Keeping true to the Scout promise, local Webelos are continuing to meet during the pandemic to honor their oaths and further their commitment to keep physically strong, help others and be the best that they can be in the outdoors.

“Our pack is very much alive and continuing to meet in-person, following strict COVID safety guidelines,” said Andrew Brewer, committee chairman/Webelos den leader for local Pack 370.

“I wanted to share this with the community so our local citizens know that despite the unpredictable events we’ve been facing, our Scouts have continued to persevere and conduct weekly meetings, hold popcorn fundraisers, perform community service and explore the outdoors,” said Brewer, who originally came to the Scouts program four years ago as an interested parent.

Today, Brewer has two sons, A.J., a soon-to-be fifth-grader and a Webelos, and Michael, who is in kindergarten and just starting out as a Lion.

“My oldest son A.J. is just eating it up,” said Brewer. “He gets to do a lot of outdoor things and gain practical knowledge. He is learning the importance of making our country better and how to be an overall good citizen. He and the other Webelos are also learning how important it is to clean up after themselves in the outdoors and how not to go off the path and wander into an animal’s home.”

Brewer, who served nine years in the Marine Corps, said he enjoys motivating the kids and teaching them important values based on respect of country, self and others.

While the programs are aimed at heightening each Scouts’ experience, Brewer is quick to give kudos to the volunteers who offer creative programs.

“It’s all about a quality program. You have to offer the kids something they’ll want to learn in an interesting and different way,” he said.

A few upcoming events Brewer said his Webelos are looking forward to include the Lake Junaluska Clean-up set for Feb. 26-27, preparations for the Pinewood Derby in March, and beginning setup for the camp card sales event.

“I’m very proud of what our Scouts have accomplished this past year, and I hope this (offers) a light in what may seem as dark times for some people,” Brewer said.

For more information on Pack 370 Webelos, Brewer said his Scouts meet every Monday at 6:45 p.m. at Long’s Chapel at Lake Junaluska.

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