Circus is theme at Cub Scout camp


July 05, 2002|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ON JUNE 24, about 350 Cub Scouts gathered at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship for National Pike District Cub Scout Day Camp 2002. This year's theme was "Circus Under the Big Top."

"We had a full week of circus-type activities," program director Deborah Talbott said.

It was a team effort to pull the camp together with a staff of volunteers. About 300 adults and older Scouts helped make the weeklong event a success, Talbott said.

"We had wonderful help from all of the Howard County families," she said. "All the den leaders gave their whole week off from work to be staffers."

Parents brought their boys every morning to the fairgrounds, where they signed in for a seven-hour day. Then, the entire camp assembled at 9 a.m. for announcements and awards.

Scouts were grouped in dens of 40 boys. Each den created a den cheer and flag. During the day, the dens traveled to stations, where they learned Scouting skills - games, archery, cooking on an open fire, tent-pitching and knot-tying.

"They're teaching them life skills and how to get along with people," Talbott said.

Many guests visited during the week. The Boumi Temple Shrine brought clowns, a band and minitractor 18-wheelers to entertain the boys. The Howard County Police Department showed off its canine unit and helicopter.

The Oriole Bird mascot made an appearance, and the Kangaroo Kids Precision Jump Rope Team demonstrated its skills. One day, Jazzercise Inc. led the Scouts in exercise routines.

During the week, the kids were dressed in circus-theme camp shirts, which sported a picture designed by a Cub Scout. The shirts created a colorful scene: den chiefs wore orange, Cub Scouts wore yellow and staff members wore royal blue shirts.

On Friday, parents were invited to watch the big Grande Finale parade, in which nearly 700 people paraded around camp in circus garb.

"We could be seen plainly from [Interstate] 70," Talbott said. "They were all honking at us."

This is Talbot's second year as program director. She worked with camp director Steve Riggings.

Alonso Rodriguez served as deputy program director, and Jeff Burt was camp quartermaster. Rhonda Gable was camp nurse for the week.

Talbott said the day camp is a fantastic annual event for the Scouts.

"This is big time," she said. "This is better than you've ever seen."

News from 4-H

The Fulton 4-H Club held its garage sale fund-raiser June 21 to raise money for the group's float at the Howard County Fair in August.

At the club's monthly meeting June 25 at the Highland home of Scott and Barbara Glenn, club members learned about dairy goats. Kathy Iager of Maple Lawn Farms in Fulton described the joys of raising the goats.

"The club was fortunate to have such a widely respected authority in the field of diary goat," club reporter Allie Jo Gross said.

Club member Rebekah O'Keefe, who is working on a dairy goat project, brought her goat to the lecture.

"He turned out to be quite an active fellow," Allie Jo said.

Club members closed out the meeting with a favorite activity: a make-your-own-sundae bar.

To join: Barbara Glenn, 301-854-3299.

Dance camp

The Glenelg High School Drill Team's trip to the Universal Dance Association Camp at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County proved to be exciting. The team practiced from June 19 to 22 to learn new choreography, and their efforts were rewarded.

The team's Home Routine, performed on the opening night of camp, earned a superior rating and first place, which qualified members to attend the National Dance Team Championships in February in Orlando, Fla..

Several members will have a chance to attend some special events. Captains Jen Cannon and Sara Potler and co-captains Laura Ann Fath, Kathy Bianco and Julia Marasa were invited to participate in the this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Julia and Sara also were chosen for the Universal Dance Association's All Star Performance Team - which gives them the opportunity to perform in the New Year's Day parade at Montmartre in Paris.

Kudos to the 2002-2003 Drill Team and coaches Terri Newsome and Kara Windebank.

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