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Cub Scouts figure out Who Done It

Date Posted: 2004-07-16

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, OKINAWA, Japan — All 10 Cub Scout packs from the Great Okinawa District participated in several activities during their “Who Done It?”-themed Okinawa Cub Scout Resident Camp here June 22-25.

“Cub Scout Resident Camp is the one chance for the Cub Scouts to participate in a multiple-night, themed camping experience,” said Michael Seiber, senior district executive. “The camp is based on a general theme and most of the activities, crafts and campfires are based on that theme.”

There were 87 scouts, 29 den guides and 20 volunteer youth and adult staff participating in the event. There were activities for everyone during the campout.

“The campouts give Cub Scouts an opportunity to get out of their normal meeting areas and try new things,” Seiber said. “Some of the activities will count toward their next rank advancements.”

“Archery and BBs were the best part of camp,” said Gabe Hammock, 9, a Boston native and member of pack 115. “It’s exciting to shoot them, and we all liked it a lot.”

The crime prevention, forensics, codes and mystery solving activities were all centered on the “Who Done It?” theme of the outing.

“These kinds of activities are obviously not going to be the favorites,” said Carrie Meverden, Cub Scout program director for the Great Okinawa District. “They are still fun for (the Scouts) to take part in even if, while they’re (participating), they’re talking about when they got to shoot the arrows.”

Scouts also used craft kits to create and paint individual crafts.

“Woodcraft was fun,” said Josh Pinau, 9, Kaysville, Utah native and pack 117 member. “We made a Tic-Tac-Toe board inside a wood box.”

They also they glued dirt, rocks and other items onto paper to create pictures of natural scenery.

Scouts honed their memorization skills by playing Kim’s Game. They inspected at least one dozen objects on a table for one minute. After the items were covered, each scout was challenged to write on paper as many details as he could remember about the items.

“Kim’s Game makes the scouts pay attention to what they’re looking at,” Meverden said. “The game helps them learn good techniques for remembering what’s important.”

The scouts also learned to whittle using a pocketknife.

“The Whittling Chip is a card Cub Scouts earn when they have demonstrated they know how to properly and safely handle a pocketknife,” Meverden said.

Camp “Who Done It?” was almost cancelled due to inclement weather conditions, but started only one day late instead, thanks to Marines and sailors aboard Camp Schwab, explained Jay Farmer, chairman of the Great Okinawa District.

“Colonel (Drew A.) Bennett, (former Camp Schwab camp commander) provided the scouts with a barracks after their tents were taken down in preparation for the storm,” Farmer said. “Marines and sailors from 3rd Medical Battalion also set up tents that were needed for camping activities.”

The campout was an enriching experience for the scouts. They were eager to learn and get things done, explained aquatics instructor Ashley Park.

“This and other campouts of the sort give the scouts a chance to get together and have some fun while learning and earning awards that can only be received from district run camps,” Meverden said.

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