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Twilight camp teaches skills to Scouts

Cub Scouts learn time-honored camp traditions at annual gatherings

Posted: July 28, 2009 8:57 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Cub Scout Teak Balena, 8, pitches horse shoes at the Bill Hart District Twilight Camp on Tuesday.

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Cub Scout Teak Balena fired a BB gun for the first time this week in the canyons north of Santa Clarita, then moved on to archery.

“You get a lot of points for one small dot that you shoot at,” the 8-year-old from Santa Clarita said Tuesday night. “It felt excellent.”

Balena and more than 80 other Cub Scouts in grades 1 through 3 are getting a dose of classic summer-camp fun this week — some, like Balena, for the first time. He said he was going to have his first-ever s’more at his first-ever camp fire Tuesday night.

The annual Twilight Summer Camp — so named because it runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. weeknights — gives Cub Scouts the chance to experience some old-fashioned summer fun at the North Hollywood Sportsman’s Club in San Francisquito Canyon. Some of the activities include horse-shoe tosses, water balloons and wilderness tracking, organizers said.

“They learn about reading animal prints to tell if it’s a bear or a dog or a wolf — or a Bigfoot,” said Tracey Moss, assistant scoutmaster and program director for the camp.

This year’s camp theme, she said, is CSI — for Cub Scout Investigations, of course.

She said teaching the kids to solve tracking mysteries encourages them to “investigate and explore the world, and to see it differently.”

Her son, 11-year-old Matthew Moss, now sees the camp a bit differently — he’s no longer just a regular camper, but a den chief who is responsible for helping younger Cubs learn the ropes.

“Well, (as a normal camper) you’re walking around from activity to activity. Here we have to stay in one place and teach the kids,” he said.

This year, Matthew is teaching younger kids how to launch water balloons at one another using a giant sling shot — one of several life skills they probably won’t learn in grade school.

The toughest part, the boy said, is “getting some of the younger kids to listen. They just have so much shorter of an attention span.”



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