Is it too early to start inspiring our future generation of scientists? Heck No! That’s what 50 Cub Scouts, boys and girls ranging in age from 6 – 10, discovered while having “Fun with a Purpose” exploring becoming scientists at the STEM-focused Aquia District Cub Scout Day Camp held at Pratt Park in Fredericksburg, from June 28 – July 2. The Founder of Scouting, Lord Baden-Powell said: “A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.” And did this ever prove to be true – Everyone left already excited about coming back for next year’s Camp!
Director, Kristy Freeman, and Program Director, Jenna Cooper, led their all-volunteer Camp Staff of adults from Pack and Troop 26 and older Scouts from Troops 26 and 907, who kept these budding scientists busy all week with a variety of activities setup and run by the hard-working Camp Staff, including some pretty cool nature hikes. These included fun with model rockets, elephant toothpaste, bubble snakes, rock testing, lava lamps, leather work, robot hands, tie dye, marbles, exploding sticks, moon dough, slime, ooblick, learning about planets, yo-yos, puzzles and codes, as well as shooting archery, BB guns, and sling shots!
Scouts got to meet two of Stafford’s finest K9’s and their handlers, while Stafford Fire & Rescue stopped by to cool everyone down. Scouts also enjoyed singing some seriously silly songs with great gusto and much laughter!
All the Scouts grew from the experience and found it fun trying new things, working as a team and meeting new friends. They also learned about flexibility when weather threatened the fun – but the Staff made sure it was about K.I.S.M.I.F. (Keeping it Safe, Making it Fun!)
Kristy and Jenna had an amazing adult Camp Staff: Susan Wood, Hallie Graves, Joe Fijalkowski, Kari Hammond, Xander Korb, and Jennifer Bell. But the Staffers who truly made it the best week ever were teen Scouts BSA volunteers, Michael, Maddie, Jackson, and Nathan (aka Ranger Rick). Everyone is already looking forward to next summer!