Welcome to the Pack 180 website. Our Cub Scout program offers fun and challenging activities to promote character development, citizenship, and physical fitness for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade. It is our mission to provide each scout a safe, exciting and valuable Cub Scouting experience to prepare him for the challenges of scouting, while developing the necessary life skills to help him succeed in future endeavors. Holden Cub Scouts Pack 180 provides a year round quality program for youths in Holden and the surrounding towns. If you have a youth interested in joining cub scouts please use our contact option  for more information.

Cub Scout Pack 180 is sponsored by the Holden Congregational Church in Holden, Massachusetts. Holden Cub Scouts, Pack 180 is a proud member of the Quinsigamond District in the Mohegan Council of the Boy Scouts of America. We are one of the oldest Packs in Massachusetts, serving scouting for over 67 years. Cub Scouts offer fun and challenging activities to promote character development, citizenship, and physical fitness for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (or ages 6 – 10). In our Pack, parents and leaders work together to help the boys grow in the ideals of Scouting.

National Scouting News

Scouts nationwide to give special attention to those who have not yet received customary funeral honors due to the COVID-19 pandemic

IRVING, TX and WASHINGTON (May 19, 2020) – Scouts across the country will build on the tradition of honoring our nation's fallen heroes this Memorial Day by posting public tributes to our veterans in partnership with the National Cemetery Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

This effort will take place through the Veterans Legacy Memorial – a digital memorial that houses a profile for each of the 3.7 million veterans interred in one of more than 140 national cemeteries.

Among those fallen heroes are veterans who have passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic – at a time when customary services and funeral honors cannot safely be performed. The names of those veterans are listed on the Veterans Affairs Roll of Honor webpage, which is updated daily and includes their branch of service and location of burial.

“Our Scouts learn the importance of duty to country and of honoring the people who served it through the values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law,” said Boy Scouts of America CEO Roger Mosby, a U.S. Navy veteran. “It is our privilege to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to show our gratitude to fallen service members who otherwise may not receive the attention they deserve during this trying time for our country.”

Scouts will also participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day by saluting the American flag at their home in full Scouting uniform and saying the name of a fallen service member as they would if placing a flag at a grave. At 3:01 p.m., Scouting buglers and horn players nationwide will then perform “Taps,” the melody traditionally played at U.S. military funerals. Leading up to Memorial Day, Scouts may also place flags at headstones, as individuals or with members of their family, where regulations allow.

“This collaboration between the Boy Scouts of America and the National Cemetery Administration represents a significant effort to honor and express gratitude to our nation's Veterans on this Memorial Day and every day,” said Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves.

Members of the public are encouraged to participate in this collective tribute for our fallen heroes by leaving a message for at least one veteran by Memorial Day on the Veterans Legacy Memorial webpage and by joining Scouts and the country in the National Moment of Remembrance.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of more than 2.1 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 800,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org.

About the National Cemetery Administration

VA operates 142 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites in 41 states and Puerto Rico. Nearly 5 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA's national cemeteries. For Veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. Information on VA burial benefits is available from local VA national cemetery offices, online at www.va.gov/burials-memorials/or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000.

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Tue, May 19, 2020

Fun event for all features camp-themed activities and virtual 5K hike benefitting Feeding America

Irving, Texas (April 23, 2020)— The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) invites families with children of all ages to join in on a day of adventure during a National Camp-In on May 2. From camp-style cooking to campfire singalongs, this virtual event will bring the best parts of Scouting to life through a variety of activities for all to enjoy from their living room or backyard – even for families whose children are not currently in Scouting.

“We are bringing the excitement of Scouting and the outdoors to families that are adjusting to the great indoors together,” said April McMillan, Ph.D., the National Director of Program for the Boy Scouts of America. “This Camp-In will be a source of entertainment for families and an opportunity to make memories proving you can still have fun learning and exploring, even while social distancing.”

