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

EPA Administrator Wheeler and National Capital Area Council, BSA Scout Executive Craig Poland sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the Boy Scouts Memorial in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON (August 17, 2020) – Today U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Boy Scouts of America (BSA) CEO and President Roger C. Mosby signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the creation of an EPA/BSA special award to be awarded as part of a new environmental education awards and recognition program.

“I was an Eagle Scout growing up in Ohio, and I can definitely say scouting is where I learned to love the environment,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “This award program challenges Scouts to earn multiple environment-related merit badges in the areas of animal study, outdoor activity, Earth science, and Public Health, and increases awareness of EPA's accomplishments during its first 50 years.”

“Since the very beginning of the Boy Scouts of America, conservation and environmental studies have been an integral part of our program. Scouts have provided service to their communities and to our country by helping to conserve wildlife, energy, forests, soil and water,” said Boy Scouts of America President and CEO Roger C. Mosby. “We are proud to sign the first-ever Memorandum of Understanding with the Environmental Protection Agency so that we can continue to challenge and empower Scouts to learn more about and care for the world around them.”

“For 110 years, the Boy Scouts of America have used the outdoors as a classroom to educate youth and adults on the importance of being good stewards of our natural resources. This partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency will have a positive impact on thousands of youth and our environment,” said Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council Scout Executive & CEO Craig Poland.

Aligned with EPA's 50th Anniversary Commemoration, the program includes several activities that help to fulfill EPA's obligations under the 1990 National Environmental Education Act to promote environmental education and to provide national leadership to increase environmental literacy.

The EPA-sponsored award will challenge Scouts to learn about, explore, and conserve the world around them as part of an awareness campaign to educate the public about EPA's accomplishment during its first 50 years and develop the vision for the next 50 years. The program will also provide EPA with opportunities to educate BSA member councils and leadership about priority initiatives including Trash Free Waters, Winning on Reducing Food Waste, and Healthy Schools.

The program will introduce Scouts to the breadth of EPA's involvement in environmental protection and conservation, combining a variety of disciplines including earth sciences, animal studies, outdoor activities, and public health. To receive the EPA award, Scouts must first receive merit badges in each of these four areas and participate in an environmental/public health community service project, totaling at least six hours, as part of an approved Scouting program. Scouts may complete required steps to earn the award between April 22, 2020 and December 31, 2021, at which time the MOU may be extended.

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 Environmental Protection Agency
EPA works to ensure that Americans have clean air, land and water; national efforts to reduce environmental risks are based on the best available scientific information; federal laws protecting human health and the environment are administered and enforced fairly, effectively and as Congress intended; environmental stewardship is integral to U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy; all parts of society–communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments–have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks; contaminated lands and toxic sites are cleaned up by potentially responsible parties and revitalized; and chemicals in the marketplace are reviewed for safety.

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Mon, Aug 17, 2020

Interactive Event Featuring NASCAR Driver Joey Logano and Astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris to also Benefit AdoptAClassroom.org to Help Schools and Students Access Needed Resources

The Boy Scouts of America is inviting kids and their families to build their own adventure during the interactive Family Fun Fest on August 8th. During the virtual-based event, families will help build a high-speed Pinewood Derby car, design a rocket to launch in their backyard and learn how to care for furry friends.

IRVING, Texas, Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Boy Scouts of America is inviting kids to build their own adventure during the interactive Family Fun Fest on August 8th. This free virtual event will feature experts like NASCAR driver Joey Logano and renowned former astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris, but the fun twist is that kids who attend will call the shots and decide how the event unfolds in real time. All kids ­– Scouts and non-Scouts alike – are welcome to join the excitement and help build a high-speed Pinewood Derby car, design a rocket to launch in their backyard, learn how to care for furry friends and win fun prizes.

“For many families, uncertainty has put experiences that bring joy on hold. We are excited to offer a unique escape where children will be empowered to build their adventure and their confidence as they embark on a new school year,” said Roger C. Mosby, president and CEO of the Boy Scouts of America. “This event is a snapshot of how Scouting uses fun and adventure to help children build character, confidence and resilience, which will be important for them this year and into the future.”

Families can join on Facebook Live during part, or all, of this activity-packed three-hour event, during which attendees will get to build a DIY water rocket, go on an insider tour of NASCAR driver Joey Logano's Ford Mustang GT and help build an ultimate derby car that will compete for a championship title at the Ultimate BSA Speedway event happening on September 12th.

Working with AdoptAClassroom.org, the event will also invite participants to thank and support teachers who are working to inspire safe learning environments in the new school year.

“We're so grateful the Boy Scouts of America chose AdoptAClassroom.org as their service partner for the Family Fun Fest,” said Ann Pifer, executive director of AdoptAClassroom.org. “We admire their commitment to teaching young people how to be good citizens and give back. This year more than ever before, it's essential we support our nation's K-12 teachers, as they continue to give so much to their students, every single day.”

To learn more about the Family Fun Fest, visit www.scouting.org/familyfunfest.

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 AdoptAClassroom.org
We are a national, award-winning nonprofit that provides the most flexible and accountable funding for K-12 teachers and schools throughout the U.S. Our proprietary, easy-to-use education fundraising platform helps teachers, principals, and administrators give every child the tools they deserve to succeed in school. Since 1998, we have raised $39 million and supported 5.4 million students. As a 501(c)(3) organization, we hold a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a platinum rating of transparency from Guidestar. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit www.adoptaclassroom.org.

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Tue, Aug 04, 2020

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