Local Cub Scouts finish up summer camp

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Cub Scouts Camden King, Remington Laidig and Clayton Hoch take directions from older scout Jesse (left) on how they will run an obstacle course while wearing mummy wraps during the Africa unit of Friday’s summer camp.
Photos by Joseph Hopper

Summer means summer camp for a lot of local children, including those involved in scouting programs. Local Cub Scout packs, which are part of the Thundercloud District, encompass eight northwest Iowa counties. These include Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, O’Brien, Osceola and Palo Alto counties. Some of the Cub Scouts of these packs, children aged 5 to 10, met in Spencer at Oneota park for Thundercloud District’s twilight camp, a summer camp taking place from 5:30-8:30 p.m., as opposed to the more traditional day camp.

Heather Forsythe, camp director, said the camp demonstrates a variety of activities and teaches scouts about different subjects. Friday’s theme was “passport to adventure,” and had scouts perform activities which are regionally inclined, such as mummy-wrapping for the African continent, building a boat to boat race for the European continent, and playing an Australian game similar to hacky-sack.

“This year, we’re hoping they learn a little bit about a different country,” Forsythe said. “My stations are run by older scouts that are in some type of venturing program (a co-ed scouting program established in 1998 for young adults aged 14-21) or the Boy Scouts. They’re getting community service hours, they just don’t realize it, they think they’re playing.”

Camp director Heather Forsythe (right) was challenged to a boat race with a handicap of her boat not having a sail, although she prevailed in the end.

A total of 23 scouts attended this year’s camp. This year’s iteration was also notable for being the first time for the district to host boy and girl Cub Scouts, after the national organization started allowing girls to join the Cub Scouts in June of 2018.

“We have our first girl in Cub Scouts at our camp, we welcome girls,” Forsythe said.

“We’re going co-ed and that’s a good thing,” camp medic Peter Morlock said.

Easier than it looks, keeping a soccer ball juggling between multiple scouts turned out to require quite a bit of concentration by the scouts attending the Australian unit at the week’s twilight summer camp.

Forsythe and Morlock said the labor of love required to conduct the camp is paid off by seeing the young scouts interact and learn.

“Watching the kids get some fellowship out of it, it’s nice seeing all of these different packs interact,” Forsythe said. “There’s very few things where we all kind of come together. I know some of them on the first day were saying, ‘Hey, you were here last year.’”

“They get to have some experiences here in camp,” Morlock said. “We had an archery range, a BB gun range, different guests throughout the week to talk about different things. I had my service dog here one night to talk about disability awareness, that’s fun too. Plus we get to be outside.”

Normally played by two people using one hand each, scouts and staff expanded a traditional game of “honor” to include five people at the Asia unit.
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