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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and local Cub Scout Pack 304 invite families in the Homewood-Flossmoor area to register for Scouting from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. Registration sessions will be open at  Millennium, Churchill and Willow schools. 

Everyone who registers will receive a free model rocket they’ll get to launch at events throughout the region a few weeks later, according to a news release from BSA.

The total cost for registration is $60, which includes $32 to join the organization and $28 for Pack 304 fees. All boys can become Scouts regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

The “Blast into Scouting” campaign is aimed at introducing families to the BSA’s Cub Scout program, which is open to boys in first through fifth grades. In Cub Scouts, boys learn leadership and life skills while participating in adventures ranging from building pinewood derby cars and assembling robots to enjoying the great outdoors and helping others through its strong focus on community service.

“I encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity to join Scouting, as this program is an important asset in improving our communities,” said La Shawn K. Ford, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives and local vice president of membership for the BSA.

BSA is incorporating more science, engineering and technology-based programs to reach even more young people.

Regional Scouting Executive Fred Wallace said, “We are thrilled with the support we’ve received from so many schools and educators and are truly indebted to our campaign partners and sponsors, Trails-End Popcorn and the University of Illinois Chicago, which both recognize the importance of instilling fundamental principles in young people.” 

BSA volunteers will be available during registration to answer questions, register new members and hand out free model rockets and an invitation to launch them. 

For more information, visit BlastIntoScouting.org 

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

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