July 16, 2013
The Laurel District of the Cub Scouts wrapped up their three-day day camp Saturday following three days of fun in the sun.
Scouts got the chance to shoot archery and BB guns, do crafts, make boxcar spaceships to race, and play baseball and basketball while learning important lessons about what it means to be a Scout.
The camp ran from July 11 through July 13 and brought Scouts from Yadkin County, Elkin, State Road and Wilkes County to earn activity pins for their different stations throughout the day.
The camp was held in and around Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in State Road. Archery was set up behind the church in the field and crafts under a picnic shelter near the fellowship building.
Camp coordinator Sheri Spicer said the week had been a real success, and the children had participated in many activities.
“Our theme this year is ‘Galactic Trick.’ This is our second year holding the camp here at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. We are doing activities - our older kids, our Webelos One and Twos went swimming the first two days. We do archery, BB [gun shoots], baseball, basketball, we have lots of theme-related crafts. We teach the kids ‘leave no trace’ principles.”
Cub Scouts are the largest part of the entire Boy Scouts of America movement, which includes the Boy Scouts and Venturing. Boys ages 7 to 11 and a half are able to join, roughly first through fifth grade age levels.
Kids made space vehicles out of the boxcar kits cub Scouts typically hand make and race. They also made alien faces out of nails and other items placed in clay and hardened.
Scouts are also taught safe marksmanship practices through the BB gun shooting.
District Director Kevin Cheek said the event was a result of the hard work Spicer had put into it, along with the roughly 20 volunteers who helped throughout the camp.
“I am the support guy; I support what they do as volunteers. She spends a tireless number of hours working on our camp standards, and this morning we went through a national camp inspection, where the national camp inspector that was trained came and reviewed our camp to make sure that all the policies and procedures were followed, and we passed with flying colors,” Cheek said.
Scouts were smiling and laughing during all of the activities, getting a special kick out of the volunteers and counselors teaching them a song during lunch time.
“It’s been great, it’s been an awesome week. We’ve got a great group of kids, awesome volunteers - I just couldn’t have asked for the week to have been any better,” Spicer said.
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