10, 2014.

More information about the Bill Hart District can be found at www.billhartdistrict.org.

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