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Cub Scouts raise funds for programs

The members of the Lakewood-based Cub Scout Pack 178 appreciated being able to use the Marysville American Legion Post 178 Hall for their pancake breakfast fundraiser on April 26. - Kirk Boxleitner
The members of the Lakewood-based Cub Scout Pack 178 appreciated being able to use the Marysville American Legion Post 178 Hall for their pancake breakfast fundraiser on April 26.
— image credit: Kirk Boxleitner

MARYSVILLE — Although Cub Scout Pack 178 is made up mostly of Arlington and Lakewood kids, they found themselves in new territory when they needed a venue for their pancake breakfast fundraiser on April 26.

“We’re actually based out of English Crossing Elementary, and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arlington,” Pack 178 Cubmaster Darren Thompson said. “But the Marysville American Legion Post 178 Hall was just the best location for this event, in no small part because we wouldn’t have been able to raise any money anywhere else, after we turned around and paid the rental fees.”

Thompson and his fellow adults managed to keep the 16 Cubs in attendance that morning mostly on task for duration of the three-hour breakfast, during which the Cubs served at least 100 hungry attendees meals that had been freshly cooked by the Cubs’ parents, yielding a total of $767 in donated funds. With a successful haul like this, Thompson is already considering when the Pack might be able to schedule a return to the Marysville Legion Hall.

“With 26 Cubs in our Pack, our finances have become a bit of an issue,” Thompson said. “We want to be able to do more, and provide more for them. We want to be able to pay for Pack membership, for those who might not be able to afford it, and also pay for things like awards and hiking trips for the Cubs.”

Thompson cited the annual Pinewood Derby at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club as a significant event, but in the meantime, the Pack’s next get-together activity will be a camping trip to Fire Mountain, in Mount Vernon, near the end of May.

If you’re interested in joining or learning more about Cub Scout Pack 178, email Thompson at cubscoutpack178@gmail.com.

The American Legion Post 178 Hall is located at 119 Cedar Ave. in Marysville. Those who are interested in renting the facility should call Sara LeSpade at 425-268-6658. It comes with tables and chairs for about 65 people, a kitchen with a sink, a refrigerator and freezer, a stove with an oven and microwave, a bar counter and a raised stage for entertainment. Sundays through Fridays, it runs $400 for a 12-hour rental, and Saturdays, it runs $450, with a $300 reservation fee and security deposit for each event.

For more information, log onto http://americanlegion178wa.cfsites.org.

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