CAMP VERDE - The motto of the Cub Scouts is Do Your Best.
For three days, the motto may have been Do Your Best and Have Fun.
Cub Scouts from across central Arizona assembled June 6-8 for the Verde Valley Cub Scout Day Camp, held at the home of Perry and Judy Haddon of Camp Verde. The Haddons' home, on 17 acres, is an ideal site for the annual day camp, according to Perry Haddon.
"It's always a pleasure," he said of having the annual day camp at the family's home. "It's a little payback for being a scout when I was little."
The scouts learned new skills and trained in activities such as language, archery, outdoor survival, first aid skills, science and crafts. The scouts also learn how to fish, thanks to Jim Hisrich, the Haddons' neighbor, who allows the day campers to use his property's pond for catch-and-release fishing. The scouts participated in 10 activities each day, 14 different activities in all.
And the children had fun.
Eight-year-old Nick Fox of Cornville, one of 103 boys at the day camp, said he "saw a rabbit and a lot of birds. And I saw a cardinal and a blue jay ... "
"I am learning how to take care of myself if I am ever lost," said 8-year-old Carlos Lattanzi of Sedona. "I am learning how to use a bow and a BB gun."
According to 9-year-old Alyziah Shapiro of Cornville, the scavenger hunt was his favorite activity.
"And it was so fun to do ultimate soccer and fishing," Shapiro added. "And we did crawdad fishing yesterday. At the last minute, I caught a crawdad."
"Camp gives the kids life skills, values, self-esteem, learning experiences they can grow on, to bring to their daily lives," day camp director Sharon Turner said. "It's awesome. It helps the kids in their scout advancements, helps them learn about each other, and gives them the foundation for being good citizens."
For three days, the scouts lived on a set schedule from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with most activities lasting 30 minutes, including their lunch break. The children rotated through their morning activities before arriving at their 11:45 a.m. lunch, which also included presentations and skits by the campers.
According to Turner, the day camp relies on its many volunteers, many whom are parents of the scouts.
"These volunteers have done a good job, stepping up and helping," Turner said.
Ryan Kurowski, a parent-volunteer with Camp Verde Cub Scouts Den 7193, manned the day camp's ultimate Frisbee station. Kurowski spoke of the "importance of teamwork and camaraderie" at the camp.
"We get to do archery and many other fun activities," 9-year-old Shane Robinson said while fishing. Robinson, of Camp Verde, said archery was his favorite activity of the day camp. He also said that before attending the day camp, he had never been fishing. "I'd also never shot a BB gun."
Showing happiness with being at the day camp, one group sang a song while making crafts:
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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Tomorrow’s Leaders & Role Models
To see more good stories about our youth has a very positive effect on our communities!
There are way too many examples of our youth getting in trouble and sometimes I strongly believe the lack of a two parent families, for decades, has and is taking its toll.
The Camp Verde Bugle and Verde Independents effort to report more stories about youth groups leaders that are producing our future “role models and leaders” is very welcomed news.
The American Heritage Academy in Camp Verde, Cottonwood Boys & Girls Club and the Cottonwood LDS Boy Scout Troop are three groups that I am very aware of and I know there are many other groups.
A few days ago I stopped and thanked the church group that was working on a sidewalk, out in the heat, on 6th Street in Cottonwood. These are the type of youth groups we need to routinely recognize. Stopping to thanks them took less than 10 minutes and I hope leaves a lasting impression.