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Local scout is top salesman again
with over $2,000 in popcorn sales

Cub Scout Ryan Richards was the top popcorn salesman in the Seeley Pack again this year. He sold $2,301 worth of popcorn. Here he stand with all of his prizes. He received a sleeping bag, lantern, compass, tent, mess kit and 250 Scout Bucks, which can be used at participating merchants.

February 17, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

by Patricia Swan Smith
For the Pathfinder

Last week marked the 90th anniversary of the scouting program. And Seeley Lake Cub Scout Ryan Richards, age 10, took top salesman in the Seeley Lake Pack for the second year in a row. He sold $2,301 worth of popcorn this year.

He was also first in the Mullan Trail District and third in the state.

He said he had about 150 customers, and that is not counting those who were contacted and didn't purchase any popcorn.

For all of his efforts, he received a sleeping bag, lantern, compass, tent, mess kit and 250 Scout Bucks, which can be used at participating merchants. In Seeley, High Basin Sports is a participant. And the Scout bucks are a dollar for dollar value.

"I like scouts because you learn a lot of stuff for the wilderness and can work for the scholarship program," Ryan said. "You can use it on resumes. I also learn how to work with knives safely and what to do in case of an accident. You can have a lot of experience with life

"We learn about other people's jobs and learn how to be a gentleman."

Among other things, the scouts work on wood-working projects, knife safety and first aid.

They build a model each year for the Pinewood Derby, and models for the Space Derby, and attend the Blue & Gold Banquet held each year to celebrate of scouting founder Lord Baden-Powell. Scouting was founded in 1910.

They learn how to work individually, with partners and with a pack as a team.

Ryan is the son of Mike and Lynn Richards and he has been in Cub Scouts for three years. Mike is the Cub Master for the Seeley Lake Pack 19.

The ideals of scouting are the same today as they were in 1910. The program teaches the boys how to do things for themselves and others. It teaches them patriotism, courage and self reliance; it teaches them how to be physically fit and develop a strong character that they will admire, as well as how to be good citizens.

You can become a Cub Scout when you're 6. You stay in Cub Scouts until age 11. From there you are a Boy Scout until the age of 18.

If you are interested in joining Scouts, you may contact Mike Richards at 677-2469.

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