Scouts busy as elves dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son

Lo­cal group cre­ates pa­rade cos­tumes and pre­pares sev­eral Christ­mas ac­tiv­i­ties

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY JONATHAN PARSONS [email protected]­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

While many spec­ta­tors thor­oughly en­joy the Santa Claus pa­rades in their home com­mu­ni­ties each Christ­mas, the end prod­uct con­sist­ing of elab­o­rate floats, colour­ful cos­tumes and chore­ographed ma­neu­vers is the re­sult of hours of hard work by many com­mu­nity groups.

One of the groups who par­tic­i­pated in the Clarenville pa­rade this past Satur­day, Dec. 8, was the Clarenville Scouts.

The group of just over a dozen Scouters cre­ated their own cos­tumes this year, as they marched along as rein­deer in the Santa Claus pa­rade.

The Scouts put their sewing skills to work, hand-mak­ing the out­fits needed for the event.

Thir­teen-year-old Ai­dan Frye says he learned how to sew the first year he was in Scouts be­cause they needed to put badges on their uni­form.

They sewed white stom­achs, tails and spots on the brown cos­tumes for the pa­rade, in ad­di­tion to antlers to wear on their heads.

They told The Packet they’re glad to help pre­pare and are gen­er­ally ex­cited for the Christ­mas sea­son it­self.

As for the Scouts, they agreed their favourite part is camp­ing—both in summer and win­ter.

The ideas for the pa­rade are a group ef­fort which are voted on by the mem­bers. Lead­ers Har­vey Locke, Te­nille Stringer and Ar­lene Framp­ton told The Packet they try to come up with a dif­fer­ent theme each year for the pa­rade.

The hard work by the Scouts is just one of the ac­tiv­i­ties they are plan­ning.

The group is also look­ing for­ward to mum­mer­ing at lo­cal re­tire­ment homes again this year, trans­ported by the CREST bus.

“It’s an­other one of the things the kids con­tinue to want to do,” ex­plained Stringer.

So, while Santa’s elves are hard at work this hol­i­day sea­son at the North Pole, don’t for­get about the lo­cal com­mu­nity groups around the re­gion who are busy par­tic­i­pat­ing in ac­tiv­i­ties and pre­par­ing worth­while en­deav­ours for Christ­mas.

JONATHAN PARSONS — THE PACKET

The Clarenville Scouts are busy elves this hol­i­day sea­son, with sev­eral projects in the works be­fore Christ­mas, in­clud­ing do­nat­ing to Bel­lies and Bot­toms and mum­mer­ing with the CREST bus.

Scout Ai­dan Frye shows off the work he had com­pleted thus far.

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