American Sikh Council (ASC) representative Kavneet Singh a merit badge counselor and a Scout leader held a ‘fishing event’ at the Acorn Hill Lake in Voorhees, NJ on May 6, 2021.
For Cub Scouts who form ‘Packs’ (boys and girls) from Kindergarten to 5th grade, there are various levels, starting with Lion, Tiger, Bear, Wolf, Webelo I and Webelo II. There are several planned activities within each level and they can earn ‘Pins’ and ‘Belt Loops’ for various activities and skills learnt.
For the next level namely the Scouts 6th – 12th grades who form ‘Troops’, currently there are 138 merit badges https://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_badges which can be done by Boy/Girl Scouts across the nation. Part of the learning process and acquiring new skills for youngsters in Scouting is to earn various merit badges, while they prove their mettle by learning the basics of each skill.
Kavneet Singh as a Scout leader teaches several merit badges and one of them is fishing. Over two dozen Cub Scouts along-with their parents participated in the nearly two-hour fishing event. Many did catch fish and some for the very first time. Scouts learnt how to setup and use the fishing gear safely; how to tie various fishing knots; how to cast properly; how to fix a problem reel and more. There was so much enthusiasm and excitement from the Cubs while catching sun fish, crappies and a rare bass.
Scouting teaches an amazing selection of skills while Scouts have fun in the great outdoors and make friends with others. Sikh American parents are encouraged to enroll their children in any Scout Pack and/or Scout Troop and make full use of this fantastic program which has and continues to benefit millions of young across our nation. Scouting is one of the best programs available to teach leadership skills while enjoying the great outdoors.
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