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Cub Scouts begin popcorn sale

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CITY SPECIALS: From left,Clinton County’s Director of Human Resources Jack Dodd buys popcorn from Cub Scout Chase Mooneyham. Chase and his brother Carson set up at Old Stoney to kick off their popcorn fundraiser Monday morning.
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POPCORN PALOOZA:Cub Scouts Chase Mooneyham and Carson Mooneyham recieve support from Clinton County Clerk Treaurer Judith Sheets during their popcorn sale.

By Katharine Calabro - kcalabro@ftimes.com

Cub Scouts Chase and Carson Mooneyham, from Pack 338, set up at the Mayor’s office for the fifth year in a row to raise money for the group.

Because Mayor Chris McBarnes was in Pack 338 himself, every year he has invited the Mooneyham boys to set up at the city administration building outside of his office.

This started in 2013 when the boys’ brother Christian Mooneyham had McBarnes participate in a popcorn selling commercial featuring a personalized rap song.

With Christian now 11 years old, he bridged over to Boy Scouts, meaning he no longer participates in popcorn selling. Instead, he tags along and helps both his brothers sell popcorn at the Mayor’s office.

Last year, the pack was able to raise around $3,000 and 73 percent of the funds helped cover camp, patches and other Cub Scout activities.

Cub Scout mom Charlene Mooneyham said the boys will sell popcorn until Oct. 6. She said this year the scouts are relying heavily on community involvement.

“This year a lot of places are not letting them set up,” she said. “This year they might struggle a bit.”

Charlene said some camps can range from anywhere between $60 to $200 per scout, and in order for the scout to participate, they must raise the money. She said the experience helps teach them lifelong lessons.

“It’s a very good experience,” Charlene Mooneyham said. “They learn team building skills, life skills and how to be committed to something even when it’s hard.”

Popcorn sales started in August, around the first week of school. Charlene said she takes both boys out to sell popcorn in the community at least two days a week. From there, the boys walk door-to-door and participate in as many show-n-sales as possible, weather permitting.

Because Cub Scouts just started this year, the boys have been working toward getting their BobCat Badge, which comes from learning the promise, handshake, scout motto, the salute and parenting safety.

For Chase, being a cub scout is about the experience. He said he is most excited about camp because he’s able to learn different skills like starting a fire without matches, shooting BB guns and hunting bows.

“When we go camping we learn a lot,” he said. “It’s a good experience to learn about life and nature.”

Cub Master Sandy Kelley said there are 44 scouts who are selling popcorn. She said every scout receives a patch for participating, but the scouts who sell on a high level obtain an award.

The scouts are divided into five dens depending on grade level: lions, bears, tigers, wolves and webelos. Kelley said although the program takes a lot of time and effort, it’s all volunteer-based and is an all around good family experience.

“Parents enjoy it because they get to experience what their children are involved in,” she said. “It teaches them how to do good for people in the community and in their own lives.”

So far, the program has seven volunteers, including Den leaders. Kelley said as an overseer to the leaders, it’s important to love the job they do.

“We do it for our children and they enjoy it,” she said. “We have some awesome leaders.”

Popcorn sales will be delivered to buyers right before Thanksgiving. Although scouts do not have an estimated goal amount, Kelley said she hopes the number will be more than last year. For more information on how to order and show-n-sale times, visit the Cub Scout Pack 338’s Facebook page.