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Scouting on the rise in Sisters

The pack is back in Sisters. Cub Scout Pack 139, that is.

Risa Monroe and Sharnell Toney know the positive impact scouting has on their young sons. When the future of scouting became uncertain last year, they stepped up to take a leadership role.

“We re-chartered last April,” Monroe told The Nugget.

Since then, the Cub Scouts have been very active, gathering food for the Sisters Kiwanis Food Bank, conducting a Christmas tree pickup program and a popcorn sale fundraiser. On January 31, they will participate in one of Scouting’s grandest traditions — the Pinewood Derby.

“It’s to help give the boys a positive thing to do, to learn and give themselves a sense of community,” Monroe said.

Pack 139 has grown swiftly, incorporating scouts from kindergarten age through the fifth grade. There are five Lions (kindergarten); three first-grade Tigers; five second-grade Wolves; two Bears in the third grade and one fourth-grade Webelo. Cub Scouts now includes girls and boys.

The pack meets regularly at the Sisters Community Church Fireside Room, where each group has an activity that is educational, creative and entertaining. Activities are designed to introduce the youngsters to concepts of character and leadership.

Scouts earn patches for completion of projects.

“Our goal is that each one of our scouts gets a patch and a (neckerchief) slide once every month,” Monroe said. “That way they’re stepping forward and succeeding and seeing their success.”

Last Wednesday, Pack 139 met for activities and an awards ceremony. Boy Scout Andrew Stevens led the pack in the Pledge of Allegiance and the reciting of the oath and law. Long-time Boy Scout leader Cory Stengel handed out awards to each Cub Scout, along with a handshake.

The leadership of Pack 139 is working hard to develop activities and experiences that will make scouting a meaningful experience for young people in Sisters. For more information on the pack, email Cub Scouts 139.

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Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

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Jim Cornelius is editor in chief of The Nugget and author of “Warriors of the Wildlands: True Tales of the Frontier Partisans.” A history buff, he explores frontier history across three centuries and several continents on his podcast, The Frontier Partisans. For more information visit


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