Apr. 17—Spring is here and scouting is back.
The Blue Grass Council of Boy Scouts of America are hosting a free Spring into Scouting event today for kids who may be interested in joining Cub Scouts.
The event will be held outside at Battlefield Park in Richmond from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include various activities designed for Cub Scout-aged kids (kindergarten through 5th grade.)
Certified instructors will be teaching attendees skills such as bird house building, shooting sports, fishing, fire building and there will also be an obstacle course.
Social distancing will be implemented and masks are required.
Each child taking part in the Spring into Scouting event must have an adult present.
Kona Ice and food trucks will also be at the event today.
A registration table will also be available for families who wish to enroll their children into Cub Scouts.
Blue Grass Council Development Director Jessica Moses said the event is a "soft opening" for the Cub Scout program.
"We had to put a hold on our programs just like everyone else did, so we are very excited to be able to do the Spring into Scouting event," Moses said. "The event is designed to show some of the stuff scouts do and we will have our scouting volunteers and current scouts there as well if anyone has any questions about scouting."
Moses said she has received a lot of messages from families interested in joining scouting this year.
"I have had a lot more phone calls from calls from parents than I ever have. I think a lot of families are eager to get outside and get their kids back in a regular routine with others. With all the remote learning, I think parents are looking for things for kids to do that are active and outside, like scouting," Moses said.
The development coordinator added that all the Cub Scout packs are active and there are plenty of options for parents who wish to sign their child up for scouting.
"We have a pack in Berea and three in Richmond, so parents have plenty of choices of which group they want their child in," Moses explained.
The event is free for non-scouts and everyone is welcome to attend.