Cub scouts solve ‘mystery’ at park

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Members of the Cub Scout Talakto Pack are not about to let a little rain get in their way.

More than 300 of the pack’s scouts descended on Oak Mountain State Park last week for their annual Day Camp, with all of the boys involved in this year’s camp hailing from Shelby County or the southern Jefferson County area.

Day camp director Steve Edsall said the camp was themed &uot;It’s A Mystery,&uot; and encouraged scouts to examine the world around them and learn environmental responsibility.

&uot;This is one of the major events we have each year for the scouts,&uot; Edsall said. &uot;Our first priority is for the boys to have fun, and the camp also helps them advance toward their next scout rank.&uot;

The scouts, ranging from 5 to 11 years old, rotated through a series of education and activity stations during the five-day event.

Stations included BB shooting, archery, field sports, nature, crafts, advancement and &uot;leave no trace.&uot;

Edsall said the &uot;leave no trace&uot; booth was new this year and helped scouts learn about environmental awareness.

&uot;One of the most important things we teach our scouts is taking care of the environment around them,&uot; he said. &uot; That’s a big part of this camp.&uot;

Keeping with the mystery theme, the scouts were treated to visits from the local SWAT team and area fire personnel.

&uot;We invited these groups in to give the scouts a real life example of people who work to preserve our environment,&uot; Edsall said.

By completing the day camp, scouts earned their &uot;Day Camp&uot; patch.

&uot;For the scouts, it’s really about getting this patch,&uot; Edsall said.

Thirty-five staff members of the Alabama Cub Scouts organization helped at the event, along with 75 volunteer scout parents who helped guide the packs throughout the event.

&uot;This event really helps the scouts prepare for their next rank,&uot; Edsall said. &uot;It also serves as a great character builder.