There’s nothing like the Friday Night Lights of Texas, which is why the Scouts of Troop 251 and Pack 251 of Somerset teamed up and volunteered to do the opening flag ceremony for the Somerset Lil’ Bulldogs football program. The Lil’ Bulldogs, with athletes ages 3-11, expected a lot of action and spectator participation, was excited to partner with the Scouts this past season.
“We’re proud that Somerset did the National Anthem, and we are happy to bring it back to youth sports,” said John Bellfay, SLB President. When asked about his plans, he added, “We are definitely doing it again. Our goal is to be able to do each home game for all divisions in the future.”
Jessica Jones, Troop 251’s Cubmaster, and Troop Committee Chair reflected on the season. “One challenge we faced was being a smaller Pack and Troop. At the time of the commitment, we weren’t going to be able to do all the games for each division. We prepared each unit to make a commitment for the season. It was a great trial run for 2021, and we are looking forward to 2022.”
Mark and Lucero De Leon, unit leaders for Troop 251 described getting the kids ready for the event. “Our Scouts had to learn to perform in a professional manner. Some are so young we thought it would be overwhelming in a public setting, but we really wanted our Scouts to learn the correct way to represent our nation, state, organization, and the local community.” The couple quickly realized these Scouts were ready for the task ahead. “They learned about national pride on a personal level. They grew in patience and perseverance through adversity.”
The coaches and community loved the Scout’s involvement. The Scouts received positive feedback from veterans and even the visiting teams about their work, further proving the impact they had at each event, and value of the Scouting program in their town.
“I learned to hold the flag right, by holding it tight and in front of my face,” reported Joshua Terrazas, a 251 Wolf Scout.
Since their involvement with the Lil’ Bulldogs, the Scouts of 251 have seen an influx of new members to their units. “It’s neat to see so many young people wanting to be leaders in their corner of the world,” Jones added. “That’s what this program is all about.”
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