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Summer Day Camp at a Bargain Price

It’s hard to believe, but the kids will be out of school in a few months. The best summer camps always fill up fast, so it’s time to start making your plans!

Woodwork

Woodwork

In these difficult economic times it’s more important than ever to spend money wisely, and this is a bargain. Cub Scout Daycamp is offered in 8 locations in Orange County this summer. What is Cub Scout Daycamp? It’s hiking, games, push carts, crafts, archery, woodworking and water wars.  It’s loud, dirty, exhausting fun. Just what every boy needs after a long school year.

Here’s the part that will surprise you. The cost is only $115 for the week.  Compare that to $225 for a week-long basketball camp or $190 for a science camp. How do they do it? The staff is free.  That’s right – these camps are run by volunteers.

Pushcarts

Pushcarts

Here’s how it works.  Each pack collects applications from its scouts and parents. For each age group on each day, they must have a ratio of 4:1 or better. Can’t get away from work for a week? That’s okay. If one parent from each family takes one or two days off to go to camp, your child can go to camp all 5 days.

What do parents do at camp? Most choose to accompany their son and his den to the program areas to supervise the scouts and assist in the activities, but there are other volunteer positions available.

What if you have other kids who are not cub scouts? While you are with the scouts, your other children can play in the supervised Sibling Camp. Older kids can work as youth volunteers.

Archery

Archery

What if your child is not in Cub Scouts? Now is a great time to join. If your son will be in 1st through 5th grade next year, he’s just the right age. Contact a pack at your local school or church to join or contact the Boy Scouts Orange County Council.

What if you can’t go the week that camp is being held in your area? No problem. Go to a different district’s camp on a different week.  They’re all fun!

Packs are collecting applications now. They need time to compile the applications and coordinate ratios, especially for the camps that take place early in the summer. Registration closes as early as next month for some camps.

Just watch out. Parents have been known to have so much fun at camp that they keep coming back year after year.  Even after their kids have grown up!

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