Several fourth grade boys from the Roaring Brook School Scout Pack 274, known as the NOVA Patrol, can proudly state they are prepared to help in a roadside emergency. Welcomed by Hoffman Honda Service Manager Dwight Dery and Shop Foreman & Dispatcher Craig Pomeroy, the scouts participated in the exercise of changing a tire on a new Honda Fit. They were shown where the spare tire and jack were located in the trunk of the car and received instruction on the important steps to ensure safety. “It is a pleasure to open our doors at Hoffman Honda to the Scouts and assist in building their knowledge about vehicle maintenance and safety,” states Dery.
One of the goals the NOVA Patrol set for themselves this year was to earn their Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouting. Earning this rank prepares a Webelos (“WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts”) Scout to become a Boy Scout. Webelos Scouts who have earned the Arrow of Light Award have also completed all requirements for the Boy Scout badge. The determined group of 11 Weblos from RBS Scout Pack 274 are well on their way to earning the award this year. During their visit to Hoffman Honda, the Scouts eagerly put their strength to the test, raising a vehicle with a manual jack, removing lug nuts and replacing the tire with a spare to complete the process. Everyone had an opportunity to assist in the various steps, and there were a couple Scouts who had sisters attending who also enjoyed the learning experience.
“Our motto is ‘Be Prepared’ and we appreciate the guidance and instruction provided by Dwight and Craig at Hoffman Honda who graciously hosted our Pack,” stated Karen Morris, Cubmaster, RBS Cub Scouts Pack 274. Morris continued, “Since the heavy duty machinery isn’t available on the side of the road when you get a flat tire it was helpful for the boys to have hands-on experience tightening bolts and lifting tires.”
Chartered by West Avon Congregational Church, the Cub Scouts Pack 274 offers boys fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. It is the combined efforts of parents, leaders, friends and community partners that the boys learn life skills, the importance of giving back to the community, compassion for others and courage.
“Hoffman Auto Group places high value on helping the community to thrive and this includes enriching our youth. Showing children they are valuable by spending time to teach a new skill and providing opportunities to safely explore the world around them will strengthen our community one child at a time,” Susan Lane, manager of corporate reputation and community outreach, Hoffman Auto Group.
Hoffman Honda would like to congratulate the boys of Cub Scout Pack 274 in attaining their “Handyman” pins as a result of their participation at our service department.
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