Cub Scouts join 2-14th Cav. Scouts for a day of fun

| January 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Nathaniel Beckstrom (center), an Arrow of Light Cub Scout from Pack 166 on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, is helped across a rope line by Spc. Johnie Marquez (right) and Pvt. John Momberger (left), Soldiers from 2-14th Cav. Regt., 2nd IBCT, 25th ID during Schofield Days, Dec. 28, 2017.

 

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. David Beckstrom
2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — During the holidays, Cub Scouts from across Oahu participated in Schofield Days, here, Dec. 27-28.

Soldiers, from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division helped the kids experience what it’s like to be a Cavalry Scout.

“We showed them what it takes to be a Cavalry Scout and taught them how we protect our nation,” said 1st Lt. Adam Irons, the officer in charge of the event and a Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-14th Cav. “We also showed them the ways we are different and the same as them. I hope the kids learned something new and had a good time.”

Spc. Devin Bettencourt, an assistant gunner with C Troop, 2-14th Cav. Regt., applies camouflage face paint to Dante Dunkleberger, a Bear Scout from Pack 166 on Schofield Barracks, during Schofield Days.

During the event, the Cub Scouts used military movement techniques, such as the high and low crawl. They learned about Humvees, weapons and wilderness survival and crossed a ditch by rope line, set up radios and were decked out in body armor and face paint camouflage.

“My favorite part about the day was when we set up the radios and pretended to be restaurant workers talking to people taking orders,” said Dante Dunkleberger, a Bear Scout from Pack 166 on Schofield Barracks. “Being able to play Army with my friends and dad was really cool.”

This event was even more special for service members who had Cub Scouts participating in the event.

“The lessons taught during this event are things that I do on a daily basis. Being able to share them with my son helped strengthen the bond we have,” said Staff Sgt. Steven Dunkleberger, a squad leader with 1st Battalion, 21st Inf. Regt., 2IBCT, 25ID. “Being in the military I have had to be away from my family for training and deployments, so events like these where we can get that father/son bonding time is a cherished time for us.”

Dante Dunkleberger, a Bear Scout, crosses a ditch on a rope line with the help from Spc. Marquez, 2-14 Cav., during Schofield Days.

Outreach
The military has several community relations and outreach programs, such as this to build a sense of community and to build a better future, said Irons.

The 2-14th Cav. wants to continue to inspire kids to be even greater than they already are.

“The Aloha Council has been working with the military in Hawaii from several decades and are honored to be partnered with them for events like this,” said Christi Wetzel, an area leadership executive with the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “We look forward to many more years of partnership and mentoring the leaders of tomorrow.

More online
For more details on Boy Scouts of America in Hawaii, call the local office at (808) 595-6366 or go to www.ScoutingHawaii.org.

Cub Scouts from across Oahu low crawl through a mud pit during Schofield Days.

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