2018-01-18 / Columnists

Scouting Report

by Kristin Cosci

Happy New Year! To start, a big THANK YOU to the many members of our local community who donated their time, food and money to help make our December Pasta Night fundraiser a success. I hope that some of you were in attendance and won some great raffle prizes!

Throughout my next few articles, I plan to shine a spotlight on our fifth graders with the rank of Webelos (“We Be Loyal Scouts”). The Webelos have been working toward their Arrow of Light rank, which marks a milestone and significant achievement in a cub scout’s growth. In March, the fifth grade Webelos should all be achieving this special rank and will participate in a “Bridging Ceremony” that celebrates their achievements and their crossing over into boy scouts. Think of it like cub scout graduation.

Pack 104 is lucky enough to have a large number of Webelos who make up three separate dens, each with its own leaders, sub-culture and experiences. My son, Evan, is a member of Den 7, led by Greg Merigliano and Erin Robilotta. Many of these boys started together as Tigers in first grade and worked their way through the ranks. They have volunteered for the West Babylon Main Street Organization, Backpack for Hunger, Fred Shores’ Beach Club and Run for the Warriors. This tight-knit group has hiked, zip-lined, painted, fished, whittled and made their own movie together. They raced cars in a pinewood derby and were so intensely competitive that one pregnant mom went into labor after the event. (We suggested naming the baby “Pinewood,” but she didn’t agree.) When I interviewed the boys about their scouting experiences, they had the outdoors on their mind.


In photo are Caleb Merigliano, Evan Cosci, Mayor Ralph Scordino, Matthew Murtha, Mitchell Daly, Ryan Von Buttgereit and Tommy Robilotta. Missing from photo is Steven Golofaro. In photo are Caleb Merigliano, Evan Cosci, Mayor Ralph Scordino, Matthew Murtha, Mitchell Daly, Ryan Von Buttgereit and Tommy Robilotta. Missing from photo is Steven Golofaro. Q: Can you tell me your names?

A: (Taking turns around the room) Evan Cosci, Ryan Von Buttgereit, Steven Galafaro, Caleb Merigliano, Tommy Robilotta and Mitchell Daley. [Fellow scout Matthew Murtha missed the interview.]

Q: What are your favorite places you’ve been to with cub scouts?

A: (Everyone speaking on top of each other) Fishing! Probably the shooting range; it was fun to shoot the BB gun; Camping.

Q: What were your favorites activities?

A: Pinewood Derby. Oh, what is that other one called? Rain Gutter Regatta, because I came in first place! Building rockets.

Q: Some of you have little brothers in cub scouts. Why did you tell your little brothers to join?

A: It’s really fun and you get to do a lot with the outdoors. You learn to appreciate the outdoors, plus it’s educational.

Next month, meet the boys of Den 6A! For more information, or if other packs from the area would like to contribute, please contact joinpack104@gmail.com.

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