Food Pantry Collections
Every month we request a donation be brought to the Pack meeting for the New Hope Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church (our sponsor organization). Each month a different Den is responsible for collecting and bringing the donations to the Food Pantry. Schedule (click here). The contributions help members of our community in their time of need. Items they need are peanut butter and jelly, hearty soups, pasta, cereal, baby formula, baby food, personal hygiene items, and toiletries. Thank you for the continuing support!
When it is your month, the Den must contact Carol Robbins at the United Methodist Church at (973) 697-8627. Den Schedule of collections.
Our Pack has developed and maintained a butterfly garden on the front lawn of the library. As you look at the library, it is on the far right side. Each Den signs up for a turn to weed, plant and clean up the garden. (click here for a picture). Den schedule of maintenance.
William G. Clark Pond
The pond is a catch and release pond designed to facilitate children's learning and enjoyment of fishing. It is located across from the high school. Our Pack has helped other organizations with projects with the pond. Past projects have included making permanent PVC plants for the center of the pond and planting perennials along the shore under the supervision of the Knee Deep Club and NJ Fish and Wildlife. We have also spent time cleaning up litter around the pond. Each month a Den is to go and clean up the pond. Den schedule of clean up.
Adopt a Trail
Our Pack has adopted the Headley Overlook Trail in the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation here in Jefferson Township. The trail begins at the parking lot for the Mahlon Dickerson Picnic Area and ends across Weldon Road at the overlook (an amazing view of Lake Hopatcong). Our adoption is recognized on a plaque on the trail. We as a Pack, as Dens and as individuals are responsible for cleaning up the trail. If you should be hiking it and have concerns to report (trees across the walking path, huge holes...), please contact Assistant Cubmaster Sean Tonnesen. We will be hiking this several times during the year as a Pack (please see the hike schedule for days and times). It is a good hike to take as a Den.
Scouting for Food
In March, our Pack follows the Boy Scouts of America program to collect food for local food pantries. As Dens, the boys will put bags and/or a note at houses in our town requesting that a bag be filled with nonperishable food donations and left on their doorstep on a certain date and time for our collection. The Den Leader signs up for particular streets. This is part of the service initiative Good Turn for America for the BSA.
In the past our Pack has made scarecrows to decorate the local Elementary Schools, holiday decorations for the seniors in town, made ornaments for the holiday Giving Trees at the local banks, decorated A&P bags for Earth Day, made drawings for our troops, sold lemonade at a Pack Meeting for Alex's Lemonade Stand and made drawings for Meals on Wheels to include with deliveries.
If you have an idea for a service project, please contact our committee chair.
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