For some of us, the words "extracurricular activities" mean more work and less play. For Scouts, however, the idea of giving back to the community is harnessing the power of charity in a fun way. They hold drives and participate in fairs, but most of all they complete projects designed to enrich the lives of others, including refurbishing the public areas of our parks.

One particular Elkridge group, Cub Scout Pack 360, has recently focused its efforts on the Scouting for Food Drive, but we don't expect them to stop there. In fact, they don't expect to stop there either.

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In addition to giving back to the community, Cub Scout Pack 360 also has games and other activities throughout the year. If you would like to join them, the pack meets at Trinity Episcopal Church, 7474 Washington Blvd.

On May 16, the pack will hold a picnic and recruitment event from 2 to 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal, which will feature food and games. Families with boys currently in kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to attend. For more information, contact csp360@gmail.com

For many of us, spring means travel season and the perfect kind of weather for day trips both n the county and beyond. However, you don't have to go very far to experience the brain-enhancing aspects of travel. You can take an adventure courtesy of your local library.

If this sounds like you, then the Elkridge Library's "Tales of the Tudors" may be right for you. You will be able to participate in this program on Thursday, May 21, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Go immerse yourself in a good story and discover several novels written about Tudor England through the eyes of notable women, such as Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I. No registration is required; get more information by calling 410-313-5077.

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