Shaun Cunningham-Pack 3025 proudly displays his 2nd place ribbon and Pinewood Derby car.
Shaun Cunningham-Pack 3025 proudly displays his 2nd place ribbon and Pinewood Derby car.

Jack Shepard, Scoutmaster of Troop 44 announced the appointment of Anita “Nana” Weyer as Troop 44’s First-Ever (as far as we know) female Assistant Scoutmaster at the troop’s Court of Honor held Monday, April 8, 2002 at the Scout Cabin, corner of Lower Huntington Road and Ardmore Avenue.

“Anita is no newcomer to the scouting scene,” said Jack, “She went through Scoutmaster training in the same class that I went through. Anita is fully qualified to serve in this position.” Trained as an assistant, she held the position of Committee Member for Troop 38 sponsored by Calvary United Methodist Church before being appointed to Committee Chairman for Troop 38 by Chartered Organization Representative Dan Hullinger.

Serving in a dual membership capacity, Anita will be helping both troops at the same time. Ray McCune, Chartered Organization Representative for Troop 44 also helps in a dual membership capacity with Troop 38 as a Committee Member. “With the help of people like Anita and Ray, Troop 44 will slowly gain back the strength and leadership it once was famous for,” said Jack. “At one time, Troop 44 had a membership of over 50 boys, more adult leaders than you can imagine, and the mere mention of Troop 44 at District Camporees struck fear into the hearts of all the other troops that were in competition with them. They brought home more than their share of awards.”

The troop would like to invite all Eagle Scouts that earned their Eagle Badges through Troop 44 to “Come Home” and lend a hand. Someone did it for you; now it’s your turn.



Portage Creek Camp Association is offering each and every patriotic citizen of Waynedale, Indiana – a FREE – peel-and-stick – US Flag decal. Put it on your car, truck, RV, SUV, boat, motorcycle, refrigerator, bicycle, bathtub, tricycle, walking stick, wheelchair, shotgun, scooter, or baby carriage. Show the world you aren’t about to forget what happened 9/11/01. Stop by The WAYNEDALE NEWS at 2700 Lower Huntington Road and pick up your FREE decal as soon as you can.



(The time of the sale has been announced as the garage at the Scout Cabin (corner of Lower Huntington Road and Ardmore Avenue) is almost full but we still have room for more.


We have something for everyone including a dishwasher, a boat trailer, a truck cap, lawn furniture, a ceiling fan, radios, VCR players, a VCR tape rewinder, a table saw, a table lathe/jig saw, lamps, coolers, baby clothes, telephones, an electric typewriter, large truck inner tubes, and various assorted camping equipment (stoves, lanterns, propane tanks), hard hats, etc. PLUS – There’s stuff we haven’t even un-boxed yet.

Are you still sorting through all the stuff Aunt Maggie left you in her will, attic, basement, and closets? Got a garage/basement/attic you want emptied of its contents? (Sorry we don’t clean garages, basements, and attics – we just pick up sellable items.) Want to get rid of old toys, tools, cooking utensils, furniture, etc., to make room for new stuff? Move and haven’t unpacked all the boxes and don’t know what’s in them and haven’t missed the stuff?

The members of Portage Creek Camp Association said they are willing to come to your house to pick up your donations. You may drop off your donations at the Scout Cabin but you must call first and arrange for someone to meet you there. Please don’t drop anything off in front of the door; it will only get wet or be stolen. Call and have someone meet you there PLEASE. Take a FREE tour of the Boy Scout Cabin while you’re there.

Don’t throw it out; call Jack Shepard at 436-2422, for a ‘free’ pickup. For more information about Boy Scouting in the Waynedale area, contact Ray McCune at Portage Creek Camp Association, 2700 Lower Huntington Road or call him at 747-4535 or call Committee Chairman Walt Pressler at 436-9462.



