It was a chilly spring morning and I could tell it was raining up the canyon at camp when we left. But the threat didn’t hold us back and when we got there the staff turned out to be rain-or-shine guys, so we jumped right into their program.
Our first station was BB guns. What an amazing way to start the day, even in the rain. After a moment or two of instruction the boys were firing their their rifles, then squealing in delight when retrieving their targets, and showing each other how close they were to the bull’s eye.
Soaking from laying on the shooting range carpets, the boys jumped up to move right next-door to archery. I didn’t know that these Webelos could be more excited than they were at BBs, but archery turned out to be just that. Both stations had some safety instruction, but got right into the fun of shooting.
However, among all the activities, it was archery that hit the bull’s eye for top choice. Our Scouts could not stop talking about their archery conquests all the rest of the day.
The next station was “Build it.” There were power tools, hammers, screw drivers and cutting to make small tic-tac-toe game boards. I had no idea how much help 10-year olds need to saw, drill, and screw things, but eventually we got the job done. The games were nifty, little projects that passed off a whole variety of requirements.
Finally the sun broke through for lunch. The boys made short order of the food and were quickly off to the camp trading post to spend every dime they had with them, me included. I could not resist the sling shot with a bear head carved into the handle.
In the afternoon we did some Leave No Trace training, leaned how to tie some knots. and took a short first responder course. There we learned to use three Cs to help hurt people:
- give Care
- Call for help
Then we practiced on Bob the armless and legless CPR mannequin; the kids loved it all.
Buckhollow is one of the Council’s quietly kept secrets at the end of the Hobble Creek’s left fork. The drive is just 7½ miles from Springville, but feels remote for sure. This place is a great transition for Webelos Scouts who have attended Jeremiah Johnson Cub Scout Day Camp, Most Webelos are ready for more rugged day camping than Cub Scouts and Buck Hollow is a great introduction to outdoor adventure in Scouting.
There is still some space left, but they fill fast, so hurry.
Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA