PDT Staff Writer
Games, crafts and an occasional ghost or goblin, all combine to make Halloween Camp at Camp Oyo on Ohio 125 in Scioto County a popular event with Cub Scouts.
The event, sponsored by the Simon Kenton Council/Tecumseh District, has been divided into two weekends - this weekend (Oct. 5-7) and next weekend (Oct. 12-14). The camp had to be divided because of the large registrations last year and again this year. More than 500 youngsters are registered for each of the two weekends.
“This is the 30th anniversary of this event,” Halloween Camp co-director Laura Davis said. “Marion Harrison of Pack 103 out of the Ironton/Coal Grove area, started this, and he actually ran it for about 18 years himself. Some other people did it for a while and this is my seventh year doing it.”
Davis said Cub Scouts from all over the region turn out for the event.
“We have Cub Scouts come from other areas too,” Davis said. “We have a group that has been coming down from Columbus for the past five years. They come down; they camp for the weekend”
Davis said the event begins on Friday night, and will include a Friday night carnival this year. Saturday the Scouts will do activities such as B-B’s, archery, slingshots, and they will make crafts.
“What we try also to do, when we have games, we try to help them toward advancement, toward getting awards,” Davis said. “There’s all kinds of awards they can get, and we try to center it around that.”
Davis said the office out of Columbus will come down and present the STM Nova award, designed to help promote science, technology and math. An example of the presentation this year is the use of the game of badminton to explain the science of flight.
“We do haunted hikes, hayrides, ghost storytelling, there’s even a haunted trail this weekend,” Davis said. “Next weekend the difference will be that there will be a haunted house instead of a haunted trail.”
While kids can begin to arrive this (Friday) morning, the programming doesn’t start until 6 p.m. today. On Saturday, both weekends, the event begins at 8:45 a.m. with activities going on until 10 p.m.
Davis said the event is not open to the public. It is only open to Cub Scouts. Harrison is the honorary director, and along with Davis, the co-directors also include Dave Wright and Samantha Turvey.
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