Scouts fill Craighead Forest Park

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-The Cherokee District Cub Scout Day Camp is underway at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro.

The camp kicked off on Monday and won't stop til Friday.

Around 200 young men from all over Northeast Arkansas are learning about nature and having a great time.

Kevin Dunham has been working and volunteering with the program for 20 years.

"This week we are focusing on exposing the boys to nature," Dunham said. "We're focusing on values about friendship and honesty and being trustworthy."

This year's theme is "Wild West Rodeo" and the scouts are participating in a variety of different things.

"We've been doing a lot of stuff," ten-year-old Matthew Mabry said. "Things like archery and yesterday we did bebe guns and music. We do a lot of exciting stuff."

Dunham says while the kids are having fun, they learning and making friends.

"Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are about socializing," Dunham said. "It's about getting to know one another. It's about learning to trust other people and people trusting you. It's learning about God. It's all those things that are core values to families."

The boys are getting to learn about archery, crafts, games, music, cooking and other skills.

They're being taught at some of the stations by volunteer Boy Scouts.

Twelve-year-old Boy Scout Thomas Selden says he's a blast during his participation as both a Cub and Boy Scout.

He says he's also learned some valuable things.

"Some of the things I've learned are first aide," Selden said. "CPR, how to treat basic wounds and broken leg. Identifying different things like trees, birds, things like that."

Camp is taking place Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 4:00pm each day.

Things will wrap up on Friday with a "Family Fun Day" from 8:30am to 2:00pm

For more information about the Cub Scouts are Boys Scouts, log onto this website.

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