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by mari e bartusek photogr a phs by andy mani s

STARTING THIS FALL, THE

CUB SCOUT PROGRAM WILL CHANGE. WHY? HOW DOES MAKING IT MORE LASTING, MORE SUCCESSFUL, AND MORE FUN SOUND?

Firefighter Torie Ruffin of the Mequon Fire Station in suburban Milwaukee, Wis., dresses for a blaze in a 50-pound fire suit with a 20-pound air tank strapped to his back. He is demonstrating the equipment for an audience of 10 Cub Scouts

from Den 8 of Pack 3865 in Mequon. With every inch of his skin covered, Ruffin breaths through an air hose. “He sounds like Darth Vader!” shouts 7-year-old Cameron Karaba. Except that instead of using a Star Wars lightsaber, Ruffin wields a canvas hose channeling 300 gallons of water. Removing his helmet and kneeling down, he offers each boy a turn at target practice, aiming streams of water

The reorganized den provides new opportuni- ties for advancement and for taking part in cool activities. At left, Bay-Lakes Council executive board vice president Lucia Cronin works with Cub Scout Josh Garcia of Pack 3817. At right, Pack 3865’s Cameron Karaba battles a mock blaze with help from firefighter Torie Ruffin.

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