Caiden Mitchell, 9, of Copperas Cove, fastened his body armor, put on his helmet and grabbed his shield and sword. He was ready for battle ... and for the Leon Valley Cub Scout Day Camp scheduled from 3 to 8:30 p.m. June 9-13 at Central Texas College.
The theme of the camp is “Knights of the Roundtable.”
With more than 170 Cub Scouts expected to attend, an important aspect of the camp experience for Scouts will be the opportunity to meet other Scouts from around the district, Camp Director George Covert said.
“The camp allows the Cub Scout to experience age-appropriate activities that are similar to what he will experience at the Boy Scout Resident Camp when the Cub Scout reaches that transitional milestone to Boy Scouts,” Covert said. “The Cub Scout Day Camp also allows the boys to gather and work as a group participating with other Scouts in activities similar to what they will experience at a Boy Scout camp.”
The Scouts will be separated into groups of 30 and stay busy shooting BB guns, aiming arrows, swimming, whittling wood and learning first aid as part of the camp that requires 60 to 80 volunteers to run smoothly, Covert said.
This year will be Caiden’s third time to attend the camp. The craft activities are his favorite, where he can create everything from a dinosaur to a truck from wood.
“I love camp. I am really excited about the theme this year because I have tons of knight gear,” said Caiden, a House Creek Elementary School third-grader. “I have a shield and a helmet and armor. I can’t wait.”
His mother, Amanda Mitchell, who is in charge of camp registration, said the skills her son learns in the camp are valuable beyond measure. “There’s a lot of teamwork they are learning. They have to come together to create things and build things. He learns leadership along with the other points of Scouting,” she said.
Linda Twilleager, a Cub Scout leader, will attend the camp as a chaperone. Her son, Eric Heriford, 8, will attend again this year.
“There are a lot of different activities and it is a great introduction into Scouts and to see what Scouting is all about,” Twilleager said. “We are going back to where we should be where our children are learning to interact with people rather than video games or the computer. Scouting is a great organization for teaching our boys how to respect each other.”
Eric, who is the son and grandson of Eagle Scouts, said he enjoys swimming and wants to swim in the “deep end” of the pool at camp this year. But he most enjoys the time outdoors with boys his own age.
“I get to spend a whole week with friends every day of the week,” the Halstead Elementary second-grader said.
Cub Scouts entering first through fifth grades can attend the camp and will be able to complete or earn a portion of several Cub Scout achievements and belt loops. The Day Camp is also open to units in the American Heritage Girls organization. The registration fee for the camp is $85. To register, contact Devon Toombs, Leon Valley district executive, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-492-6622.