Cub Scout Pack 24 makes birdhouses for Appalachian Lab

April 16, 2018
John Piasecki, AL Facility Manager, and Claire Nemes, Ph.D. student, with installed bluebird box.

Cub Scout Pack 24 (sponsored by Frostburg American Legion – Farrady Post 24) welcomed special guest Claire Nemes, a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science – Appalachian Laboratory (UMCES-AL) to their monthly Pack Meeting on Monday, April 9, at the Frostburg United Methodist Church. Ms. Nemes gave a presentation about local birds/wildlife and helped present the pack activity for the evening: Eastern bluebird house assembly. With the assistance of Cubmaster Dean Mulcaster and several willing adult volunteers, Cub Scouts and siblings created 14 bluebird houses for placement in the woods directly behind the Appalachian Laboratory.

Keeping with the meeting’s wildlife theme, Cubs also created four (4) artificial fish habitats for placement at Camp Potomac – BSA in Oldtown, MD. These habitats were made by inserting spare pieces of hose/flexible piping into empty 5-gallon buckets. Later this month, the habitats will be filled with concrete for weight and then sunk into the camp’s lake in hopes of supporting the reintroduction of a thriving fish population.

In total, the Cub Scouts and siblings of Pack 24 contributed 36 total hours of community service at the meeting while parent leaders and volunteers added another 17 hours. More information on Cub Scout Pack 24 can be found by contacting Cubmaster Dean Mulcaster ( or Assistant Cubmaster Dan DeWitt (

Cub Scout Pack 24 shows off their completed bluebird houses for placement in the wooded areas surrounding the Appalachian Laboratory. Also pictured are Cubmaster Dean Mulcaster and Claire Nemes, Ph.D. Student at UMCES-AL. Photo: Lani Hetz