STEVENSVILLE — The first National Camp-In was held nationwide Saturday, May 2, hosted through the Boy Scouts of America. It was promoted to have families join together to participate in “Scouting at Home” activities while observing quarantine measures, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m. The virtual campout was broadcast through Facebook Live.
National Scout Commissioner Ellie Morrison said, “Many people might think that Scouting is at a standstill with not being able to go outside much, but this event shows that’s not true.”
During the daylong program, guest speakers presented hands-on demonstrations of many outdoor activities: pitching a tent in your yard or in your living room at home, fishing, preparing for a hike at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, how to build a flashlight from household items, learning knot tying essentials, movie-making skills, fitness with a Scout ninja, wilderness survival tips, and easy camp-style dinner favorites.
It also included a Duncan Yo-Yo exhibition, how to make a filtered face mask out of a Scout neckerchief, how and where Pinewood Derby cars are assembled for shipment (from Idaho), and how to make an apple-cranberry pie inside a dutch oven over a bed of hot charcoal.
Members of Cub Scout Pack 496, which is sponsored by the Kent Island Elks, Lodge 2576, in Stevensville, joined in the adventure.
Parents described the impressions of some of Pack 496 Cub Scouts.
“My son Ethan seemed to really enjoy the movie-making presentation about how the ‘Pirates of the Carribbean’ movie was made,” said his Jeremy Yonts, who is serving as Pack 496 Cubmaster. Ethan, 11, is a Webelos 2 Cub Scout.
Pack Committee Chairman James Williams said, “My children seemed to really love ‘going camping’ at our home, setting up the tent and bringing out their sleeping bags. It was something different.” His son James IV, 9, is a Bear Cub Scout.
About 10 families in Pack 496 joined in the National Camp-In festivities, and many shared pictures of activities, such as grilling out, roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.
Sunday afternoon, May 3, the Pack leadership held its monthly Zoom meeting to discuss what the Pack Dens have done in the past month and tentatively plan activities for the Pack going forward. It was mentioned that June is most likely the first time since the COVID-19 restrictions were put in place, that the Pack will be able to meet again, at least in small groups.
However, depending on how recovery from the coronavirus goes, it’s possible that an end of the year celebration/gathering could be held outdoors at the Elks lodge in June or July to present awards, share some barbecue and possibly camp out at Wye Island, which the Pack already has reservations for in mid-June. Again, that all depends on decisions by Gov. Larry Hogan as to what types of gatherings will be permitted.
To see ideas for Scouting At Home, go online to Scouting.org for more information.