New Cub pack starting up in Sooke

Youth group expected to begin in September through sponsorship of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

A new Scouts Canada Cub pack is launching in Sooke as early as September, thanks to a sponsorship by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Spearheading the launch are Dan and Cheryl Sulzen, two longtime Sooke residents who wanted to create an opportunity for local children to join instead of having to travel into Victoria.

The new Cub pack will deliver a “Scouts Canada approved faith-based program” with three registered Scouters for boys aged 8 to 10. The pack will operate out of Camp Barnard, as well as the new Latter-day Saints church being built in Sooke.

“We’ve been wanting a church in Sooke for a long time, so once that group got started and the number of kids grew in the congregation, it got apparent that instead of us having to travel all the way into town for having those meetings, we’d start having them out here, and that will include a Cub pack,” Sulzen said.

He said the church is also looking to add a few leaders to its group, as long as they are willing to follow Scouts Canada and church standards and guidelines.

So far, five kids are registered, with another seven open positions. The church plans to have Cubs, Scouts and Venturers.

“We’re just really excited to have it get started and have a little congregation here.”

For more info, email Cheryl Sulzen at Idssookecubs@gmail.com, or visit Idssokecubs.wordpress.com.