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Bug Hunters congregate at Camp Stambaugh

August 1, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Cub Scout Bug Hunters Camp wrapped up on Friday (July 27) after a week-long day camp geared to give the younger Cub Scouts the feel for being out in the woods. Cub Scouts were able to take part in several stations at Camp Stambaugh in Canfield Township that helped introduce them to the scouting life.

One segment of the day camp involved rafting in Indian Lake, which was just reopened a few weeks ago.

"We don't have another place like this in the area where kids can learn rafting skills," said Camp Director Steph Kelly. "We have kids in camp who have never been on a raft or kayak."

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Cub Scouts Cole Bundy and Evan Fair, both from Pack 100 out of Hubbard, join their new friend Cooper Shreckengost out of Pack 27 in Boardman. The trio had just completed a lesson in rafting on Indian Lake, a natural lake at Camp Stambaugh.

She said the lake is all natural and is only two-feet deep. Still, all the cubs in the day camp had to first prove their swimming ability in the Camp Stambaugh pool.

Other fun things the cubs did over the week included hunting for aquatic life in the stream, tie-dying a scarf, rafting, archery and basically learning to work as a team.

The camp was also full of older youths known as CITs, which stands for Counselor In Training. They were able to assist the adult camp leaders while earning time as a trainee. New counselors will be needed next year as Camp Stambaugh turns 100 and the Cub Scouts will be planning a full sleep-over.

The camp may also be joining some historic places as several local Boy Scout leaders are pulling together to have an Ohio Historic marker placed at the camp. Stambaugh is the second oldest camp in Ohio and the ninth oldest in the nation according to research done by Mike Kupec.



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