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.


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Leaders from more than 50 Countries Join Jamboree Organizers and Local Community Leaders to Kick-off the Countdown as 40,000 Scouts and Scouters Prepare to “Unlock a New World”

GLEN JEAN, WV, April, 11, 2019 – Celebrating the 100-day countdown to the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, organizers and local leaders welcomed Scouting leaders from more than 55 countries to the Summit Bechtel Reserve to introduce them to the home of the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

“The values of Scouting are important to every community across the United States and around the world,” said West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. “As a longstanding supporter of the Summit Bechtel Reserve, I'm honored West Virginia was selected to host its first-ever World Scout Jamboree, and I can't wait to personally welcome all 50,000 Scouts and Scouters in a few months. We live in an unbelievable place, and this July, Scouts from around the world will be able to see for themselves why West Virginia is Almost Heaven.”

The World Scout Jamboree is the largest outdoor educational event organized by the Scout Movement, gathering as many as 50,000 Scouts and leaders every four years from 169 National Scout Organizations. A staff of 9,000 volunteers will deliver a life-changing experience to the Scouts from around the globe to the world's most sustainable campsite, the 10,000-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia for this once-in-a-lifetime event from July 22 to August 2, 2019.

“Looking across the Jamboree landscape, we are blessed with a world-class site that will be staffed by a world-class team and supported by the most hospitable community in the U.S.,” noted 2019 World Scout Jamboree co-chair Scott Sorrells. “The next 100 days will be a time of great activity and excitement as enthusiasm from Scouts around the world drives us to deliver an unprecedented event.”

Celebrating collaboration and partnership, the World Organization of the Scout Movement, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, selected Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México and the Boy Scouts of America to co-host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. The youth bid team, known as the Dream Team, chose “Unlock a New World” as the event theme to highlight the new adventures, cultures and friendships that will be shared by Scouts from around the world during the twelve-day event.

“It is my honor to help welcome the world of Scouting to West Virginia for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree,” said U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. “I look forward to seeing the great recognition the 2019 World Scout Jamboree will bring to West Virginia. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is the type of investment that West Virginia needs, and I will continue to advocate for investments like this.”

The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will include a wide variety of outdoor adventure activities in a camping environment. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is the most advanced adventure facility for youth in the world. Participants may choose from nearly 50 “wild and wonderful” adventures such as whitewater rafting, zip lining, rock climbing, skateboarding and mountain biking.

“What an incredible opportunity to showcase the wild and wonderful beauty of West Virginia on a global scale! As Scouts from around the world come visit Summit Bechtel Reserve, raft down the New River Gorge, and hike the Appalachian mountains, I have no doubt they'll learn so much about leadership, character, and achievement; and I'm certain they'll want to return again and again,” noted U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito.

The World Scout Jamboree offers an inviting atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding and fosters a social interaction and engagement among Scouts from different cultures, this is a hallmark of the Jamboree experience. Above all, the 2019 World Scout Jamboree is an educational event that brings together the world's young people to promote peace, mutual understanding and to develop leadership and life skills.

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will feature the hallmarks of past world jamborees, including:

The Global Development Village (GDV) is an interactive space designed to raise awareness of global issues, encouraging Scouts to create a better world. The GDV's focus will be on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Centro Mondial is an educational area with three components: Faith & Beliefs, Living in the 21st Century and the North American Dream. World Point will be hub of excitement and activity during the 24th World Scout Jamboree. Here, National Scout Organizations are encouraged to highlight their culture and demonstrate the uniqueness of their countries. Scouts will explore the different cultures and how what makes us different can actually draw us together.

Additionally, programming throughout the Jamboree will incorporate an emphasis on cross cultural respect and engagement, as well as gender equality.

For more information about the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, please visit http://2019wsj.org.

About the 2019 World Scout Jamboree

The 2019 World Scout Jamboree, hosted by Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America, will welcome 40,000 Scouts and leaders from 170 National Scout Organizations to the world's most sustainable campsite—the 10,000-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. From July 22 to August 2, 2019, the 24th World Scout Jamboree will deliver nearly 50 “wild and wonderful” activities from the most advanced adventure facility for youth in the world. The World Scout Jamboree is the largest outdoor educational event organized every four years by the World Scout Movement, an international organization made up of more than 50 million Scouts connected through a network of 170 National Scout Organizations. Find out more at www.scout.org.

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Thu, Apr 11, 2019

All New Scouts – Young Women and Young Men – Who Join Scouts BSA Will Have the Opportunity to Earn the Prestigious Eagle Scout Rank

IRVING, TX – February 1, 2019 – From twilight hikes, to festive launch parties and campouts, thousands of Scouts, parents, and volunteers will celebrate nationwide as the Boy Scouts of America welcomes for the first time both young women and young men ages 11-17 into its most iconic program for character and leadership development.

