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Fort Hood soldier mentors youth

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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 4:30 am

Bryan Radliff has a very full plate.

He is a full-time Army soldier at Fort Hood, a member of the Harker Heights Rotary Club, is a happily married father of three sons and Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 221 on Fort Hood.

He put aside his experience in the military for a few minutes at the March 6 Rotary Club meeting to talk with his fellow Rotarians about his work with Cub Scouts.

“I became involved in Scouting after my return from deployment in 2011 and thought it was a good way to make up for that lost time away from my boys,” he said adding that 30 to 40 scouts attend weekly Pack 221 meetings on a regular basis.

The Cub Scouts program is for first- through fifth-graders and hosts pinewood car derby competitions, sailboat building, rain-gutter racing, rocket derby and utilizing two camps on Fort Hood and one near Salado,

The group goes on two camping experiences in the fall and two in the spring. The first springtime camp in April follows a dinosaur theme and scouts study reptiles and participate in a dig. A bridging camp is held in May where the Cub Scouts move to the next step of becoming Boy Scouts.

“Scouting was based on “The Jungle Book” series,” Radliff said, adding that many of the characters and themes used in the Disney movie came from the original series of books.

Radliff said another reason he chose scouting was because of its international foundation.

“We have a home in Cape Town, South Africa, where we’ll move in the future,” he said. “We can live there and my boys can continue to be involved in the Scouts due to the ties with the world.”

The Scout program is based on Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and one available for adults called the mentoring level. “If a student wants to get into Scouting, they don’t have to start as a Tiger Cub,” Radliff said adding that they can get started by earning their bobcat badge, which has 10 requirements.

The purposes of Scouting include spiritual growth, good citizenship, fitness, good sportsmanship, personal achievement, respect, fun and adventure.

For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/forthoodcubscoutspack221 or www.scouting.org.

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