Cub Scout International Experience
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Tue, 1 Nov 1994 00:18:55 GMT
I promised to write about our Pack Holiday last weekend. It was the end of
the half-term holiday, so we met at the church at 3.30 to drive to camp in
the Group's minibus and a van which I had hired.
We arrived at Buckmore Park Scout Centre just as daylight faded and went to
the building we had hired. The thirteen Cubs were divided up into their two
bunk rooms , and soon settled in. During the evening we did some activity
bases on the various training awards - Country Code , Highway Code , map
reading , Law and Promise. Then there was free time. We had copies of " Boys
Life " for the Cubs to read, because T401 usually has a few spares and I
keep them by for my pack.
Later in the evening the SM from Troop 401 , Ira Goldman arrived and told
the boys about Cub Scouts in the USA , where he had been a Den Leader.
We finally got the Cubs into their rooms at about 22.30 , although it was to
be another four hours before they all finaly fell asleep ...
Cassy Soghoian , a twelve year-old nearly-First-Class Scout was in charge of
one " Den " and he was joined on Saturday by Chris and Ben Speers. Chris, a
fourteen year-old Star Scout was in charge of the other den. Ben Speers, 16
and a Life Scout , helped out as an additional Young Leader. The Boy Scouts
worked with the Cubs teaching a variety of skills during the weekend,
including Swimmer badges. ( Here in the UK there is no age requirement for
counseling Cub Scout activity badges, so the Scouts taught and tested the
awards whilst the adults looked after the safety aspects.) Then we went onto
the archery range , where Ben did most of the instruction under my
supervision. (Ben was a junior counselor on Summer Camp two years ago and is
a good archer.)
The Scouts were absolutely shattered by Sunday morning. Cassy had asked to
be woken with coffee at 0645 , so I took the lads an early morning tray as
requested. ( Don't expect this on Scout campouts, guys ! ) But ... come
time to start breakfast where were the Scouts ? The answer was soon to be
made clear. Just after 0800 the pan with the cinnamon toast began to smoke
and triggered the fire alarm. Everybody turned out including three <very>
sleepy Scouts still in their pyjamas ! Talk about the return of the living
However, they soon recovered enough to set out a tracking trail for the
younger Cubs , and Cassy helped the older (9-10 year old) Cubs to do an
orienteering course to test their mapreading skills.
It was a fantastic weekend. All the US Boy Scouts got a taste of some real
responsibility, looking after the Cubs and doing inspection , helping them
with cooking and so on. The Cubs enjoyed having their new instructors
working with them , and have asked if " Ian's American Scouts " can come on
their next camping trip.
The American Boy Scouts took part in a unique service project, which I hope
will qualify for the International Activity Award. The British Cubs made
some new friends, completed a number of the " International Scouting "
requirements for their awards, and most important had a good time. They went
home tired and covered in mud from the rain which had poured down for much
of the weekend.
I felt proud to be associated with the 25th Greenwich Pack and with BSA
Troop 401 , because all the young men had really done their best to make
the weekend a success.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City