Families enjoy Scouts’ ‘fun in the park

KIRKLAND – On Saturday, May 11, Kirkland Cub Scout Pack 82 hosted a Family Fun in the Park event geared toward the entire family, not just Cub Scouts. Kids could try a climbing wall, race cars down a Pinewood Derby track, launch water rockets and check out a fire truck. Other fun activities included a beanbag toss and face painting.

Adults could check out the vendor booths at the Kirkland Open Air Market. Hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches were also available for purchase.

“We are always looking for ways to recruit boys into Cub Scouts,” said Steve Sarver, Pack 82 Cubmaster. “Kids at this age do not just want to hear about something, they want to see it and experience it for themselves. With that in mind, we felt that having an event where kids can do fun things and get a taste of what Scouting is about would really be a lot of fun. To be able to have these activities available free of charge was an added bonus.”

“We had a little bit of everything. The face painting area, a last-minute addition, just took off beyond our wildest expectations. The ‘water rockets’ (2-liter bottles connected to a PVC launcher) were a huge hit. We had a 3-year-old boy make it about 8 feet up the climbing wall. A boy and his sister raced each other up the wall, laughing and giggling the entire way. Many of the parents tried out the activities as well. The kids loved watching their moms and dads climb the wall and in some cases challenging them to do it.”

Sarver reports that more than 150 people attended the event. “(Three Fires) council was extremely helpful in helping us put together the event. But beyond that, the whole town really came together to help make it a success. We had more than 30 volunteers including the Boy Scouts, church men’s group, fire department, Lions Club and even the mayor. Everybody had a great time.”

For more information about Scouting programs in DeKalb County, go to or contact Zach Knoch at 630-297-5948 or

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