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Perham-area Cub Scouts become one with nature at two-day camp

Cub Scout Pack 321 had its Twilight Day Camp on June 24 and 25, where they learned all about nature and practiced new outdoor skills.

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A Cub Scout learns how to shoot a bow and arrow safely with the help of an adult at the Twilight Day Camp.
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PERHAM — CORRECTION: To learn more about the Cub Scout Pack, contact Gordy Przybylski at 317-946-7007 or gjprzybylski@gmail.com.

Some kids who live in urban areas never see the stars in the night sky due to city lights, but the same can't be said for the area kids of Cub Scout Pack 321. They're knowledgeable and experienced in the world of outdoor recreation — especially after the Twilight Day Camp at Holy Cross Church on June 24 and 25.

"The idea is to get kids exposed to the kind of things they might not normally do," said Gordy Przybylski, a Cub Scouts volunteer. "If they do, they might not know the safety components of it."

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An adult helps a Cub Scout learn how to safely shoot a BB gun at targets.
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A Cub Scout shoots a slingshot toward a target at the Twilight Day Camp.
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Throughout the Twilight Day Camp, kids learned how to safely shoot BB guns, bows and arrows, and slingshots. Adults helped them learn how to make water bottle holders out of leather and wagons out of wood. They completed an obstacle course, learned how to use a lasso, and even got to go on a nature hike.

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All this happened on the camp's first evening. Some kids stayed late around the campfire, cooking pies and other food. Normally, some scouts would camp out in tents for the night, but they had to go home due to Friday's storms.

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A Cub Scout roasts a pie over the campfire.
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Adults helped kids learn leather-working at the Cub Scouts' Twilight Day Camp so they could make their own water bottle holders.
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They did, however get to return for day two on Saturday, June 25 to learn more about nature. They went on an alphabet hunt, where they'd find different plants and animals in nature that start with each letter in the alphabet, such as "A" for "ant" or "B" for "bark."

For the first time in Twilight Day Camp history, they even had a "William Tell shoot," where they tried shooting an apple.

Smiles and laughs could be seen and heard all throughout the campsite, from kids and adults alike.

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A Cub Scout shows off his water bottle holder.
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"I just saw a study recently too that kids in the outdoors have a greater sense of confidence and wholesomeness," Przybylski said. "So, being out here in nature is an experience that most kids (don't get). We're blessed in Perham."

To learn more about the Cub Scout Pack, contact Gordy Przybylski at 317-946-7007 or gjprzybylski@gmail.com.

Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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