“I have never felt more joy or exhilaration than I do right now in founding our troop,” shared Kim Foli, a soon-to-be Scoutmaster from Gainesville, Florida. “My daughter and I knew we had to do this last year when it was announced. Scouting was the best thing I could have done with my son, and now I walk the trail with my daughter. Scout me in!”

For more than five decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been welcoming young women into its Venturing, Exploring, Sea Scouts and STEM Scouts programs. And today, the BSA is further expanding that legacy by welcoming young women into Scouts BSA.

“I could not be more excited for what this means for the next generation of leaders in our nation,” said Michael B. Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive. “Through Scouts BSA, more young people than ever before – young women and men – will get to experience the benefits of camaraderie, confidence, resilience, trustworthiness, courage and kindness through a time-tested program that has been proven to build character and leadership.”

By welcoming boys and girls into these iconic Scouting programs, the Boy Scouts of America is responding to the requests of families who, for years, have sought these opportunities for every member of their family.

“As a parent with both sons and daughters, I have seen firsthand the unique experiences available to our sons in the BSA and have been asking the BSA to create an option for our daughters every year for the last decade,” noted Alex J Sobtzak Sr. of Spring Hill, Florida. “I am so excited that my daughters will have the same opportunities as my sons.”

For many young women, the opportunity to join Scouts BSA comes after years of attending Scouting events with their families. “I have been an honorary Scout since I was two when I'd hang out with my older brother. I was never able to earn the badges, but I was always there,” said Rachel P from Sandpoint, Idaho. “Now I get to do all of that on my own.”

Through participation in all-girl troops, young women that join Scouts BSA will learn from the same program, earn the same merit badges and achieve the same advancements that boys have earned for nearly 109 years in the Boy Scout program.

“I've been saying for years that everything we teach boys applies equally to girls. Now, girls can have the same fun, adventure and personal growth that boys have been having,” explained Mike Harlan of Louisville, Kentucky. “We are training the future leaders of our communities and nation, and those future leaders will be women and men. Helping them learn and grow through Scouting is the best investment I can make in the future of my community, our country and society.”

For more than 100 years, the pinnacle of the Scouting experience for some has been achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Starting today, young women can begin the journey toward that goal, and the BSA will ensure that all new Scouts BSA members have a fair opportunity to earn the prestigious Eagle Scout rank. The BSA will celebrate our inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts in 2020.

“Scouting has been a big part of my family for many generations,” said Bryan Blair of Richland, Washington. “Scouting isn't just something I do; it is a fundamental part of who I am. I am an Eagle Scout and always will be. But more importantly, I am a husband and father to wonderful daughters who deserve all I have to give them. My daughters now have every opportunity I had.”

To learn more or join, visit www.Scouting.org/ScoutsBSA.

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 960,000 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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Fri, Feb 01, 2019

In Just One Year, Students Show Shift in Interests – Moving toward STEM, Away from Entertainment.

– Ongoing nationwide survey helps BSA's Exploring program match career experiences with student interests, high-demand career opportunities.

– Top 10 most-popular careers show year-over-year shift with computer programmer jumping 14 spots to No. 3; veterinarian and teacher replace singer and actor.

– Popularity of STEM careers rose, with 52 percent of students expressing interest in 2017, compared to 45 percent in 2016.

– GE among top companies introducing students to career options through Exploring posts.

IRVING, Texas, Aug. 22, 2018 – As the school year gets underway, Exploring, the youth career-development program created by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), is closely examining how best to bridge students' interests with future in-demand jobs. Today, the program released the findings of its Career Interest Survey, offering insight into the aspirations of the future workforce. This year revealed several year-over-year changes – STEM professions moved up, claiming the top three careers youth are most interested in, and entertainment careers dropped from the top 10 list completely.

The survey, which helps Exploring develop real-life job experiences that combine student interests with in-demand career opportunities, was fielded in 2017 to more than 32,000 students from 8th through 12th grades. More than 200 career options were offered to enable a broad view of student interests – and an indicator as to where talent gaps may appear in the years ahead.

