Cub Scout Pack P-488 of Rapid River took home the Traveling Trophy for best attendance at the annual Cub-O-Ree held at the Rapid River Stock Yards in mid-January. Cubmaster Joe Wilson holds the trophy, which has been "traveling" since 1977. Cub Couts are: from left, David LaCosse, Ethan Wennesheimer, Evert Balenger, Myles Anderson, and Lucas Gendron.
About 130 individuals, including 84 Cub Scouts, leaders and parents, turned out for the Cub-O-Ree 2013. All of the Cub Scout packs in the Red Buck Sub-District area had boys participating in the event. Eleven Red Buck Boy Scouts from Escanaba, Gladstone and Flat Rock Scout Troops assisted the adult leaders and Cub Scouts. The adult leader in charge of the Cub-O-Ree was Jamie Siedlecki of Pack 471 of Gladstone.
A brand new event for the annual Cub-O-Ree was the White Out event. The entire Patrol (usually five to eight Cub Scouts) were blindfolded. One Cub Scout was chosen by his peers to ride in the sled which was pulled by the Cub Scout Patrol. The Scout riding in the sled was the only boy who could see, and he had to give the rest of the Cubs directions to follow to complete a course which took them into the trees. After a few turns in the trees the blindfolded Cub pack then emerged from the dense cover to the finish line.
Cub Scout Addison Dick of Troop 466 of Gladstone helped out with stirring of the “Big Pot.” Addison is the son of Andrea and Dave Dick of Gladstone. Each Cub Scout was asked to bring two cans of soup to the event, one of which was donated to area food pantries and the second added to a large soup pot to feed the participants. Almost 15 gallons of soup were served. In addition to the group soup, each Pack also had their own lunch area, so there was all kinds of things cooking for the Cubs in the cold.