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Cub Scouts Help Build an Emergency Snow Shelter

Cubs and parents from our Pack 18 were invited to join the older Hoboken Boy Scouts for a "Klondike Derby" competition in emergency shelter building. Also invited were Cubs and parents from Hoboken Pack 146. The competition scenario was devised by Boy Scout Senior Patrol Leader Jason Davidoff, who said, "Your plane went down in the arctic with a storm coming in, and you have to build an emergency shelter in the snow using just available material. You also have to start a cooking fire and fry up a quesadilla."

Two Scout "patrols" competed, one led by Adam Gellman, and the other by Jacob Grossbard. Adam and Jacob chose up sides from among the other Scouts and Cubs.

In the photos, you may recognize Henry Plotka, Matthew Neissen, and Liam Richardson. Jacob won for the best-tasting quesadilla, but Adam won overall for the best shelter and best cooking fire, which he started with flint-and-steel instead of matches.

Adam starts a fire
Jake has a fire
In the Shelter

What is a Cub Pack? How can my son join?

Cub Pack 18 at the United Synagogue of Hoboken is open to any boy in grades 1 through 5. They meet almost every Sunday in the Social Hall of the Synagogue, from 5:00-6:00 PM. They go to Nature Centers and on day hikes. They also learn great skills, like cleaning their rooms and helping around the house... Mostly they have fun!

For more information, contact the Cubmaster at
or call 201-792-4055.

If your son is at least 11 years old, there's a great Boy Scout troop, too!

The United Synagogue of Hoboken, and the programs it sponsors,
do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

115 Park Avenue, Hoboken, NJ 07030