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May 30, 2022 - 12:26am
posted by Press Release in Memorial Day, veterans, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, pack 6069, troop 6069, news.


Press release:

Cub Scouts from Pack 6069 and Boy Scout Troop 6069 placed flags in front of the headstones of veterans at the Batavia Historical Cemetery on Thursday, May 26th.   The Troop has been working with the cemetery's historical society several years on this project.  It is a pleasure for the Scouts to provide this service to their community.  Pack 6069 Committee Chairman Brown made sure to take the Cub Scouts to the grave site of Samuel Wood who is buried there.   Sam Wood is the name sake of Iroquois Trail Council's Cub Scout Resident Camp located in Pike, NY.  Sam Wood was the first Eagle Scout recorded in Genesee County.  Boy Scout Troop 6069 is chartered through the 1st Presbyterian Church in Batavia, and Cub Scout Pack 6069 meets at Jackson Primary School.






December 14, 2018 - 11:53am
posted by James Burns in news, food drive, Cub Scouts, batavia, charity.


Cub Scout Pack 112 is looking for donations of nonperishable food items for a holiday food drive. The items will be donated to the Jackson School Elementary Backpack Program for children in need. 

If you received a hanger on your door you can leave the food outside for pick up this Saturday, Dec. 15th. If you did not receive a door hanger and would like to donate, please send an email to [email protected] an address for pick up this Saturday. 


June 6, 2018 - 8:16am


Last week on Memorial Day when she marched in her first parade with a boy lead troop, little did Emma McJury know she would get noticed and that the attention would have an impact on her new cub pack.

The 8-year-old (pictured above) is the first girl to register and join Cub Pack 6069 of Jackson School in Batavia. 

Emma was motivated by her sibling to come to meetings and learn more about Cub Scouts. She saw her brother participated in a meeting learning about police safety, building a pine wood derby car, overnight camping trips and will be attending summer resident camp in a couple months.

She’s really excited to do day camp and resident camp and being able to officially participate in activities, said her mom Justine McJury.

Her favorite activity is camping and outdoor-related activities such as hiking, fishing and nature observation.

Her goals are to introduce more girls to the program so they can enjoy scouts and all the great activities that are offered as much as she does. Since she found out that girls could join scouts, she has been asking her friends if they want to join with her and has been encouraging them to do so.

The pack meets on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., meetings run from September through May at Jackson School.

The pack is having a meet-and-greet activity, putt putt / ice cream social on Saturday June 16th at noon at Terry Hills Golf Course, located at 5122 Clinton Street Road, Batavia.

Costs are minimal to attend. If interested in coming to the activity or to join the pack contact, Anthony Merica, cubmaster, at 813-7485.

March 17, 2018 - 12:19pm
posted by James Burns in batavia, news, Cub Scouts.


On Friday night at John Kennedy School Pack 6112 ran its pinewood derby on the city’s longest and fastest track. With nearly 50 feet of racetrack the Lions, Tigers, Bobcats and Wolfs ran the cars they made themselves in a night of racing.

The scouts were more than a little excited about the event. After the official round of racing, the scouts had fun races even running the cars backwards. 





March 3, 2018 - 7:58pm


Twenty racers from Cub Scout pack 6069 of Batavia were registered with their cars to do their best in the annual Pinewood Derby held at the First United Methodist Church this morning.

Pack den leader Lisa Brown said she has been with the pack for 13 years of its 48 years of existence. Boys competed in their age-appropriate den. Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Weblos I and II. A lot of parents, grandparents look forward to watching the race and it’s a lot of fun for boys to participate.

Track official Paul Crowley said there are four heats and boys get a chance to race in different lanes. Den Leader heather Crowley said all the kids get a trophy in addition to the first-, second-, third-place finishers.

Sixteen extra trophys were also given out to the boys for best color, most Cub Scout pride, super racer and aerodynamic to name a few.

This fall there will be a new "Lion's" den added for kindergarteners.  

Anyone interested to join contact Cub Master Tony Merica at [email protected]  

Pack 6069 meets at Jackson School when in session September through June at 6:39 p.m. on Mondays.




November 12, 2016 - 1:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Pavilion, Cub Scouts, news.


The Pavilion Cub Scouts collected more than 250 food items this morning for the Pavilion food pantry. The pantry helps more than 30 families in the area and this is its busiest time of year.

Info and photo submitted by Tom Stringham.

February 9, 2015 - 6:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Cub Scouts, Pack 112.

Photos and information submitted by Marsha Geiger.

Noah Burke, Luke Geiger, and Nicholas Grover were honored by Pack 112 of Batavia on Sunday for receiving both the Arrow of Light Award and the Super Achiever Award. The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouting. To earn the Super Achiever Award, the boys had to complete all 20 Webelos achievements.

April 24, 2013 - 10:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts.

Photo and information submitted by John Petry.

A group of Cub Scouts from Pack 69 were recently promoted to Boy Scouts and all received the Arrow of Light Award, the highest award a Cub Scout can earn.

