East Dallas Cub Scouts Go Global

A highlight of Twilight Camp was a visit from Mike Lewis and his Creepy Critters. — Courtesy Photo

Community Contribution

For about 40 East Dallas Cub Scouts, Twilight Camp presented a global experience with countries and cultures across the world.

The White Buffalo District’s annual Twilight Camp took place June 6-10 at Samuell Grand Park. Each evening, Scout patrols moved through four different stations.

Two stations, BBs and archery, helped the youngsters hone their shooting skills, including the chance to earn Top Shooter awards to qualify for the National Shooting Sports Foundation Junior USA Shooting Team patch.

Another station, “Wet Stuff,” featured relays and other games with lots of water — a treat in the warm weather.

The fourth station had a different theme each night, with a game, dance, or other activity that reflected a country: Monday was Kenya, Tuesday was the Philippines, Wednesday was Korea, and Thursday was Australia.

On Friday, a highlight of the camp was a visit from Mike Lewis of Creepy Critters with an up-close-and-personal appearance by snakes, lizards, insects and other, well, creepy critters.

The camp director was Mary Kate Akkola and Debi Franz was program director. Other staff members, including David Davidson, Rick Smith, Bill Dieterich, Sarah Dieterich, Mary Buenrostro, Grace Davidson, and JoAnn Jimenez, contributed to the success of the camp through planning, staffing, and other coordination.

About 30 adult leaders and parents helped make Twilight Camp 2011 a success.

In addition, several Boy Scouts from local troops served as Youth Staff under the direction of Greg Regan.

The Cub Scout packs that participated included 16, Mata Elementary; 42 Lipscomb Elementary School; 43, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church; 46, Lakehill Preparatory School; 54, Lakewood Elementary School; 56, Robert E. Lee Elementary School); 325, Stonewall Jackson School; and 709, Dan D. Rogers Elementary School. The Packs are all part of Boy Scouts of America White Buffalo District, Circle Ten Council. John Thompson serves as the district chairman, Mike Denoy is the district executive.

Thanks to Emily Martin for providing the words and pictures.

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