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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"Some of our activities are repeated each year, and some we rotate, so boys get all different types of experiences," Janchar explains. One annual event that takes place nationwide is the Pinewood Derby. Boys have an opportunity to work one-on-one with a parent — or grand- parent — to design, carve, paint, weigh, and race a Pinewood Derby car against fellow scouts, a tradition that millions of American boys have participated in since 1953. Weston's Boy and Girl Scouts, however, are unique in that they have a dedicated meeting place, the venerable Weston Scout House on School Street. "It is a fabulous resource because we automatically have a place to conduct our meetings and activities," says Tricia Tilford of Weston, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Tilford, who herself earned a Gold Award (the highest level of Girl Scouting), also serves as Pack 157's committee chair. Back in 1938, Weston's Girl Scout Council began fundraising to pur- chase land for a Scout House, which came to full fruition in 1941. With a large outdoor grassy area, and inside facilities like a fully functioning kitchen, storage, and workspaces, the Weston Scout House serves the town's Brownie, Girl Scout, Cub Scout, and Boy Scout troops. "There are maybe only a half-dozen Scout Houses in eastern Massachusetts," Tilford states. "We are blessed because not many com- munities have such a resource." Boys to Men Perhaps no one can relate the thrill and benefits of scouting better than an active scout. "Boys gain a lot of life skills from scouting and learn things that carry through life that you don't necessarily get through sports," says Matthew Hornung, an Eagle Scout and a junior at Wellesley High School. "If you're a soccer player who ends up with an injured knee later in life, you may be permanently sidelined. But a lot of abilities 124 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 left: Girl Scouts from Wellesley's Troop 73200 caring for bunnies during a Heifer International volunteer day at a farm in Rutland, Massachusetts; right: Cub Scouts from Weston's Pack 157 explore science concepts at the Weston Scout House "ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING THINGS ABOUT MODERN SCOUTING IS THE COMPLETE FREEDOM TO EXPLORE, FOR BOTH BOY AND GIRL SCOUTS." Matt Janchar | Cubmaster for Pack 157 A Scouting Tale P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F B E L I N D A H A R T E R ( L E F T ) A N D W E S T O N C U B S C O U T P A C K 1 5 7 ( R I G H T )

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