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BSA Mission Statement: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law: A scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent

BSA Vision Statement: The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

Scouting’s purpose is directed toward helping youth become happy, healthy, positively contributing citizens. Through recreation, Scouting achieves its purpose of helping young people develop physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Scouting is all about building confidence and self-esteem, learning important life skills and leadership skills, team building, outdoor adventure, education, and fun! Scouts learn how to make good choices and to take responsibility for their actions so that they are prepared for their adult life as independent persons.

Muscoot District, Westchester-Putnam Council, Vista Fire Department Charter Organization

POSTPONED Car Wash Fundraiser June 22 from 10 am - 1 pm at St. John's Church on Spring Street, South Salem, NY

Parents Meeting June 24 at 7 pm at Onatru Farmhouse.

Upcoming events - please register at right.

Come chat with us regarding our pack's activities and events.  

Your Pack Leaders are:

Adam Wiles -  Cubmaster, Webelo Den Leader

Bill Bongiorno - Assistant Cubmaster, Wolf Den Leader, Communication/Media, Webmaster

Brandon Fountain - Bear Den Leader, Camping/Hiking Coordinator

Alex Potter - Committee Chair

Matt Worner, Fundraising Chair, Popcorn Kernel

Erika Lewis - Treasurer

Rob Gorman - Pinewood Derby Chair

Ready to join? Email Bill at bill.bluechippr@gmail.com 

See our welcome flyer below for complete information about our exciting scout year!  

Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101 Cub Scouts Hold Blue and Gold Dinner 

Senior Webelos Cross Over to Boy Scout Troop 101 and Receive The Arrow of Light; Younger Scouts Receive Loops Towards Rank Advancement

Lewisboro, NY -- April 15, 2019 -- Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101 Cub Scouts held their annual Blue and Gold Dinner last week at Meadow Pond. Senior Webelos crossed over to Vista Troop 101 Boy Scouts and received the Arrow of Light, while younger scouts received loops towards rank advancement, announced Cubmaster and Webelos Den Leader Adam Wiles. 

The evening started with a presentation of the colors, the United States Flag and Pack 101 Flag by Senior Webelos, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  Uniformed leaders and other parent volunteers were acknowledged for their time and dedication to the Pack.

The Arrow of Light Ceremony started with the lighting of a small white candlerepresenting the spirit of scouting, so that all that have taken the trail may see the light and join in witnessing the highest honor Cub Scouts can bestow a Scout.  The Arrow of Light award is the pinnacle of Cub Scouting.  It is the only award from Cub Scouts that can be worn on a Boy Scout uniform.  A blue candle was then lit to remind scouts of the lessons learned as a Cub Scout. Blue represents the spirit of Cub Scouting, the spirit of giving goodwill and doing you best.  Scouts took an oath to this.

A larger white candle was lit to represent the Scout Law: To be trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent? Scouts then take an oath to this.

The third candle is yellow and it represents the Arrow of Light.  It is straight and narrow, just as is the path that Scouts should follow throughout their lives.  It is pointing to the right, a symbol that nothing should be left undone. And lastly, this is the symbol of the seven rays of the sun, one for each day of the week, this is to remind scouts that every day is a new day, a new day to Do Your Best in everything, a day to honor your God, parents and country, to do a good turn, to follow the Scout Law.  Scouts promise to follow this.

Next was the Merit Badge Ceremony to award Tigers, Wolves, and Bears their belt loops toward rank advancement, followed by the 

Webelos Ceremony.  Parents blindfolded their scout.  This represents that without their guidance, staying on the straight and narrow path would be much more difficult. 

Parents then guided each scout to the ceremonial table and removed the blindfold. This represents that each should always see the world clearly and openly. Each Webelos was presented with an engraved plaque with their name and arrow of light, as well as a color photo album and badges.

Lastly, Senior Webelos crossed over the bridge to the waiting Boy Scout Troop. The fourth and last candle, green, was lit to symbolize the beginning of their path toward Eagle as a Boy Scout. Vista Troop 101 Scout Master Tom Fuller and several Boy Scouts accepted them as members and gave them each a Boy Scout Handbook and bolo to be worn.  Each new Boy Scout made some heartfelt remarks recalling memories and offering gratitude to Cubmaster Wiles for his guidance and commitment to them over the years.  A father of one new Boy Scouts acknowledged the hard work and time that has been volunteered to help their scouts to this point and thanked all the leaders for their efforts.

