HAZLE TWP. — Holiday shoppers at the Laurel Mall in Hazle Township enjoyed some complimentary music of the season on Saturday afternoon.
As they hustled and bustled through the mall in droves in preparation for the arrival of Christmas, they were serenaded by a band manned local boy scouts and cub scouts.
The Scout Band was organized by the Anthracite District of Minsi Trails Council, which is made up of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Venturing Crews in Conyngham, Drums, White Haven, Freeland, Weatherly, Beaver Meadows, McAdoo, Hazleton and West Hazleton.
The district conducts a wide variety of activities, including community outreach activities such as Saturday’s performance, and camping trips, sporting events, community volunteer activities, and educational excursions.
The district leadership focuses on providing “leadership and character development programs,” according to its website. The group includes nearly 550 scouts and is aided by 230 adult volunteers, according to district scout leaders.
The ensemble entertained the public in the mall walkway. They played together under the direction of organizer Alan Wufsus, senior den leader at Troop 207 which is based in Conynham. They were joined by Scouts from Troop 63 located in Drums.
The band was instructed and conducted by Louis Kugelman, elementary band and music instructor at the Hazleton Area School District’s Drums Elementary School.
The Anthracite District is part of the larger Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which includes over 11,000 scouts and 5,000 volunteers, about 350 packs and more than 375 chartered groups, according to organizers. It includes scouts from six counties in northeast Pennsylvania and parts of western New Jersey.