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Scouting Camp a Big Hit at Belvoir

August 1, 2002

More than 250 campers converged on Fort Belvoir last week for the annual Cub Scout Day Camp. Coordinator Joel Bradshaw said that they had 257 boys, which included Cub Scouts, Webelos and 20 Me-Twos (scout siblings). There were over 200 adult volunteers, 40 of whom were on the camp staff.

This week-long camp has been held at Fort Belvoir for the past six years and attracts scouts from the local area. Bradshaw said that more than 20 packs were represented, mostly from the Mount Vernon and Franconia area.

Scouts participated in activities such as fishing, archery, nature, scouting skills and crafts. Every day, there was a special presentation, including one on jump roping and martial arts. A representative from the fire department came by on Wednesday to ‘hose the boys down’ and on Thursday, a representative from the Catoctin Mountain Zoo brought several exotic animals. The skydiving show on Friday was canceled due to inclement weather, but the family picnic had about 800 people in attendance.

Bradshaw said, “My goal was to make it a memorable event for the boys. My wife and two daughters were on the staff, I couldn’t have done it without them.”