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North Marion Cub Scout Pack 624 getting ready to crank up scouting anew following a long, pandemic-related hiatus.

After a pandemic-related hiatus that kicked in during the early months of 2020, North Marion Cub Scout Pack 624 is gearing up to return to in-person meetings.COURTESY PHOTO - James Audritsh serves as a liaison between Cascade Pacific Council and the Woodburn Kiwanis, who charter North Marion Cub Scout Pack 624. Pack organizers are revamping the group after  a pandemic-related curtailment of activities. New scouts are welcome.

Cascade Pacific Council, the local scouting district that serves the area, has approved plans to safely restore traditional meetings with the scouts. Pack 624, which serves boys and girls from the Hubbard, Aurora, Donald and Woodburn areas, has been chartered through the Woodburn Kiwanis in recent years, support that goes toward membership costs, activities, awards and various assistance programs.

James Audritsh, the liaison between Cascade Pacific Council and Woodburn Kiwanis, said Pack 624 is looking forward to resuming full activities. He noted that the pack groups youth into appropriate dens, which meet weekly. The entire pack meets once per month.

Audritsh added that scouting hones camping skills, group skills, life skills and engages in making pinewood derby cars. Pack 624 organizers are inviting all interested youth to sign up, hoping to take advantage of some summer activities geared around scouting before establishing new dens and a fresh start for the pack going into the school year.

"We are also looking for parent involvement in various capacities," Audritsh said, noting that everyone associated with scouting is given a background check and youth protection training. "Scouting is all about getting kids unplugged and outdoors with hands-on activities."

Those activities are open to all youth ages 5 and older. A free scouting sample kit is also available to potential scouts, and can be ordered at http://cpcbsa.org/grit.

For Pack 624 information, contact Francisco Ochoa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-939-4104.


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