By Rebecca LaFlure
Killeen Daily Herald
For camp director Alvin Dillard, the mission of Cub Scout day camp is to provide a week of fun with a purpose.
About 100 scouts, from 6 to 10 years old, descended upon the Central Texas College campus this week to participate in activities aimed at building character and leadership skills.
Campers took turns shooting bows and arrows and BB guns, making arts and crafts, swimming, roping plastic steers and learning basic survival skills.
Throughout the activities, counselors emphasized the scouts' 12 core values - something they hope the children will apply to their everyday lives.
"They're learning to work together and respect each other," Dillard said.
On Thursday evening, scouts dressed in matching shirts and caps watched Malcolm Dickinson, a retired Copperas Cove High School principal, act out an old Western tale from his book, "Bill Pickett: Bulldogging King of the Rodeo."
The Leon Valley District, Longhorn Council Cub Scouts organized this year's Wild West-themed event for Cub Scouts in Killeen, Fort Hood, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights and Nolanville. The annual day camp ends today.
Ten-year-old Robinson Brown, a Webelo from Fort Hood, said he learned how to safely shoot a bow and arrow, save people from drowning and described the various planets he learned about during a stop at the CTC Planetarium.
"It's really fun here," Robinson said, adding that he hopes to return next year.
A big aspect of the camp is allowing the campers to stay active and try new things.
"You have to let them go and try," Dillard said. "If you fall … you still get up and keep going."
To get your child involved in a local Cub Scouts pack or Boy Scouts troop, call (832) 492-6622 or go to www.leonvalleydistrict.org.
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