Campout combines fun, community

Members of the Webelo den, (l–r) Michael Fox, Jim Woodard and Jason Andrus, prepare a flag for retirement.

PATRIOTIC—Members of the Webelo den, (l–r) Michael Fox, Jim Woodard and Jason Andrus, prepare a flag for retirement.

 

Enjoying their initiation into the Polar Cub Club are (front, l–r) Sean McLellan, Gavin Woodard; (middle) Jake Carlson, Jimmy Helm, David Fetterman, Nate Triesenburg; (back) Bill Helm and Matt Fetterman.

B-R-R—Enjoying their initiation into the Polar Cub Club are (front, l–r) Sean McLellan, Gavin Woodard; (middle) Jake Carlson, Jimmy Helm, David Fetterman, Nate Triesenburg; (back) Bill Helm and Matt Fetterman.

Crestwood’s Cub Scout Pack 3285 finished their Pack year with an overnight campout at Camp Roger in May. The event, attended by 26 Scouts plus their adult partners, combined skill-building, community service, teamwork and adventure into a fun-filled weekend.

 

For many of the kids, this was their first time camping. Younger Scouts stayed in cabins and the older Webelo Scouts set up their own tent sites. Sessions in orienteering, archery and building were available to the group. In addition, Scouts and their partners took advantage of the beautiful weather by hiking the many trails, and boating and fishing on Little Bostwick Lake.

 

Scouts Jimmy Helm and Sean McLellan enjoy dinner cooked over the campfire.

YUM—Scouts Jimmy Helm and Sean McLellan enjoy dinner cooked over the campfire.

 

Members of Den 2 take aim during an archery lesson.

EYE ON THE TARGET—Members of Den 2 take aim during an archery lesson.

Following a traditional campfire cookout and sing-a-long, the Scouts retired 33 American flags that were donated by community members.

 

 

“I had never seen a flag retirement ceremony before,” reported Den Leader Tom Triesenburg. “It was quite a learning experience.”

During the solemn ceremony, each of the four dens retired a large, tattered flag. Each Scout and their partner also retired a small flag-that at one time marked the grave of a veteran on Memorial Day-by burning the flags, one at a time, over a hot campfire. The following morning the ashes were buried and the grommets retrieved as a token for the Pack of their service.

Eight brave members of the Pack became the inaugural members of the Pack’s Polar Cub Club by taking a dip in the lake early Sunday morning. Led by parents Matt Fetterman and Bill Helm, the boys jumped, slid, frolicked and dipped in the cold morning waters to earn their membership.

The Pack thanks their sponsors who, through their generous donations of goods and services, made this possible for the group: Jeff DeJager, D&W, Family Fare, Lowe’s, Meijer, and Old Orchard brands.

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