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Cool activities on cool days (Cub Scouts)
Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Review ^ | GENTRY BRASWELL

Posted on 12/29/2007 5:50:36 AM PST by SandRat

FORT HUACHUCA — Cub Scouts braved the cold weather Thursday and Friday at the lower Garden Canyon picnic area for winter day camp.

Eleven packs of Cub Scouts from throughout the Catalina Council’s Cochise District participated. Activities and workshops included first aid training, color guard/flag-handling training, astronomy, sports, crafts, hiking, outdoor lore and a BB-gun shooting range.

A first aid station staffed by a U.S. Army medic was available, just in case.

“We’re very fortunate to have this facility,” said day camp director Ken Robinson. “We use this area quite a bit in Scouting. It’s really a good place to have it.”

The Garden Canyon picnic area is administrated by Fort Huachuca’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation office.

The winter day camp this season was a success despite the cold, but the weather was arguably worse last year, Robinson said.

“It’s been chilly out here,” he said. “What you’re going to get from the kids is that they were cold. But it is winter. Last year it snowed on us.”

Wolf-ranked Cub Scout Aydan Allred of Pack 437 said the weather taught him a lesson in preparedness — which is appropriate since the motto of the Boy Scouts is “Be Prepared.”

“Yesterday I wasn’t prepared,” Allred said. “Today is good, I’m just missing my hat.”

The Scout said his favorite day camp event was the “space derby,” which is a kind of local spin-off from the worldwide scouting tradition of the “Pinewood Derby.”

His friend, Rikor Bartlett, of the Pack 455 Webelos, said he was prepared for the cold Thursday, and even more so prepared for it Friday.

“Yeah, I was prepared. And today I’m pretty much more prepared. I have a third shirt,” Bartlett said.

Bartlett said his favorite activity at winter camp was the shooting range, and said his marksmanship is getting better.

Their wolf-ranked buddy Aaron Wallace of Pack 437 also preferred the shooting activity, as well as the first aid training. Some first aid he learned included cold-weather survival.

“About how to keep your body warm when you don’t have the right clothes,” Wallace said.

The winter camp range master was Boy Scout Troop 408 Scoutmaster John Tooley, who, like all Scouting range masters, is trained to do so in compliance with national Scouting standards.

He minded the boys to make sure their muzzles were not pointed anywhere except down range.

There is an annual summer day camp as well for the Cochise District.

The next Scouting event to be held in Garden Canyon picnic area will be the district Rendezvous in April, at which the Order of the Arrow call-out will occur.

REPORTER Gentry Braswell can be reached at 515-4680.


TOPICS: Education; Hobbies; Military/Veterans; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: activities; arizona; cold; cubscouts; fun; huachuca
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Steven Wilson of Cub Scout Pack 445 steadies himself before firing a BB at a target during the Cochise District Cub Scout Winter Day Camp on Friday in Garden Canyon on Fort Huachuca. Cub Scout packs from throughout the area enjoyed a cold day of fun and adventure. (Ed Honda-Herald/Review)

1 posted on 12/29/2007 5:50:37 AM PST by SandRat
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To: RonF; AppauledAtAppeasementConservat; Looking for Diogenes; Congressman Billybob; Pan_Yans Wife; ...

A Good News Report on Scouting for a Change.


2 posted on 12/29/2007 5:52:58 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Yeay, Cub Scouts!!!

Pack 5/Den 5 Alum here :)


3 posted on 12/29/2007 7:04:51 AM PST by TonyRo76 (American by birth. Patriot by choice. Christian by grace.)
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To: TonyRo76

This was front page, above the fold, feature photo and article.


4 posted on 12/29/2007 7:22:37 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Shooting sports bump from two year cub scout day camp shooting sports director here. BB gun belt loop and firearm safety for kids. Bet you this kid knows what to do when one of his friends wants to play with a gun: 1 say no! 2 leave 3 tell an adult 4 go back and tell you friends parent. May we educate more so that someday no children will be hurt playing with firearms. PS someone needs to check that kids eye dominance and make sure he’s set up properly. Looks like he’s sighting with his left eye but it may just be the camera angle.


5 posted on 12/29/2007 2:47:59 PM PST by scottteng (Proud parent of a new Life scout.)
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I think it was the camera angle.


6 posted on 12/29/2007 3:50:10 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: scottteng; SandRat
I think he IS crossed up, but it's probably because he doesn't have a good cheek weld.

Bet that metal receiver was C-O-L-D!

7 posted on 12/29/2007 6:20:46 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Yep!


8 posted on 12/30/2007 6:27:33 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
I have recent personal experience, shooting Cowboy Action with a repro Win 92 with that nice metal strip right down the top of the stock . . . on a cold December day!

Fortunately I brought a nice warm poncho . . . looked kinda like Clint Eastwood, if Clint Eastwood were female and were wearing Indian hairpipes . . . . all the good female cowboy names were taken, so I'm a female Crow Indian scout.

9 posted on 12/30/2007 6:34:55 AM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: AnAmericanMother

“Dark Dove” you are too cool.


10 posted on 12/30/2007 6:55:28 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
Thank heaven I'm a brunette, with some rumored Cherokee in the family tree . . . a blonde Indian WOULD look silly!

Once I get my buckskin war shirt finished (I'm sewing it by hand, from scratch, with deer sinew, and beading and fringing it myself) I'll get somebody at one of the shoots to take a picture. I'm just about done beading my trade-cloth leggings, just have to put the buckskin ties down the back of the leg and wrap the bottom edge.

Right now I'm wearing an old-timey shirt and a buckskin cowboy jacket, along with a tall crown "Blackfoot" hat and jeans. Just a little bit at a time!

Nope, the old timey guys didn't use a Weaver stance, but that's the best way for me to hit what I'm pointing at!

11 posted on 12/30/2007 11:26:13 AM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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