FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington’s oldest Cub Scout pack -  Pack 61 -  is making history once again.

It’s beginning a new era  by welcoming girls into the organization.

When Boy Scouts of America first rolled out membership opportunities for girls in grades K-5 last year, several girls enthusiastically joined the Pack and began working on the rank requirements.

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They participated in the Pack activities throughout the year and went hiking, camping , fishing, contributed to community service projects such as the Raritan Headwaters Stream Clean up, and went on fun outings such as sleeping overnight at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.  

In spring of this year, the Pack celebrated the Bridging Ceremony where fifth-graders who completed the Arrow of Light requirements graduate from the Cub Scout program and are invited to move up and join BSA Scout Troops for grades 6-12.

Pack 61 made history and graduated its first female Arrow of Light scout, Zoe Wong.

Zoe has been a role model for younger scouts and an active participant in all aspects of scouting. She has since gone on to be a founding member of a new BSA Scout Troop for girls chartered with Troop 186 in Three Bridges. 

This isn’t the first time the Pack has made history. It previously gained renown with the longes- running Cubmaster in the history of Cub Scouts, with the Cubmaster Doug Niece serving for 60 years.

The BSA scouting program is a valuable experience for young people. Its mission is to build character, citizenship, leadership, and fitness as described in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. It is a chance to expose youth to valuable opportunities to build life skills, and friendships, and become upstanding members in their communities.

Registration is open to join the new scouting year for both girls and boys. For more information on historic Pack 61 for grades K-5, send e-mail to cubpack61flemington@gmail.com. For more information on Troop 186G for grades 6-12, send e-mail to Troop186girls@gmail.com.