Re: cub resident camping (long)
Dawn L. Moriarty (Dawnmpi@AOL.COM)
Wed, 11 Oct 1995 23:16:05 -0400
Katahdin Area Council operates a Cub Scout Residence Camp at Katahdin Scout
Reservation (also known as Camp Roosevelt) in East Eddington, Maine. Cub
Camp takes place for three weeks after five weeks of Boy Scout Camp. The
Cubs start camp on a Sunday and stay through until Friday, leaving after
lunch. It has been in operation for 10 years. There isn't any specially
built Cub area, the same facilities used by the Boy Scouts is used by the
Cubs. The Cubs sleep in the same camp sites (tents are provided on wooden
platforms for both camps) and they use the latrines (cleaning them is part of
the daily site duty). Some of the staff changes from Boy Scout Camp to Cub
Scout Camp (significantly, the program director (s) change and some program
area leaders). Each year a theme is assigned to Cub Camp and special events
during the week are held for the entire camp. Last year the council
increased the number of campers from 200 to 225. That doesn't seem like
much, but when you figure in the additional leaders and parent "leaders" that
come as well as "camp dependents" (children of staff members and leaders),
that brings the number to over 350 for a week.
The program areas are set up to appeal to the different Cub levels and give
the boys an opportunity to complete some of the requirements for electives
and achievements. The Webelos Aquanaut is the only achievement pin that can
be fully earned at camp. The various program areas are Whittles & Vittles
where outdoor survival and out door cooking is taught and where a Cub can
earn his Whittling Chip. Camp Fire Magic, which was new last year, is where
Cub Scout Songs are taught, as well as skits, walk ons, jokes and stories.
Nature Lodge has a variety of Science, Forestry and Naturalist activities
(my 7 year old had a blast there). Craft Lodge, where the boys do various
crafts to take home. Archery and BB Gun (this is the only place Cub Scouts
are allowed to earn their BB Gun Belt Loop in Katahdin Council). Waterfront
for general swimming, swimming lessons, rowboats and canoes. Plus Webelos
can do wood working, Webelos I go on a day hike and Webelos II go on an over
night hike. My oldest son went the summer he graduated from Tiger Cubs to
Bobcat/Wolves. He is a veteran of 4 years at Cub Camp and had his first
experience this past summer at KSR at Boy Scout Camp (made it year #5 for
him). He loves it there. My younger son (the 7 year old) will be the only
"veteran" of our Pack to go back next summer as he was the only Bobcat/Wolf
to go (the others were Webelos II).
Katahdin Area Council is the largest geographical council east of the
Mississippi, so it isn't feasible to have a day camp sinec we are so spread
out. It takes me about 3 1/2 hours to get to KSR from here and there are
other units as much as 1 1/2 hours further north of me.
I don't think it's necessary to build a "theme" camp for Cub Scouts, just
revolve the program around a theme and go from there. The one thing to
remember as far as meals, is to make sure you have a head cook that
understands that the meals need to be geared to the tastes of 7-11 year old
boys, who do not like strong tasting foods.
If done right, you can have an excellent program that is great opportunity
for Cub Scouts to experience outdoor camping similiar to what the Boy Scouts
experience and just might give them the motivation to stick with Scouting.
If you want more info, please e-mail me privately and I will give you names
of people to contact directly in our council.
I was asked to be staff at camp next year half way through my week at camp
:). I had a very rough week (it can be very hard on the adult leaders, trust
me) but I quess I must have done everything right (I had a "lost camper",
long story.....). It's a lot of hard work, but it's worth it when you see
the great big smiles and hear the stories of ego boosting accomplishments
from tired (and yes not the cleaniest looking boys) at the end of the week.
Cubmaster, Pack 168, Presque Isle, ME e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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