A full schedule of activities awaits families starting at 11:00a.m. EST, with attendees welcome to tune in all day or jump in and out for particular activities. In addition to the campsite building contest, merit badge workshops, outdoor cooking demonstration and virtual campfire, all campers are invited to participate in the National Good Turn virtual 5K hike to benefit Feeding America to help replenish food supplies in hundreds of food banks across the country.

“Whether you are a Scout or a Scout for the day, we want to give everyone the chance to build positive memories together during this unprecedented challenge we're all facing,” said Roger Mosby, CEO and President of the Boy Scouts of America. “The power of Scouting comes from those who participate, learn, grow and give back. We look forward to bringing our communities together in a safe way to have fun and make a difference for those in need by raising money to replenish food banks across the country.”

To learn more about the National Camp-In, visit www.Scouting.org/CampIn. Families are encouraged to share their excitement and experiences using #CampIn and #ScoutingAtHome before, during and after the event.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of more than 2.1 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 800,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org.

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Thu, Apr 23, 2020

The annual Report to the Nation gives youth once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present Scouting accomplishments to nation's leaders in Washington, D.C.

Irving, Texas (March 3, 2020)— This week, 13 youth delegates from across the United States will represent the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, D.C., to present the organization's annual Report to the Nation to top U.S. officials. The report, designated in the BSA's congressional charter, details the impact millions of Scouts and Scouting volunteers have made throughout 2019.

“The accomplishments and milestones achieved in 2019 reinforce the important role that Scouting plays in the lives of young people and our communities,” said Roger C. Mosby, President and CEO of the Boy Scouts of America. “From standing up to bullying to recovering hundreds of acres of wilderness after the Ute Park Fire, this past year saw millions of young people join together to improve our communities, through actions big and small, in the past year. I am both inspired and optimistic about what that means for the future of the organization and, more importantly, for our nation.”

Being selected as a Report to the Nation delegate from among approximately 2.1 million youth members is an honor for BSA youth. The delegates were selected due to their outstanding representation of the values BSA strives to instill in our nation's young people. Each delegate represents their communities, as well as more than 100 million youth members who have been part of the BSA and the millions who will follow. The 2019 delegation includes:

• Zachary Bryant; Atlanta, Georgia
• Hannah Carter; Santa Ana, California
• Maya Chimal; Kennewick, Washington
• Isabella Tunney; St. Paul, Minnesota
• Bryan Fencl Jr.; San Diego, California
• Laura Sun; San Jose, California
• Terry Hendriex; Peoria, Illinois
• David Taylor; Florence, South Carolina
• Jaden Jenkins; Enid, Oklahoma
• Keerthin Karthikeyan; Tupelo, Mississippi
• Pamela Petterchak; St. Louis, Missouri
• Gisselle Lugo; Massapequa, New York
• Zachary Schonfeld; Bethesda, Maryland

The delegation will deliver the annual report to key members of U.S. federal government leadership. To keep track of the Report to the Nation delegates during their time in Washington, D.C., watch for daily blog posts on Bryan on Scouting and follow Scouting magazine on Facebook and Twitter. You can also view photos updated daily on BSA's Flickr page. The complete Report to the Nation is available online at ScoutingNewsroom.org. Highlights from the report include:

More than 150,000 young women joined Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA by the end of 2019. Scouts provided more than 13.2 million hours of service to their communities at a value of more than $335 million (based on a national volunteer-hour value of $25.43). A record of 61,353 Scouts earned the Eagle Scout Award, beating the 2012 record. Earning the Eagle Scout rank requires the completion of an extensive service project, which resulted in more than $218 million in community service. Nearly 900,000 Scouts attended BSA high-adventure camps in West Virginia, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Florida, as well as thousands of Scout day and summer camps. In all, Scouts across all programs camped a total of more than 5 million nights during 2019. Scouts earned more than 1.7 million merit badges in 138 different subjects. The co-ed Exploring program celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2019, marking decades of helping young people explore future careers, from law enforcement to healthcare, teaching to STEM. For the first time in more than 50 years, the World Scout Jamboree was held in North America, where more than 40,000 attendees from more than 150 nations gathered at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. The iconic Philmont Scout Ranch, which suffered extensive damage from the Ute Park Fire, reopened in 2019 thanks to more than 71,000 hours of service provided by hundreds of Scouts, Venturers, and volunteers. Soon after, the National High-Adventure Base welcomed more than 24,000 campers, making it Philmont's largest summer ever.

