Pirate fun is plentiful at Cub Scout day camp

Published 9:40 am Saturday, July 4, 2009

Ahoy, maties!

Seventy-five Cub Scouts in kindergarten through fifth grade gathered at Edgewater Park June 25 and 26 for the annual Cub Scout day camp.

The event, with the theme “Pirates of the Seven Seas,” brought in Scouts from Albert Lea, Austin, New Ulm, Kiester and Wells in the Twin Valley Council, as well as other cities.

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At the camp, Scouts visited 10 stations where they could do outdoor and pirate-related activities.

They made pirate ships, learned about eye patches, archery, fishing, slingshots and more. They got made up like pirates with bandanas, fake beards and mustaches, jewelry and tattoos. There were other activities designed with science, fun and safety in mind.

The Fountain Lake Sportsmen’s Club had members on hand to help with the fishing. Doug Raney from the Science Museum of Minnesota led an exercise in eye patches. Those helping in other areas were trained volunteers or leaders, said Brian Ehlert of Bricelyn, program director.

Ehlert said Cub Scout day camp is one activity Scouts look forward to each year.

“It’s fun for the kids to come with their pack and parent,” Ehlert said.

Edgewater Park is a good location for the camp, Ehlert said, because groups travel in a circle to take part in the various 20-minute activities.

Sixty-five Cub Scouts also took part in the Fun with Son camp, which is an overnight event.