Cub Scout Tent Camp-out by Eric Trout
What is the first thing that you think of when someone mentions Cub Scouts? Adventurous boys, trying or learning something new, outdoors, hiking, and even camping are just a few things. We wrapped all of these activities into one cub scouting event, our first Cub Scout Tent Camp-out at Van Buren State Park. Fifteen Cub Scouts, eight leaders and parents attended our first tent camping trip with no electricity, running water or cabins. The cubs kept themselves busy most of the weekend with kickball, hiking at night and during the day, campfires and anything else they could invent to keep themselves entertained.
Due to the high temperatures on Saturday afternoon, most of the cubs were easily willing to participate in a water balloon fight. Before the first balloon was thrown, the boys were told they had to throw at least one balloon at the Cub master. I think each of the cubs threw more than one balloon at him. A lot of boys got wet and cooled down that afternoon.
Most of the meals were prepared by the den leaders, but the cubs had to cook it themselves. They had everything from “Baggy Omelets” for breakfast to “pizza pies” for supper.
Not everything that weekend went according to plan, but it was defiantly a learning experience for all that attended, especially the leaders and parents.
I hope all of the Cub Scouts, and a couple of “honorary cub scout” sisters who attended, enjoyed their first group tent camping experience. I would like to thank all of the den leaders and parents who attended and helped prepare for the camp, as well as the two Boy Scouts that helped lead during weekend activities.
Eric Trout, Cub Master Pack #372