Boys and girls can sign up for Cub Scouts

For the first time, area Cub Scout packs are welcoming new families to join their ranks — including those with boys and girls. Sign-up night for families with children in kindergarten through fifth grade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the United Methodist Church, 1000 Engel Drive, Shawano.

Girls were first included in Cub Scouts in spring. “Our daughter joined the pack. She gets so excited about it,” said Mike VanHandel, Cub Scout dad and leader. “It’s fun to watch her doing the things that we haven’t been able to find the equivalent opportunity elsewhere.”

“My daughter joined Scouting this year,” added Ian Schiesl. “She’s been having a blast and learning all sorts of things that she’s never had the opportunity to do before — snowshoeing, (using) tools and just overall good character building.”

For information on Scouting, visit BeAScout.org.