Cub scouts enjoy summer camp

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The American flag wasn&8217;t the only one flying over Oak Mountain State Park last week.

More than 300 Cub Scouts from Shelby County descended on the park to attend &8220;A Race to Scouting Around the World&8221; day camp.

The first through fifth graders learned about world countries by submerging themselves into cultures by sampling native foods and studying landmarks.

&8220;I learned about Angel Falls and some of the things people eat,&8221; said Austin Roberts, a fifth-grader at Helena Intermediate School whose den looked at Venezuela.

Citizens of various countries including Mexico and Great Britain also spoke to the boys.

But camp wouldn&8217;t be camp without archery, BB gun ranges, sports and crafts.

&8220;I like shooting at targets. It makes me proud to hit it,&8221; said Austin.

After lunch each day, the scouts also had special presentations including a visit by the Pelham Fire Department, experiments on matter with the McWane Center, and a remote control helicopter show by the Alabaster Radio Control Association.

Finally, the boys learned about the outdoors.

&8220;Because scouting organizations are the largest consumers of outdoors days, it&8217;s important they learn to respect nature,&8221; said Steve Edsall, camp director.

This is the fifth-year that the Cub Scout day camp has been at Oak Mountain State Park, and both parents and children say it&8217;s a fun but busy way to spend the week.

&8220;At the end of the week if they aren&8217;t exhausted, then they haven&8217;t been at the camp,&8221; said Dan Givan, den leader