June Cub Scout Spotlight on brothers Liam and Rowan Miller from Pack 48.
Scouting Life has been an enlightening experience for two Cubscout Pack 48 brothers. Liam Miller, 10, is a Webelos Scout, and is ready to become an Arrow of Light Webelos. Younger brother, Rowan Miller, 8, is a Wolf Scout and finishing up his requirements to bridge over to Bear. They both have grown in Body, Mind, and Spirit with the guidance of their Pack and Den Leaders and both have become more “reverent” with their hard work toward earning their religious emblems. Both boys have been awarded the Light of Christ emblems during their Wolf Scout Years, their religious knots, and Liam recently earned his Parvuli Dei Emblem as a Webelos. Liam has also been taking piano lessons since he was 6 years old and has started learning to play the Electric Bass Guitar, as well as the Acoustic Guitar this past year. Rowan is learning to play the Violin. Liam’s Piano skills graced the Atria Senior Living Community this past December with several “Solo” performances during the CubScout Pack 48 Annual Holiday Sing-Along. Rowan held his own as part of the cubscout choir. They enjoyed speaking to and sharing experiences with the residents of the facility.
Character development has been a big part of Liam and Rowan’s growth within their scouting program. Rowan has always been the outgoing, friendly, and the fun and games type of boy. Further, scouting has taught him to be more responsible, caring, helpful with his fellow scouts, classmates, and community, and has taught him to see projects through. Liam, on the other hand, is quiet, shy, and always aiming to please. Yet, he is scholarly, and kind. Scouting has brought out more self-confidence, self-esteem, and has taught him communication skills needed to develop friendships. These Scout brothers are thriving well and are soaking in all their experiences. However, this year has proven itself to be quite a different experience as the world is going through distressing times with the battle against the CoVid-19 Pandemic. “Shelter in Place” and “Social/Physical Distancing” has affected all aspects of life as we know it, including school and scout life for the boys. The boys have amazing leaders that have kept scouting alive during these unprecedented times. They have participated with the BSA National Camp-In and also with the Western Los Angeles County Council ” Campout in Place” two different weekends in May. They had a blast setting up their tent indoors, cooking outside, creating projects, and making smores. They have also been participating every 2 weeks with “Saturday Scout Live” through WLACC and they have learned so much about STEM projects as well as making them. Mom and Dad have been guiding these Scouts with completing their last requirement for the year at home and they are eagerly working on completing their Nova and SuperNova award requirements. Although they are feeling down about not seeing their scout friends in person, they have both been very active with “Zoom” Live video meets during their den meetings where they get to see and speak to each other. This Pandemic, has yet, been another Scouting learning experience and has taught them all about germs, good hand washing, and most of all resilience.