Cubmaster Wiles said,  “I hope and pray that the desire, eagerness, interest and free spirit you have shown in Cub Scouts carries over into your families, places of worship, school, circle of friends and everything you do in your lives.  The trail to Eagle still lies ahead of you.  It takes a strong desire, a willingness to sacrifice, and lot of guts and love to make it.  This is your starting point! May your journey be onward and upward. May you be a successful, active and contributing citizen of your community and of our country.”

Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101 Cub Scouts Get a Lesson in Self Defense From

Local Sponsor Kempo Academy of Cross River; Second Degree Black Belt Sensei Ken Deegan Donates Time to Educate Scouts on Safety  

 Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101 Cub Scouts Get a Lesson in Self Defense

Cross River, NY -- February 11, 2019 -- The Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101 Cub Scouts got a lesson in self defense Super Bowl weekend from Second Degree Black Belt Sensei Ken Deegan, owner of Kempo Academy of Cross River.  He donated the session as well as became the first sponsor of the local Cub Scout Pack.

"We really appreciate Sensei Deegan donating his time and knowledge to our scouts.  He's worked with dozens of families and kids over the past three years and is a valuable addition to the local community," said Assistant Cubmaster Bill Bongiorno. 

 "I was super excited to partner with our local scouts and collaborate on projects.  We have a lot in common as far as philosophy and beliefs.  It was a natural to sponsor the scouts in their endeavors," said Sensei Deegan.

 The hour session included teaching when to fight and when to flight, always emphasizing defending oneself in order to be able to escape an attacker. 

 "You always are better off fleeing than fighting.  That's a last resort," he told the scouts.

He taught them vital areas to strike at attackers in order to render them unable to fight in order to run away and seek help.  He also gave them needed moves to counter someone that has a hold of them or is physically attacking.

The lesson gave scouts the fundamentals in order to be able to defend themselves and something to go back and teach the other scouts.  They practiced on each other in a respectful and positive manner, keeping in mind the scout law: a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

Later the scouts headed home to enjoy the Super Bowl with friends and family, having learned valuable skills for the future.

Kempo Academy of Cross River is Northern Westchester's leader in karate and martial arts with superior quality lessons for kids and adults.  It emphasizes a community that complements and supports the values taught at home. It believes in a positive environment that fosters self-awareness, social skills, and confidence. A place where students learn the value of hard work, how to make good choices, and develop a sense of gratitude. A place where all these benefits are generated organically through caring and patient instruction from people who genuinely love to teach. For more information: http://www.crossriverkaratefitness.com

 

LEWISBORO'S HAMLETHUB

Vista-Lewisboro Cub Scouts Pack 101 Clear Onatru Hiking Trail as Community Service Project

Vista-Lewisboro Cub Scouts Pack 101 Clear Onatru Hiking Trail as Community Service Project 

Vista-Lewisboro Cub Scouts Pack 101 braved the Fall elements and the end of daylight savings time to clear the East Onatru hiking trail this past weekend as a community service project, announced Adam Wiles, Cubmaster for the Pack.
 
“With the aid of Mike Surdej, the ‘chainsaw guy’ for the Lewisboro Trail Volunteers, about ten of our cub scouts, including Wolf, Bears and Webelos dens, along with ten adults cut down and removed fallen trees and branches blocking a favorite hiking trail at Onatru,” said Wiles.  “We want to thank Dana Mayclim, Lewisboro's Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for approving the project and Bobbe Stultz of the Lewisboro Land Trust for the help. Also the parents who brought out their scouts today.”
 
Bill Bongiorno, Wolf Den Leader, had the idea after the scouts had hiked through there this year and encountered blocked paths. “It’s easy to lose your way in the woods when the path is hidden.  You naturally think you’ve gone the wrong way.  It’s important to maintain these trails for everyone’s enjoyment.”
 
