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COLUMN: Cub scouts invade Community Park

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By The Staff

The weekend of Aug. 27-29, the Lawrenceburg Pack 38 Scouts held their annual campout at the Anderson County Community Park.

The Lion’s Pavilion became the center with families putting up their tents around and down the street toward the baseball field. Everyone was looking forward to an active and fun weekend and no one was disappointed.

With lots of activities happening, including hiking, fishing, and swimming, the main event occurred Saturday evening with the Rain Gutter Sailboat Race. All of the cub scouts built and decorated their own boats to compete against each other. Two gutters were set up and filled with water and two scouts would race at a time. The boy who owned each boat would then blow on the sail to send it on its way down the gutter hopefully going faster than the competitor.

The race was tough and each scout lived up to the motto of “do your best.” They were all hot, tired and certainly winded but each finished the race regardless of whether they won or not. No one had to be reminded that good sportsmanship is one of the attributes of a scout.

A campout is not complete without a campfire, marshmallows and singing. This campout was no exception. Norman Rockwell would have been proud as this tradition unfolded as it has for all 100 years that the scouts are celebrating during 2010.

I recalled when I was young that the evening was a great time for running and catching fireflies.

I watched as the scouting families put a new spin on this pastime by giving the youngsters glow sticks. Our little section of the park became a rainbow of colorful fireflies moving about the night sky. As some of our younger scouts became too tired, they willingly crawled into their tents and all you could see was just a very dim touch of color gradually fade.

I love scouting. I believe it is one of the best avenues that a family can incorporate into their life.

The skills, principles and friendships that a scout will learn and have will provide useful tools throughout his life.

Scouting is not just about the boys but it is also about family and doing activities together that build a strong bond and a compass for good character with an appreciation for our world.

After dinner on Saturday, there was some free time planned for the scouts. Since my grandson had taken time off to attend his soccer game that morning he had not be able to go fishing with some of the other scouts. His grandfather told him to get his fishing pole and he would take him.

There are moments that occur in life that become such a great memory that your mind takes a “picture” of it so that you can draw on it for the rest of your life.

When I grow old and feeble, I will still be able to see that particular glimpse of my life I watched as my husband and my grandson walked toward the lake carrying their fishing poles and tackle box. Watching that scene, I had to remind myself to breathe.

Kris Durham is a Lawrenceburg resident.