The top 10 list of most popular careers got quite a shakeup in 2017. Overall, interest in STEM-related professions, including health-care careers, jumped to 52 percent in 2017, versus 45 percent in 2016, with interest shifting away from pop-culture careers. For instance, physician and computer programmer replaced professional athlete and artist for the second- and third-place positions. Singer, actor, photographer, and athletic trainer completely dropped from the top 10 list, making room for the newcomers: computer programmer, mechanical engineer, teacher, attorney, and computer engineer

The top 10 most popular careers from the 2017 survey were:

Registered Nurse (ranked #1 in 2016) Physician/Surgeon (ranked #6 in 2016) Computer Programmer (new to the top 10 list) Veterinarian (ranked #8 in 2016) Professional Athlete (ranked #2 in 2016) Mechanical Engineer (new to the top 10 list) Teacher (new to the top 10 list) Artist (ranked #3 in 2016) Attorney (new to the top 10 list) Computer Engineer (new to the top 10 list)

“It's encouraging to see a positive shift in interest toward STEM careers in just one year given concerns surrounding the shortage of STEM talent across a variety of industries,” said Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh. “Through Exploring, we introduce youth to real-world STEM career experiences so the jobs of the future are familiar and within reach as they are making decisions about their educational and career paths.”

Whether it's learning alongside doctors in the medical field, or using open source code to create 3D-printed prosthetic limbs for people in need, students are in an optimal position to benefit from hands-on STEM field experiences. These young people can immediately take what they're learning in school and put it to use in real-world settings in a meaningful way. Through this kind of experiential education, young men and women are better able to see themselves in the full spectrum of STEM careers available to them.

“At GE, we know that the future STEM workforce is critical to innovations yet to be discovered, so we take seriously our role in helping young people spark an interest in pursuing a STEM career,” said John McDonald, Smart Grid Business Development Leader at GE Power's Grid Solutions business and Exploring leader. “That's why we partnered with Exploring – to give students real-world opportunities and experiences that open them up to a world of exciting and fulfilling careers.”

Interest Lags in Other High-Growth Fields

Both men and women showed a lag in interest toward other high-growth career fields, including lesser-known STEM positions such as statistician, software developer, mathematician and information security analyst; and fields related to renewable energy, like solar photovoltaic installers and wind turbine service technicians.

“These results will help us focus Exploring's efforts in the years ahead to help students learn about high-demand careers they perhaps were unaware of or uncertain about,” said Diane Thornton, National Director of Exploring. “They also provide an indicator to industries as to where they can focus education and recruiting initiatives. By collaborating our efforts, we can help students discover paths to high-potential careers, while at the same time working to avoid potential labor shortages in areas critical to our nation's growth.”

About the Exploring Program

The Exploring program is available to youth through Learning for Life, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that provides character, leadership and career education programs through sponsoring agencies or groups. The Exploring program is currently offered nationwide, serving young men and women from middle school through high school. To learn more about Exploring and experience all that this program has to offer youth, business leaders and the community, visit www.exploring.org.

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 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 960,000 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 GE Power

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world's electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world's energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. For more information please visit www.ge.com/power, and follow GE Power on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

Survey Methodology: A total of 32,855 respondents were surveyed in 2017. A total of 31,115 respondents completed the survey online, and the balance completed the survey using a paper Scantron form. In total, the students could pick from 209 careers grouped into 12 categories.

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Wed, Aug 22, 2018
Photo: FiOS1 News

A group of scientifically-inclined 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in Northern New Jersey Council are learning lessons beyond just science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Through team work, experiments, and exciting topics, the STEM Scouts program is helping these young geniuses develop character, leadership, and academic strengths they'll use long after their school days are behind them.

Teacher and STEM Scouts lab leader Diana Robles knows the importance of a curriculum that teaches kids in a way that's both fun and relevant to modern science, and with the help of the STEM Scouts program, she's filling that need for her students. In a recent interview with FiOS1 News, she explained how this updated approach to learning augments her teaching and helps her students.

“As we know, we live in a very technology-driven world, so we need to make sure that we are adapting our teaching methods to meet the needs of the changes that are going on around us so that we can really prepare these kids for the future.”

The STEM Scouts program, which is offered to boys and girls from elementary to high school, teaches science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun and engaging way though learning modules. As pictured in the video below, the “What's the Matter?” module teaches students about the states of matter though discussions and fun experiments with solids, liquids, and gasses, and how they can change.

According to Robles, the benefits of the STEM Scouts curriculum don't end in academia. Through hands-on activities, STEM Scouts have an opportunity to build skills like teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.

Fifth grade STEM Scout Archie M., who wants to be a scientist one day himself, explained to FiOS1 News, “It helps me talk to my friends easier because we work as a group now and it helps me in science class.”

See for yourself how STEM Scouts is providing kids with exciting learning experiences in the video below from FiOS1 News, and the full article here.

For more information on the STEM Scouts program, and to find a lab near you, visit STEMScouts.org.

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Mon, Jul 16, 2018