Cub Scout Pack 229 celebrated their 30th anniversary Saturday, June 24th, with some cake and community service.

TAFTON - Cub Scout Pack 229 celebrated their 30th anniversary Saturday, June 24th, with some cake and community service. The scouts and their leaders gathered at the Tafton Fire Company, which chartered the pack in 1987.

Under bright sunshine, the boys washed a fire truck, held a car wash fundraiser and had a party.
The boys raised $333.

Pack 229 is part of the Dan Beard District in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Pack leader Natalia Lyckowski said that they are a Journey to Excellence Gold Unit, and have over 50 members.

Dawn Sansevero is cub master; Phil Erb and Dan Skaggs are the Assistant cub masters.
Boys in Kindergarten through 5th grade are eligible to participate in Cub Scouting, while older youth can participate with one of the area’s Boy Scout Troops.

Lyckowski  said that Pack 229 records approximately 250+ community service hours each year. This includes many activities such as washing fire trucks, visiting with veterans, and organizing a holiday party for children whose parent is incarcerated. Pack 229 has also collected food for the local food pantry and stuffed animals for the Children’s Hospital.

“We have also completed multiple environmental conservation projects in town, such as landscaping the CJR Memorial Playground and recently a waterfront cleanup in Hemlock Farms,” she said.

Pack 229 has also educated the community on multiple important environmental issues during the last several of Hawley’s annual EarthFest, in April. This year the focus was on bees.

How they started

They were first organized by Robert A. Nied and his son Robert C. Nied, along with a few others who formed a committee. The elder Mr. Nied was a cub master in New Jersey, where his son was a scout. Robert C. Nied said that there was an interest to form a pack in the Tafton area, and the fire company was gracious enough to be the host organization. They started out with a little less than 16 boys, he recalled.

Robert C.’s eldest son, Robert R. Nied, was one of the charter cub scouts. Brothers Jonathan and Matthew followed. Two of the Nied boys went on to be Eagle Scouts, their father said.

Robert C. stated that Pack 229 formed the basis for the beginning of Boy Scout Troop 129, which organized a few years later at the Paupack United Methodist Church.

They first met at the Tafton Fire Company but due to their growth, den meetings are held at the Wallenpaupack North Primary School.

William Ayres has been the pack treasurer for around 25 years. He said that he has seen a greta many boys come through the program; participation tends to cycle, as boys graduate and they need to recruit new members.

“The pack really does great things,” he said, and agreed that scouting does a lot to help shape a boy’s character.

His own son Joe started in Pack 229 in 3rd or 4th grade, and is now 35. Ayres also had a grandson in the pack. He said they have had some excellent leaders through the years.

Most of the boys stay with the Cub Scout program, Ayres said, and estimated that “99%” go on to become Boy Scouts.

Shaping their lives

Lyckowski, who has been a leader with Pack 229 for 10 years, commented, “I have seen many scouts start when they were 6-7 years old, then ‘cross the bridge’ (graduate) into a Boy Scout Troop, and continue to grow into fine community and service minded young adults.”

Many of these teenagers choose to return to Pack 299 taking on the role of a ‘Den Chief’. The ‘Den Chief’ serves as a junior leader, instructor, mentor, role model and peer to the younger Cub Scouts.

“Last year Pack 229 was blessed with over ten Boy Scouts who volunteered their time as a Den Chief,” Lyckowski said.

She added that having such enthusiastic Den Chiefs is a benefit to the Cub Scouting program. The other important factors are a strong Pack Committee, dedicated leaders, involved families, their loyal charter organization, The Tafton Fire Company, and a supportive community that cares to invest in the future leaders of tomorrow, she added.

They have five dens, based on age: the Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos. They have a schedule of meetings, which are held in the school.

Many alumni of Cub Scout Pack 229 have stayed in scouting and attained the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
“However, even those that chose to leave scouting to pursue other activities, hopefully still carry the Cub Scout Motto (Do Your Best!) and the Scout Law in their hearts.” she said.

That motto is, “ A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”

Full information about Cub Scout Pack 229 can be found at their website: https://www.wallenpaupackcubs229.org/ or their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Pack229Tafton/ .

Cub Scout Pack 229 openly welcomes all scouts, parents, adult volunteers and supporters without regard to race, religion, national origin, mental/physical different-ability (disability), veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, age (unless BSA specified) or gender (unless BSA specified).

Youth that do have a special need can work directly with our leaders, committee, and council to formulate a plan that will allow the scout to succeed. For more information on special needs scouting, go here:
http://nepabsa.org/scouting-with-special-needs