Cub Scouts gathered together at the American Fork Amphitheater this summer to engage in western-themed activities, each enriched with skill learning and adventure. The shady trees, lush green grass, and wonderful summer weather made the perfect spot to host a day camp.
Participants could weave their very own dream catchers. A gold panning station allowed the boys to pan for golden nuggets that later could be traded for a prize at the trading post. Athletics were tested on an obstacle course and little hands carved away at the whittling table. Archery, geology, weather, knots, first aid, BB gun shooting, compass learning, baseball, sling shots—you name it. All events were hands on and captured the attention of the Cub Scouts.
A special treat was planned for the day camp. Members of the police force, human and canine, came to demonstrate some of their tactics. They started off explaining how the dog is trained to find any illegal substances. The officer hid an example somewhere on the truck and asked the audience to let him know when they thought the dog had found the item. All was quiet when the dog began sniffing, and suddenly the dog stopped and sat right down. Astonished, “He found it!”‘s filled the air. But, that wasn’t all the dog could do. The next demonstration was the ‘human chew toy.’ Anticipation was heavy as the so-called ‘bad guy,’ in full protective gear, braced himself. Then, release! Boys and leaders gasped as the dog launched himself at the ‘criminal’ and latched onto his arm. What an impressive trick this dog could do! This was a great way for young boys to understand how animals work with humans and how they can help keep people safe.
Overall, the Cub Scout Day Camp was a success. Smiles were spread, friends were made, and skills were learned. These day camps are just a glimpse of what lessons the Scouting program has to offer, like building confidence, gaining life skills, and preparing to go on a mission. Check out the gallery below for a look into what a Cub Scout day is like!
Author: Maloree Anderson | is a photographer, graphic designer, mom of one, friend of Scouting and Marketing Specialist with the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America.