By Staff Sgt. David BeckstromDecember 31, 2017
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Cub Scouts from across Oahu participated in Schofield Days on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Dec. 27 and 28. During this event Soldiers, from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division helped the kids experience what its like to be a Cavalry Scout.
"We showed them what it takes to be a Cavalry Scout and taught them how we protect our nation, said 1st Lt. Adam Irons, the officer-in-charge of the event and a Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-14 CAV. "We also showed them the ways we are different and the same as them. I hope the kids learned something new and had a good time."
During the event, the Cub Scouts used military movement techniques such as the high and low crawl, learned about Humvees, weapons and wilderness survival, as well as crossed a ditch by rope line, set up radios, and were decked out in body armor and face paint camouflage.
"My favorite part about the day was when we set up the radios and pretended to be restaurant workers talking to people taking orders," said Dante Dunkleberger, a Bear Scout from Pack 166 on Schofield Barracks. "Being able to play Army with my friends and dad was really cool."
This event was even more special for service members who had Cub Scouts participating in the event.
"The lessons taught during this event are things that I do on a daily basis, being able to share them with my son helped strengthen the bond we have," said Staff Sgt. Steven Dunkleberger, a squad leader with 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2IBCT, 25ID. "Being in the military I have had to be away from my family for training and deployments, so events like these where we can get that father/son bonding time is a cherished time for us."
The military has several community relations and outreach programs such as this to build a sense of community and to build a better future, said Irons. 2-14 CAV wants to continue to inspire kids to be even greater than they already are.
"The Aloha Council has been working with the military in Hawaii form several decades and are honored to be partnered with them for events like this," said Christi Wetzel, an area leadership executive with the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America. "We look forward to many more years of partnership and mentoring the leaders of tomorrow."
For more information on Boy Scouts of America in Hawaii go to www.ScoutingHawaii.org or call the local office at (808) 595-6366.