Deployed Indiana Guard Soldiers to Receive Scouts’ Annual Gifts

ZIONSVILE, IN – Cub Scout Pack 105 shipped 75 care packages this month as holiday gifts to Indiana National Guard soldiers currently deployed in the Middle East. The care packages assembled by the Cub Scouts that make up Pack 105 at Union Elementary School in Zionsville contain snacks, magazines, books, and personal care items. Each Scout also included a handwritten note of gratitude for the soldiers’ service. This is the third consecutive year the Scouts at Union Elementary School have shipped care packages to deployed Hoosier soldiers.

The Scouts received some very special help assembling their care packages from Command Sergeant Major Karolyn Peeler of the Indiana National Guard. Peeler holds the highest rank achievable for enlisted soldiers in the US Army.

Peeler received a care package from the Pack 105 Cub Scouts in December of 2012 when she was deployed in the Middle East. As an expression of her gratitude for the gifts, she shipped the Pack 105 Cub Scouts a US flag flown over her camp in Kuwait, a flag the Scouts now proudly fly during their outdoor ceremonies.

Peeler was delighted to come to Union Elementary School this year to help assemble care packages and to tell the Scouts how special it is to receive gifts from home, especially from grateful Hoosiers you do not know.

“I am so impressed by the Cub Scouts at Union Elementary School,” said Peeler. “Their generous support for our soldiers renews my faith in America’s young people and I will always cherish my visit to Pack 105.”

“In Pack 105, we teach the boys to ‘walk the walk’ of Scouting values and that means providing selfless service to others,” said Cubmaster, Tom Sugar. “Our mission is to partner with our parents to help build better boys, great young men and future leaders.”