“Sound off! One, two! Sound off! Three Four!” It was all chants, checkered flags and Cub Scouts at Wildwood Park last week for the Wide World of Racing camp.
Campers at the Kiokee District’s camp spent their days shooting BB guns, putting together race cars donated by The Home Depot, fishing, canoeing and working on their marbles skills.
Dawn Langley-Brady, in her seventh year as camp director, said the camp is a week full of activities that emphasize the core values of scouting: citizenship, compassion, cooperation, courage, faith, health and fitness, honesty, perseverance, positive attitude, resourcefulness, respect, and responsibility.
“It’s getting back to the basics of what it means to be a good human being,” she said. “You preserve what you can, you’re thrifty, cheerful, reverent, all the Boy Scout values. We call it fun with a purpose. We teach them to be more self-sufficient and respect one another.”
Scouts not only participated in mental and physical activities, but also had the chance to earn belt loops while doing it. Belt loops, Langley-Brady said, are like mini-merit badges for Cub Scouts.
Campers could earn seven to 12 belt loops for things like archery, music and science. Everyone leaves with belt loops, Langley-Brady said, because camp participation is all inclusive.
“No one will sit on the bench because they’re not good enough,” she said. “Everybody participates and everybody gets awards for doing their best. ”
Andrew Cross, 8, said this was his second year coming to camp and as he finished taping together a piece for his marble maze, he wrapped up the experience in one sentence.
“This is one of the best weeks of my life,” he said.