RE: Fishing at Day Camp_HELP!!!!
Mon, 15 Jun 1992 11:25:00 EDT
One of the events I remember from the fishing area at camp was golf.
The game went something like this: We had nine holes made of plastic hula
hoops (dates me somewhat). They were anchored at varying distances from
shore spaced far enough apart that casters were not likely to get too
tangled. We used different several different colors so it was easier to
tell the Cub Scout which hole he was teeing off for, i.e., #1 Red, #2 Blue,
etc. Anchor hoops to a weight on the bottom.
Each golfer had a casing rod with a weight on the end (no hooks). You were
allowed three putts on each hole. Your score for the hole was the number of
putts it took to get the sinker through the hoop. If you didn't get it in
three putts, you scored a '4' for the hole.
A variation for the Scout summer camp was to make some of the casts longer
and establish a 'par' for the hole (3-5 putts). Another variation was to
use what I always called a 'flip' instead of an overhand cast. You just
stick the rod out and make a little flip of the wrist to arc the plug into
the hoop--the kind of thing you see the pros do at the outdoor shows.
One camp where I worked didn't have any water except the swimming pool. One
year they used the pool. The next year they used the athletic field and
actually had Cubs walk around a course (make sure that tees aren't too close
to holes). I'm not sure but I think that if you didn't cast into the hole
from the tee then you moved to where the plug was and cast from there. BTW,
no one caught any fish that year.
One summer when my wife directed Cub day camp, they had a fishing stop. The
first day a fish was caught. They took a picture and put it on the fishing
hole sign. Six weeks later, it was still the only picture posted but
because one fish was caught, Cubs were sure they could catch the second.
Cubs came to that camp only one day at a time -- many units came several
times during the six weeks, but only one day at a time. Each day of the
week had a somewhat different program, but fishing was on every day (1/2
And finally, I saw fly tying used in one camp. And old timer from the
neighborhood came and tied flies. Cubs who watched and asked to help were
rewarded with the fly they had helped to tie. He always had a box of small
corks to imbed the hooks in when the Cub got the fly--which they picked up
as they left camp!!
Hope some of this is helpful.
Currently Juniata Valley Council (PA)
Moving soon to Will Rogers Council (OK)
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