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Cub Scout Pack 35 Celebrates Star Wars

Jedi came out in force to navigate the obstacle course at Cub Scout Pack 35's Mother/Son Jedi Training on May 21. Credits: Dawn Miller
Kids were able to participate in a lightsaber fighting class at the free event. Credits: Dawn Miller
Jedi and their moms lined up to try and free Han Solo using nerf guns. Credits: Dawn Miller
Darth Vader stopped by to engage the newly trained jedi in battle. Credits: Dawn Miller
The light (moms) and dark (jedi) sides lined up to battle in a balloon pop off. The moms won. Credits: Dawn Miller
Kids wait patiently to answer "Star Wars" trivia questions. Credits: Dawn Miller

SPOTSWOOD, NJ -  Storm troopers, jedi knights and even Darth Vader came out to experience the ways of the force courtesy of Cub Scout Pack 35 at the Immaculate Conception School on Saturday, May 21. The free event was well-attended by moms and their young jedi as they teamed up to complete the Jedi Training Course.

The course included Lightsaber Training, a Jedi Obstacle Course, Arming Yoda, Freeing Han Solo, Storm Trooper Bowling and a Storm Trooper Carry. Young jedi yielded lightsabers as they took on Darth Vader, fired nerf darts to free Han Solo from the clutches of the Star Wars franchise most famous villians and attempted to pin a lightsaber in Yoda's hand. After all of that hardwork and the occasional lightsaber tustle with a fellow jedi, everyone enjoyed a pizza break provided by Papa Joe's of Spotswood before dividing into teams for a mom versus son balloon pop off.

A scavenger hunt capped off the evening of Star Wars-inspired fun. Everyone set out to find 20 pictures of R2D2, Darth Vadar, crossed lightsabers, Yoda and droid spaceships that were hidden in and around the area of the Immaculate Conception gym.

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Mark Lesniak, the Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 35, served as emcee for the evening. Lesniak also taught the lightsaber training class. Den leaders as well as Boy Scouts from Troop 35 helped run the other activities. Erika Levy, Karalyn Herban and Jennifer Alexander organized the free Mother/Son Jedi Training that was open to the community.

Jedi and their moms were only asked to bring two non-perishable food donations. The donations will be given to the Alice's Cup Food Pantry on Main Street in Spotswood. The pantry assists any Middlesex County resident in need of assistance.

All the jedi and their enthusiastic moms were treated to some ice cream sundaes before facing off again at "Star Wars" trivia. It turned out that the jedi were better at answering questions about the seven blockbuster movies than their moms.

Cub Scout Pack 35 holds similar events throughout the year including a Pinewood Derby. They welcome members from Spotswood, Helmetta, East Brunswick and Monroe Township. For more information on upcoming Cub Scout Pack 35 events or membership, visit their website.

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