Pictured, from left, Webelos Assistant Leader Mike Pehrson, Aaron Whiteford, LJ Petry, Dylan Pehrson, Jack DeMarzo, Cubmaster Bruce Bartz, and Webelos Leader John Petry. Front row: Shayne Moak.

February 17, 2013 - 8:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alexander, Cub Scouts, soapbox derby.

Alexander Cub Scout Pack 650 has been holding pinewood derbies for who knows how many years, but this year was a little different.

The scouts collected more than 20,000 bottles and cans and raised $1,000 toward a new $1,500 three-lane racetrack with all the bells and whistles, and the track was dedicated to the memory of Burton Bigsby.

Bigsby is the late husband of Melinda Bigsby. The former den leader died following a long battle with cancer. His son, Jonathan, is now a Boy Scout in Troop 650 and was the official starter for today's races.

Pack 650 had 28 scouts and Cub Master Jason Davis said all of the scouts and families are very active in the pack.

Participants in the race are given a block of pinewood and instructions on how to cut it into a proper racer. There is a five-ounce weight limit, except in the unlimited division, in which cars can weigh up to a pound.

The event teaches the scouts about sportsmanship along with the craftsmanship of making something, Davis said.

"The race teaches them a little of the skills they'll use later in life," Davis said.

And the secret to winning? Davis said, graphite our axles, hit the weight limit and build a well-balanced car.

Donations that helped pay for the track came from Batavia Police Benevolent Association, Crystal Clear Pools, Select Collision, Harrington's Produce and Alexander Troop 650.

Here are the winners and awards:

Tiger Scouts
1st Place -- Bradley Begiers
2nd Place -- Matthew Wirth
3rd Place -- Paul Schmitt Jr.

Wolf Scouts
1st Place -- Jay Cogdill
2nd Place -- Zachary Salemi
3rd Place -- Caleb Nichols
Bear Scouts
1st Place -- Matthew Jasen
2nd Place -- Vincent Prebeck
3rd Place -- Shawn Calmes

Webelos 1
1st Place -- Jackson Staba
2nd Place -- MacNeil Ruston
3rd Place -- Colton Judd

Webelos 2
1st Place -- Johnathan Worthington
2nd Place -- JT McCarthy

Unlimited 1 pound cars
1st Place -- Cooper Davis
2nd Place -- Jett Davis
3rd Place -- Noah Bruggman
4th Place -- Jay Cogdill

Special Awards
Best Paint Job -- Matthew Jasen
Unusual Design -- Noah Bruggman
Judges Favorite -- Austin Ruston
Fastest Looking -- Carter Edmonds
Scouts Favorite -- Cooper Davis
Most Kid Involved -- James Strang

Participation Super Racers
Carter Edmonds, Jaden Snyder, Oscar Staba, Lukas Ladd, Matthew Cecere, Austin Ruston, James Strang, Regan McPhee, Justin Bennett, Dominic Lamitina, Noah Bruggman.

To purchase print copies of the photos, click here.

May 21, 2012 - 9:09am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alexander, Cub Scouts.

Cubscouts from the area gathered in Alexander on Saturday for their annual Cubmobile Race.

Twenty-six racers participated, ages 7 to 11, representing Alexander, Batavia, Elba, Holley and Kendall.

Winners were:

Tigers: 1st place- Garrett Heale, 2nd place- Max Schlaggel, 3rd place- Jacob Weaver
Wolf: 1st place- Frankie Warriner, 2nd place- Cody Windslow, 3rd place- Colby Kerry- Rhone
Bear: 1st place- KJ Biedlingmaier, 2nd place- David Peet
Webelo 1: 1st place- Grey Huntinton, 2nd place- Jayden Pieniaszek, 3rd place- Holden Brinkman
Webelo 2: 1st place- Mathew Grover, 2nd place- Evan Bartz, 3rd place- Zach Lovell

Information and photos submitted by Steve Ognibene

"Best Decorated Car" Jayden Pieniaszek

November 16, 2011 - 1:25pm
posted by Leela Chadbourne in Announcements, elba, Cub Scouts, Care- A- Van Ministries.
Event Date and Time: 
November 16, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

February 14, 2011 - 9:27pm
posted by Leela Chadbourne in Announcements, spaghetti dinner, elba, Cub Scouts.
Event Date and Time: 
February 19, 2011 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Please come out and help support our Pack and help send our scouts to camp. Last year was a huge success and everyone raved about our dinner. Our scouts will be serving up Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with meatballs, bread, salad, cake and refreshments and take out dinners will be available. 

June 15, 2010 - 4:00pm
posted by joseph bradt in Announcements, fundraiser, Oakfield, fishing, Cub Scouts.
Event Date and Time: 
July 17, 2010 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Please join Oakfield Cub Scouts Pack 19 on Saturday, July 17th for our FIRST Cub Scout FISHING DERBY to be held at the Oakfield Rod and Gun Club (@ Maltby Rd. and North Pearl St. Oakfield) from 10AM - 1PM. Boys and their siblings ages 6-17 welcome. $6.00 entry fee includes Hot dog, Chips and Drink. There will be food and snacks available for those not participating in the derby. Boys should bring their own bait. NO LURES! Prizes will be awarded!! Questions? Contact Committee Chair Patty Fitch (585)297-9538 Cubmaster Steve Kruppenbacher (585)356-0784 or Asst.

