This past Friday and Saturday, more than 70 total Cub Scouts and family members--including many Scouts new to Pack 54--gathered at the Timber Hill Park at Rentschler Forest Preserve for the Pack 54 June Campout. The festivities kicked off with a tale of dragon lore by Blue Flame Patrol's Den Leader, Mr. Beorn. The opening included a spectacular sight as a dragon's scale burst into flames and the campfire roared to life. Scouts and their families then enjoyed many entertaining songs and skits performed by other scouts, leaders and family members. In fact, we had more families sign up to perform skits than in any other time in Pack 54 history, and as we were leaving on Saturday afternoon, many Scouts and family members were talking about researching and practicing skits for the August Pack Campout. You won't want to miss it! The campfire activity also included a flag retirement ceremony led by Mr. Hodgeman, and we're proud to report that the Scouts carried out their duties with reverence.
On Saturday morning, we awoke to the reveille bugle call and quickly assembled for a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs. After breakfast, uniformed members of the Blue Flame Patrol and the Webelos I den hoisted the flag and led us in the pledge of allegiance. Then, each den participated in activities appropriate for their age level, ranging from hiking and shooting sling shots to throwing home-made lawn darts and learning about knife safety, as well as many other fun events. For lunch, we enjoyed a quick meal of hot dogs, chips and bug juice, and the Webelos dens even allowed their Cubmaster to redeem himself for his poor campfire-song performance of the previous night. Following another couple hours of fun activities, the colors were retired, and in true Scouting spirit, we made sure to Leave No Trace by ending the day with a walk through the fields and campsites to collect any trash that may have been left behind by ourselves and others who came before us.
Throughout the weekend Scouts in all dens had the opportunity to earn advancement and belt loops, make new friends, learn new campfire songs and enjoy camping in the beautiful outdoors. Thanks to everyone who helped organize and carry out this great event, and a special thanks to our Camping Chair, Mr. Moody, for organizing the events and coordinating the meals.
Do a Good Turn Daily... Leave No Trace... and we'll see you around the campfire!