MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Boy Scouts of America Mountaineer Area Council held their “Back to Scouting” event on Sunday at Camp Mountaineer.
Current scouts were encouraged to attend and bring a friend to learn about scouting. There were many activities for future scouts to participate in such as: B. a 60-foot climbing tower, BB shooting range, regatta boat building and racing, scout fire-building skills, cooking demonstrations in the Dutch oven and field games.
“You know, in the last 18 months during the pandemic, we lost a lot of children in the program. And this event is really supposed to get them here, get them to remember what the Boy Scout program has to offer, get them back outside, and get them back outside into camp, ”said Amy Garbrick, vice president of Boy Scouts of America of the Mountaineer Area Council program.
Also, Boy Scouts of America officials said the event will give children who may never have heard of Boy Scouts a chance to learn about what Boy Scouts are. These leaders also said that scouting is about teamwork while learning about nature at the same time.
“To be involved in scouting means to participate in a development program for key figures that has been known for over 110 years. Learning Character Traits, Citizenship and Fitness, ”said Scott Hanson, Scout Executive and CEO of the Mountaineer Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.
Boys Scouts of America officials also said it was important to them to enable the community, regardless of their involvement in Scouting, to see what Scouting is all about. They also voiced that scouting is known for getting outdoors, shooting sports, learning about plants and animals, and learning outdoor cooking techniques.
“It’s just a kind of release and a lot of fun that I can have, regardless of whether I come home from school on the weekend. Just being with my friends and not necessarily in a competitive aspect, ”said Daniel Kaddar, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop 93 Cheat Lake. “I’ve learned a lot of life skills that other friends who aren’t in Boy Scouts are impressed with every day, whether it’s tying a knot or identifying something in the woods.”
Officials with the Boy Scouts said it instills values in young children who are able to see how they develop and grow and take on more responsibility.
“Today we cook here at the camp in the camp and all these boys, the younger boys, cook meals for needs. But many of these guys had never cooked before. So they’re not just cooking a learning and doing, they’re doing it around the campfire, ”said Nathan Cogar, Scout Master of Troop 1066 of Reedsville.
Many of the leaders in attendance are encouraging parents and guardians to attend the Boy Scout programs in their areas across the state.