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Hundreds participate in Cub Scout Cup

Posted: April 13, 2013 6:09 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2013 6:09 p.m.

Cub Scout Diego Nevarez, 6, of pack 494 in Canyon Country kicks off his shoe as he participates in a trash kicking team competition between scout packs at the Cub Scout Cup event held at the William S. Hart Park campgrounds on Saturday.

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Hundreds of Cub Scouts from in and around the Santa Clarita Valley ran, jumped, swung, caught and crawled during Saturday’s annual Cub Scout Cup event.

The event, now in its eighth year, is a competition between teams of Cub Scouts that participate in a series of athletic activities and games, according to Canyon Country resident Dean Yerem, the director of the event.

This year the event was held in the campgrounds at William S. Hart Park. About 380 Cub Scouts were on hand Saturday, including teams from the Simi and Antelope valleys, as well as Beverly Hills and Ventura.

A collection of around 70 volunteers helped guide the scouts through the games and activities, including an obstacle course, a rope swing and water relay.

The rationale behind the event is to promote the attributes of the scouting program, Yerem said.

“It’s fun with a purpose,” Yerem said Saturday. “So we’re trying to promote camaraderie and teamwork, and maybe they learn something along the way.”

Scouts also had to show their spirit throughout the event, Yerem said. In many cases this meant a series of songs and dances were performed that extolled the virtues of teams with names ranging from the Space Robots to the Ninja Monkeys.

Yerem, who was a Cub Scout himself, said this spirit component was an especially important part of the event.

“It’s really rewarding to see all the kids laughing, smiling and being so positive,” Yerem said.

Valencia resident Cheryl Soto turned out to watch her two sons take part in the cup.

“It’s fun to see everyone come together to work as a team,” Soto said of the event. “The kids get to make friends and enjoy some outdoor activities.”
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