Archive for Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Cub Scouts attend week-long camp

June 18, 2003

Austin Kraus' first time at Cub Scout Day Camp was a week he won't be forgetting soon.

"I've had a good time this week," 8-year-old Kraus said. "It's been a lot of fun."

Austin, and nearly 60 other Baldwin Cub Scouts, joined around 300 other Douglas County Cub Scouts at the Douglas County Fairgrounds last week for the annual day camp.

This year's theme was "The Adventures of Cub Man." The four Baldwin Cub Scout packs attended five super-hero themed activities a day, such as making power bead bracelets and capes and drawing comic books. Other activities also included archery, cooking and science experiments.

Austin said he enjoyed most of the activities throughout the week, but he was really looking forward to Friday afternoon when the Scouts were hosed down by the Lawrence Fire Department.

Sherri Myers, a camp volunteer, said the Scouts really seemed to enjoy the activities.

"The kids just have so much fun," Myers said. "Each year just keeps getting better."

Staying with the super-hero theme, campers added a piece to their costumes at each activity.

"By the end of camp, they have their whole super-hero costume," she said.

But the activities weren't just about having fun and making costumes. She said they were designed to teach them life skills.

"They teach them to relate to their surroundings," she said. "I think that's really the philosophy of Scouts.

"And each child, while they're having fun, they're also earning points toward their rank advancements."

Natasha Thomas, a volunteer who led a Baldwin pack, said she thought the Scouts were getting a lot out of the week's activities.

"I think they're learning to cooperate and work together as a group," Thomas said.

"It's been a ton of fun and, in the process, a learning event," she said.

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