Camporee Draws Hundreds of Cub Scouts

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Heritage Park was alive with activity over the weekend, as 300-plus Cub Scouts and leaders held a camporee.

The Piggott Parks Department played host this past weekend, as Cub Scouts and pack leaders from across Northeast Arkansas took part in a camporee at Heritage Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Organizers report over 320 were in attendance, representing 21 packs from the Cherokee District of the Quapaw Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

"We had Cub Scouts from Blytheville, Jonesboro, Imboden, Hoxie, Corning, Maynard, Bono, Brookland--and from all over Greene County, just to mention a few," noted Kathy Thompson, senior Cherokee District executive. "Things went well, and we had a very good event."

The Cubs began to converge on the park Friday afternoon, setting up camp along the roadway to the amphitheatre. Following a chilly Friday night, they awoke Saturday morning to a full schedule of activities.

Saturday's schedule included several educational efforts, coordinated through both the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center and the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum and Study Center. HPMEC Director Adam Long, an Eagle Scout himself, served as coordinator for the programs. Throughout the late morning, and early afternoon, a bus shuttled groups of Cub Scouts and leaders from the park to the museums and back at regular intervals.

"We've got kids touring the house, and we have a mineral search educational display set up on the grounds," Long noted late Saturday morning. "Plus, they're touring the barn studio, and there is a class going on at the other museum as well."

At the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum nearby trustee Don Roeder gave classes on the many gems and minerals on display. Trustees and staff also gave guided tours to the groups of Cub Scouts and their leaders.

"The kids have been just great, and they've shown a lot of interest--it's been great having them," museum director Teresa Taylor noted.

Saturday afternoon the Cub Scouts also took part in shooting events, with a range set up at the park. To minimize the impact to the local ecology, dog food was used as ammunition for some of the events.

"We really appreciate the hospitality of the City of Piggott," Thompson noted. "And, I'm glad we got the opportunity to come here. The park was just beautiful, and so was the lake, and the kids had a great time."

She added that some of the Cub Scouts even tried their hand at fishing in Heritage Park Lake, and caught a few--but then released them.

The first weekend in May a similar event is planned, but this time some 150 Boy Scouts are expected to be on hand. The Boy Scout event will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 3 to 5 and will also include educational classes and offerings at the two museums.

Those wanting more information may call the Piggott Parks Department at 598-5884 or Thompson at the Boy Scouts of America office in Little Rock at 501 664-4780.

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