Contrary to the rancor framing the Bullis Charter School facilities debate, Los Altos School District and charter school children – and their parents – are getting along just fine through their involvement in Cub Scouts Pack 78.
The relatively new pack – formed approximately five years ago – has been invigorated over the past year, growing from 17 boys to 65.
The expansion is due in part to the efforts of pack parents like Nancy Bremeau, Julian Ting and Mark Blair.
“In the beginning, it was a challenge,” said Bremeau, pack committee chairwoman. “Parents were saying, ‘We’re a combined pack with that school?’ So we said, ‘We’re going to build our own community.’”
Pack leaders stress inclusiveness. The first paragraph of the Pack 78 website states that the pack does not tolerate discrimination in any form.
Boys ages 6-11 (first- through fifth-graders) participate in a range of activities, from building and launching rockets to field trips to Castle Rock. Pack members visited the offices of the Town Crier last week.
Membership, Bremeau said, comprises virtually equal numbers from Gardner Bullis and Bullis Charter schools.
“A lot of us at Gardner Bullis are finding out that the pack has been a really good way to get to know each other,” Bremeau said.
Ting said parents and children from both schools have built a good camaraderie.
“This is a great example of putting the kids first,” said Ting, a charter school parent.
“It’s been such a positive thing for me,” said Blair, the pack’s cubmaster.
Unlike Boy Scouts, the Cub Scout pack encourages parents to stay at meetings and participate. And yes, they share school facilities use.
For more information, visit pack-78.com.