Cub Scouts from Pack 608 of Newhall carry the colors to open the official ceremony for the opening of two new permanent modular buildings at a Newhall School District school on Oct. 10, 2016 at Old Orchard Elementary School in Newhall. Dan Watson/The Signal

Cub Scout Cup set to return at Hart Park

Cub Scouts from all across the Santa Clarita Valley will build up their teamwork skills and rely on each other during multiple activities at the 13th annual Cub Scout Cup at William S. Hart Regional Park’s campgrounds May 18.

“A big part of this is teaching people how kids learn, how to work together to solve a problem rather than play video games at home by themselves,” said Jeff Shrewsbury, district executive of the Boy Scouts Western Los Angeles County Council.

As a way to showcase scouting for parents, the Cub Scout Cup features team competition with physical and mental challenges intended to strengthen groups of boys and girls. The challenges also help teach scouting values, according to a press release for the event. The challenges consist of 18 events across the campgrounds, with obstacle courses called “Like an Eagle,” “Ice Canyon” and “Lava Escape,” among others.

This year’s Cub Scout Cup will also incorporate girl Cub Scouts, a new element of the scouting program as of 2019. In the past year, 271 girls registered to join the youth program within the district, according to Shrewsbury.

“(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 cheers,” Dean Yerem, Cub Scout Cup director, wrote in the release. “My promise each year to the parents and leaders is every Scout won’t forget this day they competed as a team.”

The previous Cub Scout Cup included 75 teams made up of 440 Scouts and 120 Boy Scout volunteered.

Registration for the event closed Friday, May 10, and is only open to registered Scouts. Each team, made up of Scouts of the same rank, requires at least two registered adult leaders.

Yerem’s troop, Troop 303, will be selling food for lunch to raise funds for their upcoming summer camp trip.
For more information about the Cub Scout Cup, visit billhart.bsa-la.org.

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