Pack leader Brad Anderson said he started Lucky Pack 7, a name they came up with last spring when they first formed, in order to provide his son and the kids and parents of Greenpoint a truly family-inclusive outlet.
“I’m trying to build experiences, so they can say they did something with their dad or their mom and their friends,” Anderson said.
The pack, made up of 29 boys, meets at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 155 Milton St.
Anderson has taken the boys skiing and snowboarding at Mountain Creek in Vernon Township, New Jersey, and plans on taking them to West Point Scout Day on November 9. There they will also catch a college football game between the Army Black Knights and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
“I look at it as a vehicle for parents to spend time with their sons in a safe, supportive environment,” he said. “And it’s not just the son, but the brothers, sisters and parents are all encouraged to come too.”
In the community, the pack also takes part in a number of volunteer programs, such as the Pumpkin Day festival over the weekend in McCarren Park and is an official sponsor of the 26th Annual Greenpoint Halloween Party.
Michael Molina, district executive for Greater New York Councils of Boy Scouts of America, oversees roughly 2,100 kids in the Scout program in Brooklyn.
According to Molina, each neighborhood focuses on things that are important to their own part of the community.
“In an area like Greenpoint, which has such an influx of transient neighbors, the pack unites the people who are new to the community and those who have been there for a long time as well,” Molina said. “The local community provides a sense of identity and it uses the best possible voice, the children.”
For parents interested in getting their kids involved in the program, Molina said it is best to either contact his office directly, or visit their website (www.beascout.org) to find out what is offered in your own neighborhood.