With groups like Stingrays, Sharks, Swordfish and Sea Urchins, Cub Scouts from three counties are meeting this week to have some fishy fun and learn about the outdoors and science.

Seventy-three Cub Scouts from Pettis, Benton and Saline counties are attending the Under the Sea Day camp which began Wednesday night and will run through Saturday. Cub Scouts haled from the Great Rivers Council, Osage Trails District.

Although Wednesday night looked like rain and the Scouts had to move activities inside, Thursday evening saw sunny skies and excellent weather.  

“Last night started out with a bang,” Camp Director Brian Geary said Thursday laughing. “It was exciting, but the rain actually quit before we started.

“About 5 o’clock we moved everything into a storm shelter,” he continued. “And, at 6 o’clock it rolled on through.”

Geary said the Scouts would eat special treats of “seaweed,” “crab” and “fish” plus have a flipper relay race and participate in archery and seaworthy crafts. Scouts could create a fish in “resin” or a wave in a bottle made with water, vegetable oil and glitter or make nametags using leather fish.

Geary said the day camp is important because it’s more economical than the large summer camp located at the Lake of the Ozarks.

“What we do is offer them an alternative,” he noted. “This is only a $50 camp and it’s four days of fun-filled activities. We have a new theme every year. So, we do lots of planning based on our theme.”

The Scouts could also attend the mobile Invention Lab with Thomas Yang, who drove it up from Lake Ozark.

“He does all kinds of activities in there,” Geary said. “This one is a wood engraving machine. He can engrave pictures into the wood.”

Scouts could choose from several engravings including a pirate and a treasure chest.

Arts & Entertainment Reporter

Faith Bemiss is a reporter for the Sedalia Democrat, covering general assignment, arts, food and entertainment stories. She can be reached at 660-530-0289.

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