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Victoria Cub Scouts learning about safety, having fun at day camp

By Sonny Long
June 7, 2010 at 1:07 a.m.

Jordan Allen is all smiles as he snags a fish during a Boy Scout camp held in Riverside Park on Monday. Allen was happy with catch and maybe more fascinated with removing the hook and returning the fish back.

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Mekhi Huff knows what he's going to like best at the Cub Scout day camp.

"I can't wait to go fishing," said Mekhi, 8, of Pack 366. "I love to go fishing."

Fishing is one of the many activities offered during the second annual camp at the Lions Club Pavilion at Riverside Park.

About 50 Cub Scouts from Victoria's eight packs are taking part. About 40 adult supervisors are leading the scouts through the activities.

"We teach the boys how to put hooks on their line, how to put the bait on and how protect the fish and handle it safely, too," said James Wilson, the camp's program director.

Safety is a major theme at the camp, Wilson emphasized, as scouts are also taught how to properly handle and shoot BB guns and bows and arrows.

"We also teach them general gun safety. We tell them if they find a gun to go tell and adult, but never touch it," Wilson said.

Archery was the favorite activity for some camp goers.

Caleb Gowetski, 8, said archery was the best part of the camp and 8-year-old Jacob Lawrence agreed.

"I got to shoot a bow and arrow for the first time," said Jacob. "We wore safety glasses and made sure we were safe."

The camp also includes sports, crafts and nature activities.

"We are also teaching them to pick up behind themselves. Never leave anything behind. Also pick up all your trash at the end of the day," said Wilson.

Friday's activities include a closing ceremony and a flag retirement ceremony.

The packs are members of the South Texas Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

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