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2017 Sights and Sounds of Christmas

The theme for this year’s Madison Christmas Parade was “The Sights and Sounds of Christmas”. Of course our chimney again played a prominent role in the design, flanked by two artificial trees. The big additions this year were a giant plywood tree, complete with decorations, and a detailed, hand-painted gingerbread house. Coming from the chimney of the gingerbread house floated bubbles filled with smoke – our interpretation of snow. Elf hats were available for the boys, but the night was so bitterly cold that most opted to wear a beanie.

For the 4th year running we were pleased to receive the Mayor’s Large Float Award.

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Tom Billig, Sr.

Mr. Tom joined Pack 8 in June 2016, but his scouting experience began in October, 1958, and he went on to earn his Eagle Scout in December, 1965, which was awarded by Astronaut John Glenn,

Mr. Tom is currently serving as our Religious Emblems Coordinator since 2016 and Lion Den Leader since 2017. Previous leadership roles include: Adult leader in Scouting since 1983, including  Den leader, Webelos Den leader, Pack Committee Chairman, Pack Committee Member, Pack Advancement Committee member, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Troop Committee member, Troop Advancement Committee member, District Training Staff, Council Training Staff, Woodbadge Training Staff, High Adventure Team Adult leader, Philmont Team Adult leader

Mr. Tom says his favorite part of being in Pack 8 is watching the Cub Scouts grow and learn

Jonathan Frazier

When did you join Pack 8?

I joined Pack 8 in the fall of 2013 after my son Caleb came home from school excited about scouts.  We went to the parent night, met all the packs, and decided Pack 8 was the best fit for us.

What scouting experience did you have before volunteering?

I didn’t have any scouting experience before joining Pack 8.  I had lots of camping and outdoor experience but had never been part of scouts before.

What is your current role with Pack 8?

I am currently the Cub Master, which means I am responsible for helping den leaders as they need, running pack meetings, and installing good character in each boy.

How long have you had this role?

I have been in this role for the past year.  The past Cub Master left a great legacy in how to engage kids and bring excitement to the scout program which I have attempted to build upon.

What previous roles have you had and for how long?

I was a den leader for 3 years and the assistant Cub Master for a year.

How many Cub Scouts are you raising?

I am raising 1 cub scout and a little girl that will probably be a girl scout, but will wish she could be a boy scout!

Something interesting about you?

I enjoy obstacle, group, and long distant races.  My friend and current Web 1 den leader Shannon Thurston introduced me to Spartan races.  These races include a run between 3-15 miles where you go over, under, or through 15-30 obstacles.  We ran 4 races last year and had a blast!

Favorite part of being in Pack 8?

I love teaching and developing kids.  Scouts provides a perfect opportunity to take the knowledge you have and transfer it to the next generation.  Pack 8 has evolved a tremendous amount over the last 4 years and while change can be hard, we have emerged as a stronger and more dedicated pack.  The parents are supportive, the kids engaged, and the volunteers wonderful.