Scouts take on Turkey Target

Peter and George Vomvolakis, Pack 23 Cub Scouts practice their slingshot skills at the Turkey Target Event. —Jessica Reid

Peter and George Vomvolakis, Pack 23 Cub Scouts practice their slingshot skills at the Turkey Target Event. —Jessica Reid

One hundred and fifty local Cub Scouts got some turkey time late last year during the Greenwich Scouting Annual Turkey Target event at Seton Scout Reservation.

After hearing a safety talk and lesson, participating boys enjoyed time at both the archery and BB ranges at Camp Seton during the event. An Ultimate Frisbee course was a highlight this year, especially as each Cub Scout took home a custom mini Frisbee. In addition to target stations, the Heritages Belt Loop was offered for boys, with the help of their adult companions, to create family trees and document their family’s history, traditions and culture.

The Turkey Target event combines fun activities that teach Cub Scouts about shooting sports in a safe environment. It’s a chance for first through fifth grade boys to try something new, do their best, and earn recognition all at the same time. While no turkeys are harmed or even present at the event, the fall weather and timing before Thanksgiving are where the event receives its name. All of the stations are run by trained volunteers and Cub Scouts have the opportunity to earn specific belt loops for most of the activities.

There are more than 50 different belt loops that Cub Scouts can earn, which ultimately helps fulfill the aims of Scouting — building character, developing citizenship and encouraging mental and physical fitness.

For more information about local Scouting visit GreenwichScouting.org.

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