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My Visit with Cub Scout Pack 162

Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos learned about journalism and earned belt loops, arrow points and rank badges.

I shared journalistic lingo, using words like byline and columns, and went over a variety of past articles from Monroe's budget and the Rail Trail to the White Lady Ghost during a visit with Cub Scout Pack 162 on Friday night.

I had been invited as the guest speaker at the monthly meeting held at Stepney Elementary School and the topic was what it's like to be a reporter.

The boys' knowledge of the subject was impressive. They knew things like what a reporter does and what a headline is. It was even more impressive when considering how much the industry has changed over the past two decades.

Paul Lesiw, an assistant Cub Master, told the children how he used to load stacks of newspapers on his bicycle as a boy and deliver them on his paper route.

Now everything seems to be online as readership of websites grows and newspaper subscriptions shrink. When I broke into the business in the mid-90's I pasted up ads on large "dummy sheets" for newspapers, then drove all of the pages to Trumbull Printing on Spring Hill Road. Now everything is sent with a click of the mouse.

After my short presentation Friday, I watched members of the Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos receive belt loops, arrow points and rank badges they earned for performing various tasks.

Tasks include things such as learning proper flag etiquette, having a fire safety plan at home, and visiting places like the a firehouse and the police station, according to Assistant Cub Master Ken Clark.

I shot video of the awards ceremony and hope it comes out well for this column.

Other Cub Scout officials include Assistant Cub Master Lisa Dutkowsky and Cub Master Kathy Dilks.

I want to thank the Pack for inviting me to their meeting. I'm not comfortable with public speaking, but the parents and the boys were more than gracious and fun to be around.

Carolyn May 02, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Thanks for coming Bill! We enjoyed having you.
Greg Van Antwerp May 02, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Nice coverage Bill. Patch should offer a Patch to scouts for online/new media journalism. Just want to add that these scouts are welcome to schedule a tour of the CTV-21 studios in Newtown to learn about TV production. Just call (203) 304-4050
Bill Bittar May 02, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Thanks Carolyn, it was fun being there.
Paul Lesiw May 14, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Hello Bill, I want to say thank you for attending our pack meeting and making a great presentation on journalism. I enjoyed meeting and talking with you and I know the scouts had a great time as well. Sincerely Paul Lesiw

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