The cub scout pack follows in the footsteps of Eagle Scout Robert King who had reworked and enhanced the trail a few years back. 
 
“I was happy to guide and help with this project.  It gave great energy to have the cub scouts continue that work for our community,” said Surdej, who brought tools for each scout and explained proper safety and the way to clear the woods.
 
Next up the Pack will be headed to scout day at West Point, followed by the next day planting flags for each living Veteran at a ceremony at the South Salem Fire House.  Vista-Lewisboro Cub Scouts Pack 101 is part of the Muscoot District of the Westchester-Putnam Council.  Its Charter Organization is the Vista Fire Department.
 
The purpose of scouting is to provide an educational program for youth to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. It’s directed toward helping youth become happy, healthy, positively contributing citizens. Through recreation, scouting achieves its purpose of helping young people develop physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Scouting is all about building confidence and self-esteem, learning important life skills and leadership skills, team building, outdoor adventure, education, and fun! Scouts learn how to make good choices and to take responsibility for their actions so that they are prepared for their adult life as independent persons.
 
For more information on the Westchester Scouts, visit: http://www.wpcbsa.org 
For more information on Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101, visit: https://vista101.mypack.us 
 
Contact:  
Adam Wiles, Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101 Cubmaster, 914-356-2057 or adamjwiles@gmail.com 
Bill Bongiorno, Wolf Den Leader, 914-882-5594 or bill@bluechippr.com
 

 Toys for Tots 2018:

Vista-Lewisboro Cub Scouts Pack 101 Participate in Toys for Tots  

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Vista-Lewisboro Cub Scouts Pack 101 scouts came out to support the Vista Fire Department in its annual community service participation in the Toys For Tots program. Each scout donated an unwrapped present as well as took in gifts from the public to put under the tree.

The all volunteer firefighters and staff made cookies and served hot cider for the 15 scouts as well as gave a tour of the firehouse and fire trucks. Even Santa made a cameo appearance during his busiest time of the year to support the scouts and firefighters. 

"We want to thank the all volunteer Vista Fire Department not only for their unwavering service to our community, but for hosting the program and the support it gives our Pack and local Troop 101 Boy Scouts each year as our Charter Organization sponsor. Also thank you to our scout families that made monetary donations to the Fire House. The scouts and their families had a quality, meaningful, time," said Cubmaster Adam Wiles.

The Pack cleared the Onatru Hiking Trail last month as a Community Service and will be making a fire, serving hot chocolate and may even sing on New Year's Day for residents hiking the Leon Levy Trail as part of Lewisboro's First Day Celebration at the request of Lewisboro Land Trust's Bobbe Stultz. The local scouts are looking forward to working with the Trust and other local entities in the New Year. The scouts have a long history of community service dating back to its founding in 1910. To date, according to the most comprehensive book on the history of scouting, Four Percent, the number of scouts that make it to Eagle Scout, scouts have donated an astonishing 100 million hours of community service to their country since then.

A Baylor University study conducted in 2012 found that adult men that had experienced any amount of scouting showed better scores in almost every category than those with no scouting experience: Established greater life long connections to family, friends and neighbors; Exhibited a higher sense of responsibility to give back through volunteering and donating; Enjoyed a greater connection and concern for community; Exercised more self-discipline to plan ahead, set, and achieve goals; Held higher expectations; Demonstrated greater appreciation and concern for the environment; Displayed increased respect for religion and religious diversity; and Enjoyed an increased variety of hobbies and interests.

The Cub Scouts have Invited the public to participate in their Polar Bear Pumpkin-Chuck'in New Year's Day Event at Onatru at 12:30. They have built two giant sling shots and will be testing the bounds of physics by launching the pumpkins to see who can get theirs the farthest.

Vista-Lewisboro Cub Scouts Pack 101 is part of the Muscoot District of the Westchester-Putnam Council. Its Charter Organization is the Vista Fire Department. Both the scouts and fire house are non-profit organizations. Donations are welcome and tax deductible.

For more information, visit vista101.mypack.us. 

Photo credit: John Buratti

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Pinewood Derby Recap

Posted by bbongiorno on Oct 29 2018 - 12:14pm

This year we had 26 awesome cars with really cool designs and fast times. 

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