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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.
Jake and his son joined Pack 8 in 2016. Armed with his Eagle rank, Jake volunteered to be the Den Leader for the new Tiger den (Den 2). Jake says that his favorite part of being in Pack 8 is the support from the other adult leaders. Just FYI, Jake and his wife own a small business: CartoTracks. They make maps. No doubt their backgrounds in scouting had a role in the formation of this business.
Jennifer’s family joined Pack 8 in 2014 when her oldest son became a Tiger Cub. Less than a year later, she joined the leadership in the role of Committee Secretary. She held this position until the spring of 2017 when she transitioned to Committee Treasurer and handed over the duties of Secretary to Jennifer White.
Jennifer was never in Girl Scouts, but she enjoys the reaction when she tells people she was a Boy Scout, having been a part of a Post (which later became a Crew) when she was in high school. It was through this involvement that she met her husband, Curtis.
Curtis and Jennifer are raising three scouts: one in Den 4 “Fiery Eagles” (which bridged in 2019), one in Den 2, and one in Den 6. Jennifer loves the outdoors (as long as it’s warm) and being away from civilization; she relishes any opportunity to abandon her phone and other electronics. Her favorite activity is backpacking: she says the food always tastes better and the sleep is always sweeter when you’ve had to haul your gear on your back.
Jennifer’s favorite part of being in Pack 8 is watching families come together to enjoy outings together and teach their boys (and girls!) skills that aren’t generally taught in school.
Curtis joined Pack 8 in 2014 with his son, Zachary. Long before that, however, Curtis’ scouting journey began when he himself was a Tiger Cub (back then, Tigers were not a part of Cub Scouts per se), followed by Cub Scouts (wherein he earned his Arrow of Light), Boy Scout (he achieved the rank of Eagle in 1999), Post Scout, and Crew Scout. With so much scouting experience, he was a shoo in for a leadership position and so became the Den Leader for Den 4, which naturally progressed into Cubmaster in 2018.
Curtis is raising three scouts: one in Den 4 “Fiery Eagles” (which bridged in 2019), one in Den 2, and one in Den 6. Curtis’ wife, Jennifer, is also very involved with scouting and they credit scouting for bringing them together in the first place!
Curtis says his favorite part of being in Pack 8 is that it’s a great group of leaders with the right focus: outdoor fun and energetic meetings with different types of learning than in a school setting.