Scouts explore lakes, fields at Harford camp


July 22, 1996|By Lois Szymanski fTC | Lois Szymanski fTC,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CUB SCOUT PACK 150 just returned from a fun-filled camping trip to Camp Oest in Harford County. Camp Oest is a Boy Scout camp with several thousand acres of forests and fields, lakes, streams and recreational facilities.

"Camp Oest is wonderful, just wonderful," said Margarie White, a Finksburg den mother who visited the camp with her son Tommy. "The program put on by the staff is excellent, and the one-on-one with the older Boy Scouts is just wonderful.

"It just makes you want to cry," added White, who, with her husband, Jody Westerlund, has been active in Scouts since her son, Jay Westerlund, was a Cub Scout.

Jay is now a Boy Scout in Troop 735.

Activities at Camp Oest included campfires, archery, canoeing, swimming, and shooting on the BB gun range during the three-night trip this month.

"The most impressive thing is probably the high energy of the program. There are constant songs," White said. "Everywhere you go and everything you do seems to include a song. The staff knows all these songs and the kids learn them and sing them."

The theme at Camp Oest this year was the Olympics. The boys participated in a mini-Olympic competition, which included jousting, an obstacle course, swimming, barrel riding, shooting baskets and a relay race in which the boys had to take turns filling a bucket with leaking cups of water.

White said that second-year Webelos Billy Hurt and Alex Simpson did well in the competition. First-year Webelos Ryan Anderson, Daniel Cilngan, Liston Clise, Bryan Smith and Tommy Westerlund also did well. They received gold medals in categories, including knots, knife safety and knot relay.

The boys filled their spare time with a quarry hike, walking the trails, and playing soccer and volleyball.

"I loved it. Archery and BB guns were my favorite. Going down to the lake and canoeing was cool, too," said Zachary McKinney, 10, of Finksburg.

As the camping trip progressed, each pack sent representatives to help in the kitchen and to take part in other duties, which kept the camp running smoothly.

"The peer thing at camp, and the mentorship is wonderful," White said. "Everyone comes back all excited and enthusiastic about the program. It's a great experience."

White said the only problem at Camp Oest was the need to watch for ticks.

"They ran rampant this year," she said. "We did tick checks every day. The boys learned to check for ticks in the showers and to be aware."

Crab feast set Saturday

On Saturday, Westminster Volunteer Fire Department and Westminster Optimist Club will sponsor a crab feast.

The event will be held at the Fire Department's social hall. For $20, you can eat all the crabs you care to feast on and all the beer you can consume. Fried chicken, ham, crab soup, potato salad and cole slaw will be served.

Information: 848-4268 or 876-9811.

Pub Date: 7/22/96

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