Baldwinsville Cub Scouts recently spent a weekend of encampment aboard the USS Little Rock.
Pack 71 traveled to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo Oct. 18 for the chance to learn about life aboard a naval ship. The boys dined in the ship's galley after going through the chow line, then spent the night in one of the berthing areas, sleeping in bunks stacked three high. Retired naval staff led the event, which included authentic ship briefings and shipboard announcements through the speakers.
Another exciting attraction for the boys was a flight simulator that gave the experience of flying a carrier jet over the English countryside.
The naval collection includes the USS the Sullivans, named in memory of five brothers from Iowa who were lost aboard the USS Juneau, a vessel which Japanese forces sunk at Guadalcanal causing the single greatest loss to a family from WWII. Many of the cub scouts watched the 1944 movie about the lives of these five brothers prior to touring the ship.
It was a great learning experience for the cub scouts. All of the participants had a fun trip while learning a great deal about an important period in American history.
Cub scouting is for boys in kindergarten through fifth grade and offers a program of purposeful fun to develop strong character. Citizenship is one of the core values in scouting. Events such as this offer fun and exciting ways to learn the ideals of citizenship. If you would like to learn more about scouting programs in Baldwinsville, contact the Hiawatha Seaway Council at 463-0201.