Pack 6 Family Campout
Richard L. Axtman (axtman@CASTLE.DRC.COM)
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 08:43:28 -0400
Hello Friends and Fellow Cub Scouters,
As some of you may remember I told you a while back that I was
planning a Cub Scout Pack "Family Campout." Well, we had it this
past weekend. It's a long story so I'll try to keep it short.
It was 2 nights/3 days of camping, hiking, fishing, games, songs,
skits, stories and sports. My Cubs and their families will long
remember the fun they had at this outing. The camping trip was a
one-on-one outing, which means a parent or guardian had to camp
with their own children. It was open to ALL members, (Tiger Cubs
through Webelos), of Pack 6 and their family members. It was held at
"Camp Carpenter" owned by the Daniel Webster Council, which is an
Official Cub Scout Overnight Camp, located in Manchester, New
Hampshire. We also invited two other guest Cub Scout Packs, Pack 56
from Wilmington, Massachusetts and Pack 26 from Lowell, Massachusetts
to participate at our Campout, so they too enjoyed the fun and excitement.
We arrived on Friday night and setup camp. That night we visited
the Scout Leaders/Traders who were setting up the Annual Scout
Trade-O-Ree, where dealers and collectors of Scouting memorabilia
come from all over the US to trade and sell items. Afterward we
returned to camp and had a campfire, hot chocolate and snacks.
On Saturday, we started off the day's events with a morning Fishing
Derby on the camp's pond. The Derby winner caught an 18 inch
largemouth bass. After this we took a hike around the camp to see
all the summer camp facilities, visited the Camp Carpenter Scouting
Museum and their Scouting Library, played in their full size wooden
Cavalry Fort called "Fort Friendship", which took them a year
to build for their overnight summer camp program. What a fantastic
fort, all post-and-beam construction, it's is right out of the old west,
the kids and adults loved it. Then we went to the opening of the
Trade-O-Ree. The families got a first hand look at a huge selection
of items from Scouting's history that were on display and many of
them bought great old vintage Scouting collectibles at the Trade-O-Ree.
After lunch we headed to the camp's sports field where we taught
everyone how to play "Ultimate," (a Frisbee game). After Ultimate,
we had a baseball contest, which consisted of; 1) who could
throw a baseball the farthest, 2) who could hit the most balls
before being struck out and 3) who could run the bases the fastest
while being timed with a stopwatch. After the baseball contest we
broke the group up into two teams and played a baseball game.
Saturday night we had a huge council campfire and presented award
ribbons and medals to all the cubs, leaders and family members that
had won sporting events during the day. I also presented the dens
of my Pack with the "National Summertime Award" that we had earned
this summer. We also presented each Cub and Leader with a Camp
Carpenter camping patch to wear on their uniform. After the many
awards we told sang songs, told Ghost Stories and jokes. Everyone,
Leaders and children, took turns sharing their favorite ones.
As a result of what we did on this campout we will be presenting
the Cubs with belt loops for "Ultimate," "Baseball" and "Fishing"
at our next Pack meeting.
If you haven't taken a Cub Scout Pack "Family Camping" yet you
don't know what your missing. Team up with a couple of other Packs
and make it even better, like we did. Everyone went home smiling
and looking forward to the next time we go into the great outdoors.
Until next time...
Best In Scouting To You,
Cubmaster, Pack 6
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City