Scouts earn sporting achievements in 'Cub-o-Limpics'

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 04:54 AM

Nearly 62 Cub Scouts and 20 adults and Boy Scout leaders gathered at Isothermal Community College on Monday to participate in the "Cub-o-Limpics," an all-sports day planned to offer scouts exposure to various recreational sports and activities.

From 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., Cub Scouts took part in baseball, basketball, kickball, ultimate Frisbee golf and swimming, with the opportunity to complete the requirements for belt loops in each sport.

"We had a number of sports that the boys had a chance to learn some skills at and work toward earning their belt loops for those sports," said Chris Burley, Cub Master for Pack 165 in Rutherfordton. "Belt loops are part of the enrichment program where Cub Scouts can earn awards in both academics and sports."

Burley said there are usually three requirements for a belt loop in a specific academic or sports activity. Cub Scouts can also earn a pin in those academic or sports activities by first achieving their belt loop and then finishing five more requirements that correspond with the specific activity.

The older boys classified as Webelos Scouts also had a chance to work on earning their Aquanaut badge requirements, which consist of various swimming skills.

To coincide with the sports day's theme of "Play it safe, know the rules of the game," several guest instructors and speakers visited the Cub Scouts in between activities.

Curtis Snethen, head coach of the Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars brought members of his championship baseball team to teach scouts baseball skills and the rules of the game; Kiva Fuller and Denise Holland representing the Forest City Owls also discussed America's favorite pastime; Dale Sollars, who has helped design several disc golf courses, led scouts in the ultimate Frisbee golf program; Ray Rice of Ray Rice Martial Arts Center provided a demonstration and discussion about discipline and sports; and Suzanne Porter with the United Way Youth Council spoke to scouts about bullying.

"Many thanks go out to the organizers and helpers of the program, including all the volunteers, parents, guardians, presenters and Isothermal for letting the scouts use the campus and facilities for this significant event," Burley said.