Cub and Boy Scouts use ‘Campsgiving’ to further forge friendships; ‘Calling it a family sounds corny, but you are really connected’

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GURNEE, Ill. — Scouting is fun. So say the young members of Gurnee Pack and Troop 677, who recently celebrated Thanksgiving early at the Gurnee Community Church, in suburban Chicago, where they hold weekly meetings. The annual event, called “Campsgiving,” was started by Cub and Scoutmaster Dan Leslie before the pandemic. While normally held outdoors during a camping trip, this year Campsgiving was celebrated on Nov. 12 inside, but with the same goal of breaking bread together with friends and creating a feeling of camaraderie, Leslie said. Troop and pack members, who range in ages from 5 to 1…

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