Boy Scouts Awarded with CDRC’s Golden Broom

The Cub Scouts of Pack 132 were recognized for their efforts in cleaning up the downtown area and the Calais Waterfront by the presentation of the Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition’s Golden Broom award. (Submitted photo)

By Lura Jackson


Two groups of Cub Scouts from Pack 132 of the St. Croix Valley have been formally recognized for their efforts in cleaning up downtown Calais following the long winter. The Boy Scouts have been named as the recipients of the Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition’s Golden Broom award, presented annually to organizations, businesses, or individuals that have made a significant contribution to the betterment of the community.

“I am so excited that our scouts’ hard work cleaning up Main Street and the Calais Waterfront has been noticed and is being recognized,” shared Sonya DePriest, den leader for the Bear Scouts. The Bear den and the Webelos den, under the leadership of Jason Croman, were both presented with the award.

“Because of the dedicated leaders and volunteers I am blessed to work alongside, we have a thriving scouting program here in the Calais area,” DePriest said, adding that she encourages everyone to become involved in scouting. She has witnessed her own children benefitting from the program firsthand. “My sons have gained the wonderful friendship and camaraderie of other boys their age.”

There are many potential advantages for boys – and girls – that become involved with the Boy Scout program, as DePriest explains. “Scouting will help youth be more confident. They will gain skills they will carry throughout life such as first aid, cooking and survival skills.”

Part of being a Boy Scout in the St. Croix Valley is being able to share incredible experiences together. “We have gone on some amazing adventures, such an overnight St. Croix River canoe trip and winter camping in Acadia National Park.”

Last but far from least, the Boy Scout program teaches its participants to “take pride in their country, faith and community,” DePriest said. Every year, the local Boy Scouts participate in several service projects, including cleaning up areas of the community, holding food drives, and assisting with the American Legion’s Memorial flag project each May.

The next upcoming event for the Boy Scouts is their 13th annual Pancake Breakfast at the Calais Methodist Church from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. All are welcomed to attend with a ticket price of $6.

If you would like more information on the Cub Scouts program, which is for participants in the 5th grade and under, contact Sonya DePriest at 904-9769. For information on the Boy Scouts program for older youth, contact Ray Smale at 214-0944.