Off to Camp
Ron W. Fox (RonWFox@AOL.COM)
Thu, 22 Jun 1995 09:43:04 -0400
I'll be leaving soon for Cub Scout Adventure Camp at Camp Shin-Go-Beek
(Waupaca, Wis., 40 mi due west of Oshkosh). Session 1 runs June 26th through
June 29th. We've got 22 Scouts and 18 adults going. The Scouts have great
fun, and I have found that the parents who go end up becoming a very fertile
area for recruiting next year's leaders.
For those non-B.S.A. people on Scouts-L, let me tell you that Cub Scout
Adventure Camp is a camping program implemented by some Councils in the
B.S.A. It is intended for Cub Scouts (boys who are entering 2nd through 5th
grades the next fall, which is ages 7 through 10). It usually is about 4
days/3 nights, and the Cubs get an opportunity to participate in a number of
activities that are a lot of fun and enable them to pass some of their rank
requirements. There is usually a theme that changes yearly: Space camp, King
Arthur and the Round Table, Frontier Days, Pirate Days, etc. This year is
Pirate Days and my wife just spent a young fortune at Murray's Party Time
store (a local costume and party shop). ARRRRH! Danny and I will be a
couple of fine looking pirates! At Camp Shin-Go-Beek in Des Plaines Valley
Council, the Cubs will be able to swim, row, canoe, fish, shoot bows and
arrows, shoot BB guns (this is the only way Cubs in the B.S.A. can handle BB
guns), play games, etc. There will be a tournament of "pirate games" for the
younger Cubs one night, and the 9 and 10 year olds (the Webelos Scouts) will
go on an overnight hike and sleep out underneath the stars. Speaking of the
stars, Camp Shin-Go-Beek has a 40 power telescope with a motor-driven
equatorial mount in a cabin with a sliding roof! John Jones, the resident
astronomer (being of a certain age, John is commonly referred to as the "Star
Geezer") runs an excellent program if the sky permits.
It's the longest campout of their lives for many of the Cubs. It's the
longest campout of their lives for many of the parents, about half of whom
are the Cubs mothers. Many of the parents have never seen, or used, a
latrine before (and the one in our site isn't exactly pristine), nor have
they had to go 3 nights running without electricity. We usually get some
entertaining reactions as the impact sinks in....
See you next Wednesday!
Cubmaster, Pack 69
Willow Springs, Ill.
Des Plaines Valley Council, B.S.A.
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