Archery was just some of the events that took place at Pass Creek Park during the last weekend in May as part of the annual Cub-O-Ree

Kids come from all over Kootenays for Cub-o-Ree

Cub scouts from the Kootenays camped at Pass Creek Park over the last weekend in May as part of the annual Cub-O-Ree.

  • Jun. 8, 2011 6:00 p.m.

Cub scouts from the Kootenays camped at Pass Creek Park over the last weekend in May as part of the annual Cub-O-Ree.

The event moves to a different part of the region every year, said organizer Ralph Lunn. About 85 cub scouts participated last weekend.

“Everybody comes pretty much self-prepared,” Lunn said.

This year’s theme was the 200th anniversary of David Thompson’s contact with First Nations. Each activity the cubs participated in was related to the theme in some way.

On Saturday, they learned First Nations’ games, canoeing, archery, how to make bannock, how to make a natural lean-to shelter, leather craft and First Nations’ hunting.

“The Columbia Basin Trust was a major sponsor,” Lunn said. “It really helps to bring the cost down.”

BC Hydro sponsored a “leave no trace” luncheon for the cubs as well.

“We could’ve used juice boxes, it would’ve been easier, but we had them bring their own cup and then we just washed it.”

He said Celgar also sponsored the event.

In the evening everybody gets together to play group games, like capture the flag, Lunn said.

Later, everyone gathers around a fire for skits, songs and cheers.

“It gets all the leaders way out of their comfort zones,” he said.

Cub scout parents helped quite a bit with getting the weekend organized too, he said.

“The parent volunteers have been awesome.”

Participants came from Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Rossland, Trail, Nelson and Castlegar.

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