Bill Madden Receives God and Service Award

On August, 6, 2017

SouthGate Church
2020 E Baseline Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85042

Bill Madden has been honored with the God and Service Award for Adults.  This award, which the recipient must be nominated through Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y), is given to Boy Scouts of America leaders that have given extraordinary leadership to youth in both the Boy Scouts of America and their religious organization.  Bill has given a tremendous amount of time and energy to Cub Scout Pack 178 and SouthGate Church.  At Cub Scout Pack 178, Bill is the Committee Chairman, with responsibilities that include leading the Pack Committee and overseeing all administrative duties.  With a very active Pack of over 50 Cubs, this is no small feat.  At SouthGate Church, Bill is an active part of the church with most of his efforts being in his specialty, IT.  From helping develop the website to helping run IT and A/V, Bill has been a valuable member of the congregation for many years.

This prestigious award was presented to Bill at SouthGate Church during their normal service time in presence of the congregation.  Bill was unaware of the award presentation until it was announced at the service, of which then a dozen members of Pack 178 walked in along with Baron Smith, Cubmaster.  Baron Smith and Pastor Andrew Cunningham then presented Bill with his certificate, Boy Scout Knot patch, lapel pin, and the medallion which is worn around the neck.  A celebration with cake was held afterwards.

Ahwatukee’s oldest Cub Scout pack recruiting local boys

Ahwatukee Foothills News – Published August 9, 2017 – Link to Original News Article

AFN News Staff

As the new school year gears up, so does recruitment time for local scouting troops.

Ahwatukee Cub Scout Pack 178 is the latest local troop to schedule a recruitment drive for boys in kindergarten through fifth grade.

It’s had a lot of experience with the annual recruitment drive: Pack 178 was Ahwatukee’s  first Cub pack, established in 1980.

The pack is holding an open house and ice cream social at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, for new and returning scouts at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11022 S. 48th St, Ahwatukee.

While boys can join anytime, pack leaders say now is the best time to register and avoid missing a full year of activities.

“Cub Scout Pack 178 of Ahwatukee recently completed a multi-day camping trip to the Grand Canyon,” said assistant Cubmaster Joey Boyer, who works with Cubmaster Baron Smith.

“The Pack has also gone to Mukutu’s Island and had a pool party over the summer,” Boyer added. “This year, the Pack will be camping several times in the Payson area and is working on plans for another large summer camp.”

Cub packs are part of the Boy Scouts of America, whose mission “is to help young people build character, learn citizenship, develop personal fitness, become effective leaders and have fun in the outdoors,” Boyer said.

Last year, he and his pack started a Lion Pack for boys who are 5 years old by Sept. 30 but under age 7. That group is aimed at helping boys explore scouting’s value with a parent or guardian.

“Lion is a family-oriented program,” Boyer explained. “A boy and his parent or caring adult parter join scouting together. A group of six to eight boys and their adult partners meet together in a group called a den. Dens will meet approximately twice per month.

“They have fun participating in den meetings and outings while making memories together.”

Pack 178 meets the second Monday of the month.

Information: Boyer, 803-984-2767; Smith 480-528-1228,