One of the first needs of a newly established organization is to raise funds, and Cub Scout Pack 82 is no different. Founded on Fort Bragg by members of the Fayetteville chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association last May, the organization held a golf tournament, April 27, at Ryder Golf Course, aimed at adding funds to its coffers.

The $50 entrance fee raised more than $700 for the organization, said Kathleen Miller, den leader.

The money will be used to purchase camping gear and Pinewood Derby equipment, she said.

Cason Montague, 6, is a first grader and a Tiger Cub Scout.

He said he enjoys being in the Cub Scouts because it teaches him about nature and how to build friendships. Taking part in the golf tournament also afforded Cason another opportunity — spending time with his father, Lt. Col. Kareem Montague, who recently assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment.

Indeed, one of the benefits of Cub Scouts is that it promotes Family values, said Kenna Freese, in-school scouting coordinator, Cumberland County School System. Children get to spend time with their dads and learn about golf at the same time.

“I think golf is fun and it’s relaxing,” said Miller’s son, Grant, 7.

It is a simple sport and does not require “super” energy like other sports, said Grant, who seems to enjoy being a Cub Scout.

“It gets kids to know what friendship is; what loyalty is. It also gets them to know what nature is,” he said. “It’s good because it gets kids friends and it helps them learn and it’s also fun for them at the same time.”

It is even possible for youth who are not Cub Scouts to enjoy being associated with the organization.

Rylee Montague’s little brother, Cason, 6, is a member of Cub Scout Pack 82.

“I like that he’s in the Cub Scouts because I get to come along to all the events,” said Rylee, 9.

“I like spending time with my dad because I learn more and I have fun, which is what my dad says is the most important part,” Rylee said.

Cub Scouts encourage learning and promotes good sportsmanship, tasks for which Scouts may earn belt loops.

Cason said he has earned loops for raking leaves and for loading the dishwasher at home, all accomplishments geared towards teaching responsibility.

Cub Scouts allow youth to broaden their horizons by also participating in activities relating to arts, reading and music, said Miller.

For more information on joining the Cub Scouts, visit www.beascout.org , email yourscoutde@yahoo.com or call 824-6201.