Farmington Cub Scout Pack 170 spent the summer planting a garden in the Kolp Community Garden plots at the Farmington Flats on Meadow Road.
They have donated 212 pounds of produce grown to the Farmington Food Pantry to date and sold fruits and vegetables at the Hill-Stead Farmers Market. Produce grown includes "corn, zucchini, yellow squash, varieties of lettuce, onions, carrots, kale, broccoli, tomatoes, beans, peas, pumpkins and acorn squash," parent Don MacMillan wrote in an email to Patch.
Now the pack is looking to grow its membership.
"In Cub Scouting you'll have lots of fun, adventure, and activities with your den and pack," Pack Committee Chairman Edward O'Reilly said in a statement. "But there's more to it than that. Being a Cub Scout means you are a member of a worldwide youth movement that stands for certain values and beliefs. Cub Scouting is more than something to do. It's all about the boy you are and the person you will become."
Boys first through fifth grade who are between 7 to 10 years old are eligible to join. The pack currently includes West District Elementary School and West Woods Upper Elementary School students.
O'Reilly said that character development is a key part of being a Cub Scout and that the program emphasizes twelve core values: citizenship, compassion, cooperation, courage, faith, health and fitness, honesty, perseverance, positive attitude, resourcefulness, respect and responsibility.
Most recently, the boys participated in an overnight trip to Winding Trails involving a "climbing wall and zip line adventure" on Oct. 5, funded by their popcorn sales, Don MacMillan said.
"Whenever a boy joins cub scouts the first thing they ask is 'when can I go camping.' Camping out and learning to respect nature and how to be prepared to go out into the wilderness is central to scouting," he said. "Every time we have a camp out the scouts make great memories and have a lot of fun learning new skills like fishing, knot tying, etc."
For more information, contact the pack at email@example.com or visit its Facebook page. Pack meetings are typically held the second Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m.