12th St. Albert Cubs had an amazing youth-planned and led camp this spring at Camp Ernest Poole! Trying out Canadian Path youth-led, Scouters put the Cubs into planning mode about a month before their March camp. Cubs came up with wild ideas like “a dance party”, “a huge hike”, and “ice-fishing!” We considered what skills we’d like to develop and we chose saw and ax. The huge hike turned into a multi-skill event incorporating orienteering with map and compass, hiking and climbing to our destination, building a fire, and cooking our lunch. “Finally! I’ve wanted to do that forever!” said one of the Cubs. Instead of the usual archery they’ve done at that campground, they tried sling shots. It was a bullseye!
They also planned the menu with pop tarts, s’mores, and bacon. Together we were able to balance the menu with some healthy options and some campfire cooking. The Cubs broke into lairs to choose their own songs, skits, and cheers for an evening campfire. Scouters even coached a Howler to be campfire chief. He did a fantastic job!
You can’t plan for all the fun. The Cubs were surprised with a sighting of white tail deer. Coyotes could be heard in the evening and parts of the afternoon and left signs on the trail. The sunny weather also created a large stream of melting run-off on the climb. It created a tiny “water-fall” that was exciting and challenging to climb. With lots of encouragement and tying ropes, the Cubs were able to climb up with thrills and smiles galore.
The Cubs agreed it was probably the best camp yet! How could it not be – they planned it!
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