May 13, 2010 - 12:20pm
posted by Leela Chadbourne in Announcements, elba, Cub Scouts, chicken BBQ.
Event Date and Time: 
May 15, 2010 - 11:30am to 3:00pm

Elba Cub Scout Pack 2017 is hosting a Chicken BBQ on May 15th in the Elba Town Park in the back pavillion by the baseball fields.  We will be selling Chicken Dinners of a half chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans and a roll for $8.00 a dinner.  Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase courtesy of Elba Youth Baseball.  Seating is available for those who wish to "dine in" and enjoy an afternoon at the park. 

Please come out to the park and enjoy a delicious lunch and help support our 2010 program. 

A $0.50 discount will be given to all police and fire persons.

February 24, 2010 - 1:03pm
posted by Leela Chadbourne in Announcements, elba, Cub Scouts.

Our first annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser was a huge sucess!  We exceeded our goal and helped a lot of anxious and excited boys earn money to go to Camp Sam Wood this summer.  The boys all had a lot of fun serving dinners and also helping make cakes for our cake raffle!

We would like to express a HUGE thank you to the families in our community and to the wonderful local businesses and individuals who helped by donating time, money and goods to make this fundraiser sucessful.

Thank you to Norton Farms, Inc, Phat Katz, Penna's Catering, Stans Harley Davidson, Bezon Farms, Lee Shuknecht & Sons, Inc, Walmart, Tops, Matty's Pizzeria, Sallome's Italian Deli, The Batavia Muckdogs, Batavia Downs, Genesee Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, LLP, Bohn's, D&R Depot, Post Dairy Farms, G Mortellaro and Sons, Scooters Family Restaurant, Uncle Sal's Pizzeria (who generously made the delicious meatballs!), Raymond Smith Sr, J.D Buckley & Sons, Inc, The Ganson House and Barilla.  Please support these wonderful local businesses who were kind enough to support us!

February 18, 2010 - 9:52pm
posted by Leela Chadbourne in Announcements, spaghetti dinner, elba, Fundraiser Dinner, Cub Scouts.

Please join us on February 20th and help us reach our goal of sending all of our scouts to summer camp! 

Our scouts will be serving delicious homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs, Salad, Bread, dessert and drinks starting at 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm or until sold out.  Dinner will be held at the Elba Fireman's Rec Hall on 262 in Elba (just before the M&T Bank) and tickets are $8.00 per adult and $5.50 per child 12 to 3, children under 3 eat free.  Dine in or take out is available.  Come and enjoy that wonderful fuzzy feeling of helping others while enjoying GREAT food and laughs!

We will also be doing a 50/50 cake raffle with cakes decorated by the scouts in celebration of the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Birthday. 

February 18, 2010 - 9:43pm
posted by Leela Chadbourne in spaghetti dinner, elba, fundraiser, Cub Scouts.
Event Date and Time: 
February 20, 2010 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Please join us on February 20th and help us reach our goal of sending all of our scouts to summer camp! 

November 16, 2009 - 10:36am
posted by Leela Chadbourne in Announcements, elba, fundraiser, Cub Scouts, Care-A-Van Ministries.


Who: Elba Cub Scout Pack 17
What: Nickel City Reptile and Exotic Show
Where: Elba Fireman’s Rec Hall on Rte 98 in Elba
When: November 18th, 7 pm sharp
Please join Elba’s Cub Scout Pack 17 for an evening of family “fun”draising and laughs.  Come, bring a donation of a non-perishable food item and sit back, laugh and enjoy the entertainment of Jeff Musial and Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics. The show will be held at Elba Fireman’s Recreation Hall on Rte 98 in Elba on Wednesday November 18th at 7pm sharp. Doors will open to the public for seating at 6:45 and refreshments will be served following the show.  All food donations will be combined with our local Scouting For Food collection and will help provide assistance to local families this holiday season through the help of Car-A-Van Ministries. We will also be selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to Car-A-Van Ministries.
November 16, 2009 - 10:27am
posted by Leela Chadbourne in elba, fundraiser, Cub Scouts, Care-A-Van Ministries.
Event Date and Time: 
November 18, 2009 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm


January 19, 2009 - 6:00am
posted by Kelly Hansen in Le Roy, Cub Scouts.

On January 17, Cub Scouts from Pack 6023 in LeRoy gathered for their annual Pinewood derby.  Always a highlight of the scouting year, this event proved to be no exception.  Nineteen cars were entered into the competition and the  final run-off was a close one!  The fastest entries from left to right: 1st place - Alex Hansen, 2nd place - Jacob Coniber and 3rd place - Kyle Glosky.  Pack 6023 is chartered by Our Lady of Mercy Parish.  For information on joining Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts, contact the Iroquois Trail Council in Batavia at 343-0307.


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