Re: cub resident camping
Lani McAllister (Macfam6@AOL.COM)
Wed, 11 Oct 1995 00:55:10 -0400
I have been sending my own boys to cub scout resident camp here in Desert
Pacific Council's Camp Hual-Cu-Cuish for 6 years. My boys began attending
when they were first Wolf Scouts. Sending cubs to camp takes a little more
planning, but the rewards and personal growth that the boys experience are
worth the extra effort. Out council shortens the stay of the cubs one day by
having them check in on Monday afternoon, instead of Sunday like the Webelos.
The cost is the same, so cubs get a T-shirt to take home to make up the cost
difference. The camp staff plans activities that are geared toward the Wolf
and Bear advancements.
I have been a camp staff member (craft director) at the camp as well, and
in all the summers I have observed cub scouts, they do very well in resident
camp. I would encourage you to back your council's resident cub camp-the
rewards of watching boys grow and change is worth it!
My tips: instruct parents to give mail to you BEFORE you leave, then you can
pick the best time to give it to the child. This avoids giving them mail
when they may be experiencing homesickness.
Also, get to know the chaplain at camp. He can be a great help for dealing
Know that the night before you go home is the worst for the boys (and me), so
I plan a few extra activites of the craft sort to keep them busy.
I also make it clear that every one has the right to miss mom and dad a lot,
but no one is going home. We will support and help each other and then have
a great week to remember. One of my youngest cubs told me "I came up here
with my den, but I went home with "brothers"!
Have fun cub camping!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City