Thursday, January 22, 2009

Back to the Pack Campout - Part 1

I can't believe it is Thursday and I am just getting to writing about last weekend's campout. What happened to the week?
Last weekend Cub Scout Pack 220 held a "Back to the Pack" campout. The purpose of this campout is to get the new year started and to get the boys thinking about scouting after the long Christmas break.

This year we held the campout at Magnolia Park. A park/campground that is about 20 minutes away from where we hold our den meetings. It was nice and close to allow everyone to participate. It was a cool weekend, but we still had a good turnout. We had 25 campers the first night and 22 the second. We also had about 65 adults and children out for the day on Saturday to participate in all of the activities.

When I arrived at Magnolia Park on Friday afternoon I was greeted by two wild peacock's. It was really cool. They were very friendly and tame. They just milled around while we set up our campsite.

Saturday morning everyone got up at about 7:00 am. The pack leaders prepared a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and orange juice for all of the overnight campers and anyone who came out early for the day's activities.

After breakfast we had an opening flag ceremony and organized the kids for the morning activities. The cub scouts and their siblings were divided into two groups. While group one was playing flag football, group two was making a mosaic craft(see my Tackle It Tuesday post from last week). After one hour the groups switched places and completed the activity that they had not already done.

All of the kids really seemed to like the mosaic craft. They worked hard on it and really took their time. A few of the kids made something that they could bring home to their mom's. Others made something of interest to them. We had a few with flowers, a few with Pack 220 and a few with a Star Wars theme on them.

Here is what some of the finished projects looked like. Not to bad, and pretty creative. It turned out to be a great craft idea for the outdoors. The clean-up was easy, the mess wasn't bad, and the materials, if dropped on the ground, would not be harmful to the environment.

After the kids finished their craft projects and played flag football, it was time for lunch. All of the families were on their own for lunch. It was a nice time to talk and get to know each other a little bit better.

To be continued...

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