Re: Summertime Pack Activities
Sat, 4 Apr 1998 23:05:10 -0500
Hello, here are some ideas that we have used in the past and hope to repeat
some of them this summer.
Each June we plan a hike. Usually in a nearby State Park. So far we have
managed all but the most difficult trail. We invite the whole family
including little brothers and sisters. We try to make each year's hike just
a little different by making one a nature type scavenger hunt where we write
down or draw what we have seen but not carry it out of the woods. One year
we planned out very short games or contests to try with each den with thier
leaders based on the requirements they were working on.
Last year we took a trip to the Air National Guard Base in nearby Charleston
WV, the officers and airmen could not have been more helpful in setting up
the tour. The boys were able to sit in the cockpit of aC-130 transport,
jump out of the plane as the paratroopers do "1 1/2 feet off the ground".
They even staged a training exercise for thier base military police force
and a demonstration from the base fire dept.
We also will schedule a pack overnighter along with our day camp. Family
camp is something our council has promoted for the last two years and keeps
One of my favorite trips was last year we visited the West Virginia Veterns
Memorial and our State Capitol. I called ahead and arranged a tour of our
capitol and asked permission to leave a wreath at the Veterns Memorial.
Before entering the Memorial with the wreath we took just a moment to
explain what the memorial stood for and why this place deserves thier
repect. The boys were very well behaved and the moment of silence we
observed was shared by a small handful of tourists and (as we later found
out) the director of the Memorial. We did not know that he would be thier,
he was thier with some out of town guests and while we were there he snapped
a few pictures of our boys. A few weeks later we were suprised to recieve a
small photo album that he had mounted the photos in along with a note
thanking the boys for thier reverence to the Memorial.
I should have been more to the point but our summer programs have gotten
many more of our fathers involved that I have tried to promote these types
of activities more.
Cubmaster Pack 289 Madison WV
Asst. Scoutmaster Troop 85 Foster WV
scarlett wrote in message <352446B1.10C5@bellatlantic.net>...
>I'm new to the list and would like some help. We need to plan our
>activities for the Summertime Pack Award and we need some NEW ideas.
>Any suggestions? (You can e-mail me directly at email@example.com)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City