The BSA is proud to be a part of preparing our young people for life and for leadership, and the organization looks forward to helping shape tomorrow's leaders for many years to come.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of more than 2.1 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 800,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org.

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Tue, Mar 03, 2020

Local Councils are Not Filing for Bankruptcy as They are Legally Separate and Distinct Organizations

IRVING, TX – February 18, 2020 – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) today announced that the national organization has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue carrying out its mission for years to come. The BSA intends to use the Chapter 11 process to create a Victims Compensation Trust that would provide equitable compensation to victims.

Scouting programs, including unit meetings and activities, council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects, will continue throughout this process and for many years to come. The BSA fully intends to maintain its commitments to its members, families, volunteer leaders, employees, retirees, donors and alumni to the fullest extent permitted by bankruptcy laws. The organization also will pay its vendors and partners for all goods and services delivered from today forward.

Local councils, which provide programming, financial, facility and administrative support to Scouting units in their communities, have not filed for bankruptcy. They are legally separate, distinct and financially independent from the national organization.

“The BSA cares deeply about all victims of abuse and sincerely apologizes to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to harm innocent children,” said Roger Mosby, President and Chief Executive Officer. “While we know nothing can undo the tragic abuse that victims suffered, we believe the Chapter 11 process – with the proposed Trust structure – will provide equitable compensation to all victims while maintaining the BSA's important mission.”

Establishment of the Victims Compensation Trust and Support for Victims of Abuse

The BSA has an important duty to keep children safe, supported and protected while preparing them for their futures, and the organization has every intention of continuing to fulfill these important responsibilities.

Tragically, there have been times when individuals took advantage of the BSA's programs to harm children. The BSA firmly believes that a proposed Victims Compensation Trust structure is the best means of compensating victims in a way that is equitable and protects their identities. The BSA encourages victims to come forward to file a claim as the bankruptcy process moves forward and will provide clear and comprehensive notices about how to do so.

The BSA has, for years, funded in-person counseling for any current or former Scout who was a victim of abuse as well as victims' family members, by a provider of their choice. As an extension of this commitment to supporting victims, the BSA recently announced a partnership with 1in6, a trusted national resource for male survivors, to expand their services so that victims of abuse are able to anonymously access vital support from trained advocates when and how they need it. Victims can access 1in6 services at www.1in6.org/BSA. This is a multiyear commitment, which the BSA feels is an important component of its ongoing efforts to support victims.

Maintaining Programming and Upholding Commitments to All Stakeholders

Scouting will continue to provide unparalleled programs to young people – keeping them safe, supported and protected as it prepares them for their futures. The BSA today has some of the strongest, expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization, including mandatory youth protection training and background checks for all volunteers and staff, as well as policies that prohibit one-on-one interaction between youth and adults and require all volunteers and staff to report any suspected abuse to law enforcement.

Additional information about the BSA's multilayered safeguards, our commitment to support victims, and our efforts to be part of the broader solution to child abuse is available at www.scouting.org/youth-safety.

Read the BSA's Open Letter to Victims here.

More information and updates about the restructuring are available via the national organization's dedicated restructuring website, www.BSArestructuring.org. Victims, as well as vendors and other potential creditors who have questions about their claims may contact Restructuring@scouting.org or call 1-866-907-BSA1 for the fastest response.

The BSA is represented in the restructuring by Sidley Austin LLP as legal counsel and Alvarez & Marsal North America LLC, as financial advisor.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.2 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 800,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org.

Learn about the BSA's youth protection policies in place today at www.scouting.org/youth-safety.

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Tue, Feb 18, 2020