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Lyndhurst Scouts Launch Lions Den For Little Ones

Lyndhurst Cub Scout Pack 86 Cubmaster Eric Makar
Lyndhurst Cub Scout Pack 86 Cubmaster Eric Makar Photo Credit: Contributed

LYNDHURST, N.J.– Cub Scout Pack 86 is opening its den to kindergarteners in Lyndhurst this fall.

The den will have six to eight members and their parents and be led by Dennis Hiel, a teacher and former scout leader.

There will be one group meeting, but members will attend any pack meetings.

"It is merely a lighter version of traditional Cub Scouting," said Cubmaster Eric Makar, 45.

"There are fewer meetings but it's a head start on the program. It introduces the youth to the outdoors, character development, basic citizenship, self confidence, personal health and personal management in simple but fun ways with games and activities."

Day trips to places like the Lyndhurst Police Department or a local business will be on the schedule, Makar said.

"We are introducing Cub Scouting in a fun, family environment," Makar said. "Parents are always included – even siblings – on all activities. This is a start on a long fun road through scouting."

Asked what he thinks the benefits of scouting are, Makar replied, "Teaching the boys respect for each other, the outdoors and their communities.

"Scouting provides enthusiasm, encouragement, and praise for the boys’ efforts and achievements," he added. "We try to develop a feeling of togetherness and team spirit that gives the boys security and pride and experience activities they wouldn't normally get to experience."

Makar became a den leader in 2009 and followed his son Joshua's ascent through the scouting ranks. The advertising agent takes the reigns as Cubmaster as his younger son, Matthew, joins the fold.

Makar was a scout from 1979-84. His uncle and his cousin became Eagle scouts.

Pack 86 is chartered by Sacred Heart Church.

Meetings will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the United Presbyterian Church (Page Avenue and Ridge Road).

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