Pack 785 is moving ahead with innovation & #scoutingathome!
The leaders from Pack 785 of Eagle District pivoted from their original plans of a spring campout and planned an awesome camp-in for their Scouts.
Amy Johnson is committee chair, pack momma, and organizer for this amazing camp-in. Her team put together goodie bags for the 190 participants of the camp-in with everything they'd need - snacks, items for fun projects, 4 different scavenger hunt options (around the house, around your neighborhood, driving in your car, rain or shine - the hunt was on), glowsticks, and more!
To disseminate the supply bags for each family Amy and the Pack leadership organized a drive-thru pick-up at the parking lot of their Charter organization Faith United Methodist Church in South Tulsa on Saturday morning.
"Our Cubmaster is an ER Physician," Amy explained, so they consulted with his guidance on the best way to maintain a safe environment while getting everyone the supplies they needed for the weekend. Families could drive by to safely pick up their bags and then head back to their homes.
"We wanted to give them the supplies and the framework for the camp-in, but the freedom to get creative with things," Amy said.
The schedule was similar to an in-person campout - opening flag ceremony, game time, talks from Den Leaders on Scouting Fundamentals like knot tying and first aid, a virtual campfire, and more thru Zoom video chats.
"I have a new appreciation for food bloggers and chefs," Amy said when talking about her foil packet cooking tutorial video.
One of the Pack’s favorite things is telling jokes around the campfire, so they’ll had a “virtual stand-up comedy” time on the video call around their fire places.
"One of our dads plays guitar, so he lead some songs for our Friday Night Campfire Program and Sunrise Service on Sunday morning,” Amy said.
When talking about the resources it took to make this event happen, Amy said they had money set aside for their spring camp out at Cub World that they were able to use to help make this happen. They also kept the cost down by utilizing some leftover crafting items and encouraged the kids to get creative with what they had on hand. Trader Joe's also donated the bags for the Pack to deliver the supplies in.
Pack 785 is a successful group of kids and leaders. They are a top popcorn selling unit and their spring campout usually has around 150-175 people participating. This camp-in had over 190 join in - which included the whole family - like siblings and parents who haven't been able to on campouts together.
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