The Cub Scout Day Camp, held this week at Austintown Township Park and Kent State at Trumbull in Champion, has allowed boys in first to fifth grades to experience what Scouting is about.
Elliott Kazimer, one of the camp program directors, said the Scouts take part in crafts, games, sporting activities and nature programs.
''Boys not ready for the camps where they spend the whole week away from home can attend the shorter day camp which starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. This way they become more aware of what takes place at camp and become accustomed to being at a camp,'' Kazimer said.
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Logan Nott, 8, of Champion, pulls arrows from the bullseye at Cub Scout Day Camp at Kent State Trumbull in Champion.
He said the Scouts come to camp each day outfitted for a day of exploration. There are outdoor, age-appropriate activities in the Austintown park and the Kent campus.
The Greater Western Reserve Boy Scout Council, which serves several counties including Mahoning and Trumbull, is hosting Cub Scout packs from Canfield, Girard, Niles and Poland at Austintown Township Park. Scouts from Champion, Cortland, Howland, Masury, McDonald, Newton Falls and Warren are at Kent- Trumbull.
''It's an exciting and fun week for all involved,'' Kazimer said.
The Scouts spend time at different stations that include air rifle shooting and archery, crafts, science and physical fitness.
Joey Clark of Warren said his favorite activity has been archery.
''That's what has been the most fun is trying to hit the bullseye,'' he said.
Agreeing with him was Jimmy Rollison of Howland. The two were among the Scouts listening to their instructor on how to properly aim their bow and arrow at the bullseye.
Rollison said it was his mom's idea to sign him up for the camp, and he is glad she did.
Darren Yahnert of Champion said he was more interested in the sling shots.
Camp instructor Colin Morgan of Champion said many of the Scouts also enjoyed shooting their marshmallow blow guns at paper plate targets.