Hundreds of Cub Scouts converge on East Range for ‘duty’

| January 5, 2012 | 0 Comments
More than 600 Cub Scouts get the chance to participate in the APFT, one of the most popular events for the children, at Schofield Barracks’ East Range during their Cub Scout Day, recently. The annual event was hosted by 2nd BCT, 25th ID. (Courtesy of 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

More than 600 Cub Scouts get the chance to participate in the APFT, one of the most popular events for the children, at Schofield Barracks’ East Range during their Cub Scout Day, recently. The annual event was hosted by 2nd BCT, 25th ID. (Courtesy of 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

2nd BCT gives Cubs a taste of military life during Scout Day

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
Public Affairs Office

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, recently had the opportunity to train a slightly different group of personnel than they may be used to training: Cub Scouts.

More than 600 Cub Scouts from across the island came to East Range, here, Dec. 28, 2011, to take part in Schofield Barracks’s annual Cub Scout Day.

“(This is an) annual event in which the division hosts the Scouts and puts on training events for them to participate in (and) helps them see what we do in the Army,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Leonard Norfus, division targeting officer, 25th ID. “We have held this for (more than) 40 years. It is a staple in the division and is a really great day.”

Beginning at 6:30 a.m., the Cub Scouts arrived, loaded into busses and were transported out to the training area, Norfus said.

Soldiers from 2nd BCT, 25th ID help a Cub Scout traverse the rope bridge during the annual Cub Scout Day, recently. More than 600 Cub Scouts from across the island got a taste of military life. (Courtesy of 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Soldiers from 2nd BCT, 25th ID help a Cub Scout traverse the rope bridge during the annual Cub Scout Day, recently. More than 600 Cub Scouts from across the island got a taste of military life. (Courtesy of 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

“This year, due to weather, we had to use the East Range training area,” he added.

After a safety briefing, the Cub Scouts rotated through six stations every 30 minutes.

“We normally do not have six events, but this year, we had an overwhelming number of Scouts come, so we had to create some additional events to make sure everyone could participate,” he said.

One of the more popular events was the Army physical fitness training, or APFT, event, Norfus said.

“This event gave the kids an opportunity to see firsthand how we as Soldiers maintain our strength and stay in shape,” he said.

“It was great to help show these great Scouts how we do things,” said Spc. Darren Banks, event instructor, 2nd BCT. “These kids have lots of heart and kept up when I thought they couldn’t, especially since the (physical training) area was covered in mud, but they seemed to love that.”

Another event was the rappelling tower, where Cub Scouts were allowed to rappel down a sharp incline while under the constant supervision of trained Soldiers.

Also, Cub Scouts received a chance to hold and try on various pieces of equipment, like body armor.

An event that held everyone’s attention was the rope bridge, Norfus added. Cub Scouts were secured to a rope that crossed a small ravine and then made their way across the ravine by pulling themselves on the rope. Even some parents tried their skill at traversing the bridge.

A light medium tactical vehicle and humvees were also on hand to give the Cub Scouts a chance to sit and even ride in an actual Army vehicle, Norfus said.

“It was a really great thing to see our Soldiers and these young Scouts working together,” Norfus said. “The Scouts help instill a type of discipline that we also instill in our Soldiers.

“It was a really great joy and pleasure to be able to participate in this and see the fun the Scouts were having,” he said.

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