Scouts learn first-hand to 'drop and roll'

The newly created Cub Scout Pack 1776 recently took its first field trip –– to Henry County Fire Station No. 3, in Stockbridge.

"My favorite part was when the bloodhound tracked me," said Cub Scout Jerred Cline. "They were showing us how the bloodhounds track with smell."

The 9-year-old joined others in the pack of boys, ages 6 through 10, in learning about what firefighters do, and how they can be safe in the event of an emergency.

"If your house catches on fire, and your door is hot, go back and open the window, and throw something out to let the firefighters know where you are," said Cline.

Cline has been in Cub Scouts since he was six years old. He joined Pack 1776 this spring, and hopes to complete scouting by earning his Eagle Scout rank, one day.

Pack 1776's June 8 visit to the Stockbridge firehouse was its first enrichment activity of several planned for the summer, said Pack 1776 Training Chairman Paul Grimes, who is also Cline's grandfather.

"They learned about fire detection, fire safety, and how to escape from a burning house," Grimes said. "They learned what to do if they caught on fire — drop and roll."

Grimes said he has been involved with scouting since 1966, when his son was in scouts. His son, and Cline's uncle, Paul Grimes, Jr., is now an Eagle Scout.

"I think it benefits them in many, many ways," said Paul Grimes. "It teaches them values, survival skills, work skills, and morals. Aside from the church, I can't think of any other program that teaches them better values than scouting."

Grimes said the pack, which currently has seven boys registered, meets once a week at Red Oak, and will be involved in off-site field trips approximately once a month. The pack plans to visit Noah's Ark later this summer.

Cline, who wants to become a veterinarian, said he is excited about this summer's activities.

"I like that we get to go camping," he said, "and we get to do special things, and visit a lot of cool places."