Scouts joust through day camp
Mormon Station State Historic Park was the arena for jousting lessons for 186 Cub Scouts on Thursday.
The Pine Nut district Cub Scouts conducted a three-day camp.
The event focused on “having fun with a purpose,” Day Camp Director Marla Morris said.
The camp had 18 different medieval-themed stations.
Lincoln Jezek, 9, of Gardnerville beating the early afternoon heat with a snow cone in each hand, explained that he was excited for all of the activities at day camp.
“Making bow and arrows is what I’m looking forward to the most though,” he added.
Lincoln is a third-grader at Jacks Valley Elementary School and has been in scouts for a year.
James Adams, 9, was also excited about all of the activities.
“I’m most excited about the archery and BB guns,” James said. “Oh, and the bow and arrows, too.”
The scouts moved through six different stations each day of the camp.
Stations included sword, shield and bow and arrow making, jousting lessons and constructing a folding chessboard and pieces.
“Boys always love to build so we try to incorporate some kind of wood craft,” Morris said.
Each boy was given wood, nails, a hammer and instructions and sent to work on their chessboards which they would paint at a different station.
Each station allows the Cub Scouts to earn achievements toward rank advancements, as well as concentrating on one of the many core values Cub Scouts instills, organizers said.
“One of the core values is compassion and helping another kid that is struggling is demonstrating that value,” Program Director Heather Jackson said.
More than 100 volunteers supervised all the stations.
Among the volunteers were Douglas High School National Honor Society members.
“We couldn’t do it without all of the volunteer help,” Morris said. “Their help makes it look so easy.”
For Ron Thornton, volunteering at scout events is second nature to him.
Once a father to three scouts, and now a grandfather to a scout, Thornton understands the benefits scouts can have on a young man’s life.
“Cub Scouts give kids confidence by just getting their hands on things with adults around,” Thornton said. “It’s hard to say no to something so positive.”
The Cub Scouts’ days were filled with hands on activities and lessons in various areas of science and history.
James is working towards the Eagle Scout rank, but is enjoying being a Cub Scout.
“I like that scouts helps me learn to do cool stuff to get us more healthy,” he added.
The boys will also watch a live jousting demonstration thanks to Silver Blades in Reno, a magic show and juggler.
“Scouts provides leadership and life skills for boys,” Morris said. “We are always looking for new scouts.”
To get involved in Boys Scouts of America visit http://www.scout.org or call 775-787-1111.