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Old Tappan Volunteers Seeks Leaders To Help Revive Scouts Program

Old Tappan seeks to revive its Boy Scout programs for youngsters of all levels.
Old Tappan seeks to revive its Boy Scout programs for youngsters of all levels. Photo Credit: Kate Merritt
Old Tappan seeks to revive its pine wood derby and other events for the future of its Boy Scout troops.
Old Tappan seeks to revive its pine wood derby and other events for the future of its Boy Scout troops. Photo Credit: Kate Merritt

OLD TAPPAN, NJ — A trio of Old Tappan volunteers is asking the community to help revive the borough's Cub Scouts programs.

The troop lost members and viable leaders willing to offer their time over the years, but several adults are stepping up.

"It was in disarray. Leaders weren’t being developed on an ongoing basis to handle situations and the health of the pack, ” said Allen Sterk, the unit commissioner.

Sterk, a previous president and captain of the Old Tappan First Aid Corps, has teamed up with Police Officer Kate Weaver and her husband, Ryan.

They've recruited a dozen new Tiger Cub Scouts and are trying to rally support for the older troops, who need the most assistance.

“We need the adults to make it work, to run pack meetings," Sterk said. "Boy Scouts are where groups really learn to be leaders and we are lacking that.”

A pine wood derby and a blue and gold members’ dinner is in the works. But the group is more than just socializing.

"They learn basic life skills," Sterk said. "They learn how to prepare a meal, and something as simple as taking care of themselves outdoors and during bad weather. They learn how to do things for other people, and as a team.”

Much like emergency services, scouting offers a way for those to volunteer their time and give back to the community.

The group encourages adults to share their skills in architecture, photography, rocketry, woodworking, and other areas of interest.

"If we can bring all of these different skills out, they can extend those skills to the boys," Sterk said.

MORE INFO: Kate Weaver KWeaver120@yahoo.com

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