Cub Camp Report
Douglas Flewelling (dougf@GROUSE.UMESVE.MAINE.EDU)
Sun, 28 Aug 1994 19:41:28 -0800
This report is coming in a little late, but I thought it might be of interest.
The Katahdin Area Council runs a six day/five night residence camp each
year for Cub Scouts and Webelos. It takes place at the Council's Camp
Roosevelt on Little Fitts Pond, Eddington, Maine. The Council owns the
entire shoreline of the pond and a substantial portion of surrounding land,
it is truly a beautiful setting; commercial over ;-).
Each Pack provides its own leadership with at least one leader per six
boys. We attended with 16 boys(6 Webelos-2, 6 Webelos-1, 3 Bears, 1 Wolf)
and 4 full-time leaders, 1 den chief, and 3 'relief' parents that came in
for a day or evening. All leaders must have Youth Protection training and
this is offered the first night for those who hadn't completed. As an
aside, camp was a perfect time to conduct special training, such as Safe
Swim/Safe Boating and refresher courses.
The program is built around a theme each year, this year's was 'Out of
Africa'. The camp sites were named after African countries and there is a
big fair on Thursday where the boys come in costume and play/run games.
Most other days have six one-hour periods where the boys engage in
traditional camp activities such as swimming, archery, bb-shooting,
campcraft, athletics, crafts, nature/science, and hanging out at the
Of special note was the nature program. It was run by a 6th grade science
teacher who had the boys:
- solving environmental 'crimes' that required evidence gathering,
deduction, and simple chemistry
- building soda straw bridges
- observing water life in 'dam-ology'
- conducting projects towards the World Conservation badge
- putting their partners inside a bubble
In general, a hands-on science program the entertained and taught. It gave
the boys a good start on a couple of Webelos Badges and Cub achievements.
The waterfront had a special program for Webelos that let them earn their
Aquanaut and start to learn boat and canoe handling.
The BB-shooting program was especially well attended. The camp conducts a
very tightly run and safe program the give the boys an understanding of gun
safety and lets them earn the BB-Shooting belt loop. An equally well run
program taught the fundementals of archery. One of my boys shot two
bullseyes in a row. A bullseye earns you an arrowhead necklace, the 'Cairo
There is a Webelos Woods program that take first-year Webelos on a 3 mile
hike up a hill (500') that includes an eight foot rope climb/repel. The
thought of doing it simply terrified half the boys, but everyone made it (
some needed a two-deep-observed shove in the behind to get up). The look of
terror(during) and pride(after) on my son's face (I was observing from 15ft
above) as he repelled down the short cliff was worth the walk.
Second-year Webelos take an overnight camping trip about a mile from the
main camp. Foil-meals are cooked and sleeping is under the stars unless
there is rain in the forecast. The six boys from my Webelos den are all
looking forward to that next year.
Homesickness was an issue this year. One boy's grandfather had died the
Saturday before camp and his family decided that he should still go to
camp. By Tuesday he was ready to go home. We simply used the stalling
tactic with some quiet councilling. Tuesday night: it was too late to call,
Wednesday at lunch: we had to work on costumes, Wednesday afternoon: don't
you want to stick around to use your costume?, Thursday morning: why don't
we call after the fair, after the fair: 'I think I'll stay until tomorrow'
Campcraft taught jackknive safety and issued Whittlin' Chips. They also
taught basic hike safety and how to survival getting lost. The lessons
(learned last year) came in handy for my boy. He got up before his parents
while camping in the Maine Woods and followed our dog (who was of course
following him from the front) and disappeared for an hour and half. He
stayed on the road and kept his wits as much as you can expect from an
eight year old. End result when found: thankful parents and three extra
mile on his sneakers (he'd already punished himself enough).
Overall: It was a great week and ten of the boys will be coming back next year.
The six 2nd year Webelos will be off to Scout camp next year.
Three leaders are making plans to be there next year, the other plans
to become an Asst. Scoutmaster.
P.S. Given the 'Out of Africa' theme, our Pack decided to sponsor a
bottle drive to raise money for the Scouts in Zaire who are helping in the
refugee camps. Bags of cans and bottles were gathered at check-out on
Friday from the various sites. This little effort raised $49.44.
Webelos DL of the Eagle Den
Pack 301, Bangor, ME
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