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Scout groups revive in Gaston, Vernonia

Gaston and Vernonia Cub Scout packs are coming back.

The Gaston Knights of Pythias are sponsoring a Gaston Cub Scout pack, reviving a local group which dwindled away a few years ago, said Don Allen of the Knights.

Since the new pack’s inception in September, 10 members have joined.

“We’re quite excited we got a pack back,” said Allen, who added the Knights have several members who are Eagle Scouts. “We’re into anything that promotes unity in the community. We want the community to stay friendly and family-oriented.”

Vernonia’s pack, number 201, folded two years ago, but now new pack leader Joe Shirley is recruiting members.

“It’s a year-round program with a lot of community service,” said Brian Blachly, district executive of Boy Scouts of America. “It builds character and integrity.”

Those interested in joining the Gaston pack may contact pack leader Aaron La Casse at 503-809-1700.

For those interested in joining the Vernonia pack, contact Blachly at 503-858-2320 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information about the Cub Scouts, visit scouting.org.



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