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Fall Fun day will showcase Boy Scout skills to encourage recruitment

Now and into the month of September is the time to sign up to become a Scout! (Iain Woessner / The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson-area Cub Scouts of America will be showing off their skills and teaching younger children the ins-and-outs of science, survival and a lot more at their Fall Fun Day, coming to Patterson Lake Sept. 8.

"It is open to the public for any kids who would have interest in what the Boy Scouts is all about," Beth Ann Pulley, district executive for the Roughrider District of the Boy Scouts of America, said in a phone interview. "The boy scouts will be there to teach the Cub Scouts."

Skills such as camping, fishing, archery and shooting BB rifles will be demonstrated and taught by area Scouts. But among the traditional merit badges Scouts are known to earn, other skills have joined the long-standing organization.

"It's bringing in what they learn in school, teaching, science, we bring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)," Pulley said. "(It is) a great family-oriented learning opportunity."

It's all a part of the Scouts' goal of providing lifelong skills to young people.

"(At) our day camp, we taught the kids about space. Just stuff about science and math," she said. "You're going to be using math your whole life. It's good to know the science, good to learn the facts."

There will be a Dickinson-wide sign-up on Aug. 30 at various elementary schools in and around Dickinson. The times and locations are as follows:

Lincoln Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary students are encouraged to sign up at Lincoln Elementary at 6 p.m. Also at 6 p.m., sign-ups for Jefferson Elementary and Berg Elementary students will be held at Jefferson Elementary. The Heart River Retreat Center will host sign-ups for Trinity East, Trinity West, South Heart and Belfield Elementary schools at that time, as well. Heart River and Prairie Rose Elementary have sign-ups at Prairie Rose Elementary at 6:30 p.m.

Outside of Dickinson, on various dates in the month of September, there will be sign-ups at public libraries and schools in Killdeer, Hettinger and Bowman; there will be sign-ups in Mott and New England, as well.

Interested parties can find more information and learn how to sign up via the official Boy Scouts website, www.beascout.org.

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