Boys experience Scout camp

CANFIELD – Boys entering fourth and fifth grades this fall were able to see what scouting is all about as part of the annual four-day summer Webelos Scout Resident Camp held at Camp Stambaugh.

Brandon West, district director for Greater Western Reserve Boy Scout Council Arrowhead District, said the many activities at the camp were tailored to the Webelos who in a year or two will transition to Boy Scouts.

The theme this year was American Indian heritage.

“The scouts take part in a variety of activities learning new skills including setting up tepees and helping at the campfire,” West said.

More than 125 youth from Mahoning, Ashtabula, Portage, Geauga and Trumbull counties, including from Girard, Cortland and Newton Falls, took part in archery and BB ranges, swimming and snorkling in the pool and hiking in the wooded areas.

The Webelos program allows boys to learn a variety of skills to better prepare them for becoming Boy Scouts. Swimming, archery and target practice with BB guns are three main staples.

West said boys could concentrate on activity pins in the categories of outdoorsman, showman, aquanaut, forester, naturalist and geologist.

He said for Scouts younger than fourth grade, there is a first-time campers program where boys spend one night and day at the camp to see what scouting is like.

As the boys become older, they learn new skills and activities of scouting.

Members of Pack 50 were learning different skills.

Evan Davies said he found everything to be fun.

“I can’t decide what my favorite thing was. I liked it all. It was fun to try new things,” Davies said as he was at the archery range.

Glenn Tolliver said he liked swimming and hiking and the good breakfasts.

“The food is good here,” he said.

Tolliver said it was fun to hike what he called “Dead Man’s Mountain” on Eagle Trail.

“The hike was not too long,” he said.

Dakota Tolley said what he enjoyed the most was diving and snorkling for the beeds in the pool as part of the aquanaut program.

Seth Totten had been to the camp two years ago and liked getting free time to swim in the pool.

Nathan Rock said he likes learning new skills such as BB and target shooting.

Each group would go to a different station throughout the weekend.

Bud Bower, a Scout Reach Para-Professional and camp director, said the program’s main goals are to make it easier for the youngsters to transition to being Boy Scouts, as well as to instill in them important life lessons.

Jason Wolf, executive director of the Greater Western Reserve Council, said some of the skills the boys learn will cross over when they become scouts at age 11 and 12.