First Cub Scout Pack in Parsippany to Accept Girls

PARSIPPANY — Cub Scout Pack 14 ran a Veggie Derby on Monday, May 7, as its first recruitment for boys and girls who will enter grades K-5 at Eastlake or Lake Parsippany schools next fall.

Cub Scout packs are now permitted to accept girls as members.  When they join, children are places in Cub Scout “dens” with other children who are in the same grade. The dens will be all-girl or all-boy so there is still time for “just us girls” or for guys to hang out together.

A Veggie Derby is a silly version of the famous Pinewood Derby races. Boys and girls were given carrots, celery or cucumber and told to be creative. The assortment of eyes, wings, fins and spikes that they added to their veggies was amazing.

Pack 14 is a new Cub Scout pack and will be chartered to the Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Company. The pack invites families with children at Eastlake or Lake Parsippany schools to join. Next events will be Stomp Rockets at the Eastlake school gym on Monday, May 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  and on Monday, May 21, boys and girls will learn Pickleball at the Lake Parsippany school gym, also from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Pickleball is game like indoor tennis that is perfect for young children).

Pack 14 will have fun events throughout the summer and begin den meetings in the fall.  Boys and girls can also attend Cub Scout day camp at Camp Wheeler in Stanhope or a STEM camp in Cedar Knolls.

For more information about Pack 14, or to learn about Cub Scouts at other Parsippany schools, contact Al Thomas,, (973) 765-9322 x229.