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Cubs travel back in time to the Roundtable

CD Bishop, age 8, steadies his bow as instructor Andy Kubik gives him some last second instructions. Bishop really enjoyed camp. “I like the gun range the best but I like archery too. I just wish it was a little cooler”, he said of his experience at camp. Photo by Christie Slocum

Last week at the Walterboro Elks Lodge, Pack 686 (the Colleton County Cub Scouts) held its annual Twilight Camp and recruitment drive on June 15-19. The weeklong event, open to all boys ages 7 and up, saw the grounds of the Elks Lodge transformed into a working castle and roundtable atmosphere. The roundtable was originally meant to be round showing that not one person was in charge but that the unit worked together as a group. The boys who attended were able to learn a new skill at every stop. On one of the hottest afternoons of the year so far, you could hear pellet guns pop and click at a full target range up near the camps main entrance. Close by, other campers were honing their archery skills with bows and arrows as they practiced hitting their targets. At the next stop, boys were able to learn to tie about any kind of knot they could dream of thanks to “Sure Knot Merrill”. He also taught whittling at this stop, as campers carved on sweet potatoes with wooden knives they had also made during the twilight camp. Campers were also given homework. They had to whittle the shape of a shield out of a small block of wood while at home with a parent. Campers who successfully completed this task placed the shield on a necklace and received their bear claw badge in exchange. Thankfully, campers were also given an opportunity to cool off in the pool as temperatures soared to 104 degrees in the afternoons. This year the camp drew around 50 boys per day.

Christie Slocum (216 Posts)