Boy Scout Troop 44 is looking for some good used uniforms. Are you or your boy finished with scouting? Do you have some old uniforms or uniform parts (belt, shirt, pants, socks) laying around in dresser drawers or hanging in the back of a closet? Please donate these items to Troop 44. We have boys in need of uniforms right now. Call Scoutmaster Jack Shepard at 436-2422, Chartered Organization Representative Ray McCune at 747-6512 for pickup, or drop the items off at THE WAYNEDALE NEWS, 2700 Lower Huntington Road. Items donated are tax deductible.


Why I became a Cub Master

by Peter Wood, Cub Master – Pack 28, Shelton, CT

As a single father, things such as after school activities can become extremely difficult. Events such as baseball practice, football practice can not only get tiring, but they can become a conflict to attend. When my oldest son ran up to me with a form for Tiger Scouts, I thought to myself “not another after school activity!” With hesitation I signed the form and we began our Scouting adventure. I thought that in a few weeks he would lose interest and we would be able to take a well-deserved rest for a change after school.

He finished the entire year. At the crossover I was proud of him, and took great pleasure in placing his Cub Scout neckerchief around his new uniform. His eyes gleamed with anticipation of what was to come. It was at this time that I was asked by the Cub Master to become a Den Leader. He caught me at a good time, and I accepted. As a newly inducted Den Leader, I was not sure what I was getting myself into. I was told it only took an hour a week to prepare for these meetings. Then came leaders’ meeting and council meeting. Soon I found myself absorbed in the Scouting way of life. I was getting hooked. All due to the gleaming eyes of my oldest son. Every week he would want to do more, to learn more. Soon we were becoming a team in the Scouting Way.

When my son became a Bear, the Cub Master came to me and asked if I would lead the Pack. I thought, “how much more can I handle?” I had already taken on so many other projects with my children. I took some time to think it over, and discussed it with my son. Again the gleam was in his eyes. I told him I would think about it.

In December of the same year, our Pack held a “Mom and Me” cake bake. My ex-wife and my son prepared a cake that was to be auctioned off. The proceeds from this event were to go to a home for battered wives and their children. We raised over $500.00 at the event. Towards the end of the event we raffled off some cakes that were designed by our leaders and my son happened to win the Grand Prize.

Without my knowledge, thoughts were running through my son’s mind. He approached me and asked a question, “Dad, do they let the kids at the shelter have cake?” I turned to the representative from the shelter and asked her if this was allowed. Her reply was, “Yes.” My son pulled me to the side and asked, “Dad, is it alright if I give the kids at the shelter my cake?” I asked, “Why?” With a gleam in his eyes he said, “Well, I bet those kids and their moms don’t have the chance to bake. I bet they would love to have a cake this big!” And then he made the statement, “And you are the one that said that we are supposed to do good deeds for others.”

I allowed him to present his Grand Prize award to the representative. How could I have said no? He walked up to her and said, “When you get back to the shelter, could you let the boys and girls have my cake? I can make another one with my dad anytime.” She thanked him, smiled, and said, “What a thoughtful boy.” His reply was simple, “At our den meeting, we always learn that it is better to help someone out, than look the other way.” Now, I was the one with a gleam in his eye. I walked up to the Cub Master, smiled, and said, “It would be my honor to take over as Cub Master.” He looked at me, smiled, and said, “I knew it wouldn’t take too long. Your son is an amazing young boy, he understands what it means to be a Scout.”

That was three years ago. I am still the Cub Master. And our Pack has made some amazing goals come true. Now my youngest is starting in Tigers. When he wanted to join he asked, “Dad, you and Mike have done some pretty cool things in Scouts. Will you help me like you helped him?” My reply, “You bet, son. All the way to Eagle Scout. It’s the Scouting way.” Today we enjoy Scouting as a family. I have seen firsthand the changes in my boys that are a direct result from Scouting. As of this date, we have registered our 96th Scout in the Pack. Each with their own little gleam as to what is ahead.

It has been said, “If you want something done, let a busy person take charge.” My hope is that if your child shows the least interest in something, show them that you care. We all have busy lives. We all try to invest for the future. But let us not forget the greatest investment: Our children.

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