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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learned in Boy Scouts are relevant to day-to-day life, such as basic first aid, lifeguard training, and the leadership and community values that naturally come with those kinds of talents." Hornung, who currently serves as senior patrol leader in Wellesley's Boy Scout Troop 185, joined Cub Scouts in first grade, and has been part of a large, thriving unit of Wellesley scouts ever since. The boys have gone on fall biking trips on Nantucket, canoeing in Maine, and numerous camping trips. "The biggest advantage of these kinds of trips is that you can safely engage in these activities that are a bit harder to duplicate on your own," Hornung says. "Our troop has hiked the Presidential mountain range in New Hampshire in January, which, if you tried do on your own, is incredibly dangerous. But we are with experienced people who are well prepared." The older scouts get, the more experience they gain, and the better prepared they are to face challenges. "We empower our girls to run every activity," says Harter. "They run their meetings and plan projects. While the adults gather their ideas and certainly help implement them, the older girls get, the more they realize that the choices are theirs to make. It gives girls a strong sense of confidence and life skills, from money management to learning the value of volunteering." Indeed, community service is a strong value across Boy and Girl Scouting. "It's very important to teach boys and girls at an early age that they can have an impact on the world, even though they're young and can barely hold up a full bag of food," says Tilford, referring to the annual town-wide Scouting for Food drives that both Boy and Girl Scouts engage in. "Scouting certainly teaches kids to explore the world, be self-reliant, and set goals and achieve them. But it's also about con- sidering other people in the process." In fact, Wellesley's Scouting for Food just completed its 24th annual drive, which benefits the Wellesley Food Pantry. The food pantry 126 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: Weston Cub Scouts Pack 157 raise the flag outside of the Weston Scout House on School Street; top right: Members of Wellesley Boy Scouts Troop 185 teach first aid skills to students at Wellesley High School's annual Seminar Day; bottom right: Girl Scouts from Wellesley's Troop 73200 hiking in the White Mountains A Scouting Tale "IT IS A FABULOUS RESOURCE BECAUSE WE AUTOMATICALLY HAVE A PLACE TO CONDUCT OUR MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES." Tricia Tilford | Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F W E S T O N C U B S C O U T P A C K 1 5 7 ( L E F T ) ; 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 ( T O P R I G H T ) ; A N D B E L I N D A H A R T E R ( B O T T O M R I G H T )

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