Children raced each other down the slides and ran beneath leafy trees at the Riverview Park playground, many of them looking forward to the chance to join Hannibal’s last remaining Cub Scout Pack.

Children raced each other down the slides and ran beneath leafy trees at the Riverview Park playground, many of them looking forward to the chance to join Hannibal’s last remaining Cub Scout Pack.

Luke Evans, who signed up for his first time as a Cub Scout, didn’t hesitate to say what he’s eager to learn how to do: “Making a fire,” he said.

His grandfather, Victor Evans, said Luke’s older brother enjoyed scouting, passing down that excitement to his younger sibling.

Cub Scout Pack 101’s history stretches back to the early days of Oakwood Elementary School, and the group of first grade through fifth grade children is chartered by the Pops Club. The roundup in the park on Tuesday, Sept. 8, saw a strong turnout of boys signing up to join the pack, and it gave everyone the chance to enjoy the open space, Cubmaster Matt Lawson said.

“I’m glad to see this many people out here,” Lawson said. “I enjoy getting to see the kids do things outdoors.”

Participants can join during any part of the year, and meetings are held at the old Salt River Shooting Range. During the year, scouts join in activities including campouts, performing activities from Cub Scout books, raising flags during Veterans Day and Memorial Day and racing in the Pinewood Derby, where scouts pit small homemade wooden racers – that come from a specific kit and stick to certain regulations – against one another on downhill tracks, Lawson said.

Cub Scouting prepares boys for the Boy Scouts, instilling values of respect, good morals, supporting the community, hands-on building skills and having a good time with friends. For more information, please call Lawson at (573)406-3315.

At least one child couldn’t wait for the roundup to begin.

Kimberly Closser brought her sons, Brayden Closser and Austin Closser, to the park. Once Austin Closser brought home a handout about Cub Scouts from school, he didn’t hide his enthusiasm for his first year as a Cub Scout.

“It’s all we’ve been hearing about,” Kimberly Closser said with a smile.

 

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com