Giving Back

The Pack Gives Back!

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Shane and Jeremy Gazick add some customized touches to the luminaries used at Relay for Life. Credits: Bob Dumas
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From left, Cooper Grimm, Nicholas Moose, Ryan Cleary and Chris Holihan work on their luminaries. Credits: Bob Dumas
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Volunteer mom Susie Stern with some of the craft kits that will be donated to Marie Fareri Children’s Hospital Credits: Bob Dumas
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Braden Stern, Victor Valentin and Rebecca Valentin helped assemble the craft kits for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Credits: Bob Dumas
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Veronika Lily Bachleda, Vittoria Sedita and Celeste Capellini work on the birdhouse project. Credits: Bob Dumas
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Sam Grimm and Dominic Olszewski with the homeless shelter “blessing bags.” Credits: Bob Dumas
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From left, Patrick Gagne, Kieran McCormack and Anthony Pratillo work on the heart grams for Putnam Hospital Center. Credits: Bob Dumas
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MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Scout law states a scout should be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent and kind.

Meaghan Capellini, cubmaster for Mahopac Cub Scout Pack 271 (grades K-5) wanted to find a project where her Scouts could show off their kindness.

“I thought that a great way to do it was to show as much charity and service we could do at one time,” she said.

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So Capellini came up with the idea for the “Pack Gives Back.” She and her staff identified six charities and outreach projects for the Scouts to help or participate in.

On Thursday night, Feb. 23, the Scouts and their families gathered at the Austin Road Elementary School cafeteria where six tables were set up around the room so the kids could rotate from project to project.

The projects included making luminaries (candle covers) for the Mahopac Relay for Life; assembling craft kits for kids at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital that the young patients can use to personalize their rooms; decorating bird houses for the gardens at Somers Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, as well as several other nursing homes; creating catnip treats for the feline population at the Putnam Humane Society in Carmel; making personalized “heart grams” for heart patients at Putnam Hospital Center; creating “blessing bags” that contain toiletries and other necessities to be donated to area homeless shelters.

“So, it’s not just for charities, it’s for outreach programs as well,” Capellini said.

The Scouts, sometimes aided by their siblings and/or their parents, bounced from table to table helping out with projects that ranged from painting birdhouses to decorating luminary bags to building the catnip toys.

“Everything we do is family-friendly,” Capellini said. “We have lots of little brothers and sisters joining in. We open it up to the whole family.”

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