WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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123 w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e if you happen to see a Wellesley Girl Scout around town — perhaps at a parade, community cleanup, or, of course, selling cookies — be sure to wish her a happy birthday. Wellesley's troop is celebrating 100 years of scouting in 2015. But there's a wider range where you'll run into Girl and Boy Scouts from Wellesley and Weston. It's not only the cookie or popcorn fundraisers, activities that are in scouting's traditional image. "We have a great many organizations we devote our time to, including Heifer International, where we spend a fall day at a farm in Rutland, Massachusetts, doing hands-on farming service work," says Belinda Harter, who leads Wellesley's Girl Scout Troop #73200. "One of the most exciting things about modern scouting is the complete freedom to explore, for both Boy and Girl Scouts," agrees Matt Janchar, Cubmaster for Pack 157 in Weston, parent of two Cub Scouts, and an Eagle Scout himself. "Programs are so multifaceted, C H E R Y L B . S C A PA R R O T TA writer which really helps youngsters uncover true hidden passions and tal- ents." Indeed, scouting offers a crack at everything from physical fit- ness to science, community service and exploring and the outdoors. "One of the most exciting things for me is watching boys discover a new experience that strikes a spark of passion they may not have uncovered except for scouting," Janchar points out. "While other activ- ities kids can get involved in, such as sports or a musical instrument, can be narrowly focused, scouting lets boys find a new experience that resonates with them." In Weston, Cub Scouts enjoy a science day each February, where a tenured MIT professor (who happens to be a Cub Scout dad) teaches the boys about scientific principles. In recent years, Pack 157 boys have also had overnight campouts at The Museum of Science, on a tall ship in Mystic Connecticut, in the middle of the Pawtucket Red Sox's ball field, and at Battleship Cove in Fall River. C O U R T E S Y W E L L E S L E Y B O Y S C O U T S T R O O P 1 8 5 WESTON AND WELLESLEY SCOUTS MERIT ADMIRATION

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