Del Notre District brings young boys together for scouting
North County district will host its annual day camp in Paso Robles
In an effort to boost membership in the Boy Scouts of America Del Notre District and registration for its day camp this summer, a membership drive will be held on Wednesday, May 20 in Paso Robles Downtown City Park from 5 to 7 p.m. The day camp will be held June 15 through 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Paso Robles Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1020 Creston Drive, for boys 7 through 11 years of age.
“Basically, it’s a huge membership drive,” Boy Scouts of America Los Padres Council District Executive Jillian Shumate said. “We’ll have all of our troops out there showcasing their skills. … I’m hoping we can get 100 more added to our numbers.”
The Los Padres Council has five districts, two of which Shumate is the director of: Del Notre, which includes the area from Santa Margarita to San Miguel; and Camino Real, which is south of the grade to Nipomo. The Del Notre District has a total of 469 youths between the age of 7 and 18 in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorer Post and Adventure Crew. There are 13 Cub Scout packs, 12 Boy Scout troops, one Explorer Post and five Venturing Crews in the district. The Explorer Post and Adventure Crews are coed and open to teens 14 to 21. According to Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scouting is a family oriented program designed specifically to address the needs of younger boys.
“I’m always open to starting new packs and troops, especially in Paso,” Shumate said, adding that Paso Robles only has one troop, what she calls a “super troop,” which has 70 scouts. The only Explorer Post in the district is at Atascadero Police Department, though she said she has been in talks with the Paso Robles Police Department to start an Explorer Post, which is career-minded.
The first 100 boys signed up for Cub Scouts will get a free survival kit that includes a map of California, compass and a flashlight. Shumate is also hoping to include large emergency glow sticks. The day camp will sports and games, archery and BB gun ranges, crafts, leather work, knot-tying, first aid and learning other
To find a local packs and troops along with the times and locations that they meet, go to www.beascout.org. For more information about the day camp or about Boy Scouting, contact Shumate at (805) 461-4019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.