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MOST gives Cubs run of museum at 'Camp-In'

Projectiles were flying and bridges were collapsing in Syracuse Saturday night.

But it was all in good fun.

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology - the MOST - opened its doors to fourth and fifth grade Cub Scouts, called Webelos, and they had the run of the place the night of Ja. 16.

Seventeen Cub Scouts from Pack 161 in Skaneateles were among the 74 Webelos who visited the MOST. They were chaperoned by museum and Cub Scout staff. Amidst all the fun the boys were taught quite a bit about science.

It was "fun with a purpose," the unofficial motto of the Cub Scouts, according to Thomas Seeley. Seeley is the den leader of Webelos 2, Pack 161 from Skaneateles.

"It's an opportunity that's very rare for kids to get to go and learn in that environment," Seeley said.

They engaged in activates and experiments during the "camp-in" to work toward earning an engineering activity pin.

Bridges and bridge design were on the agenda. Each scout tried his hand at designing a bridge and then testing it to see if it can bear a certain amount of weight. Some were successful. Some were not.

"If the bridge collapses does that mean they were not successful?" asked Timothy Herne, Interlakes District executive of the Boy Scouts' Hiawatha Seaway Council. "The answer is no, of course not. If it supports the weight that's great. If it doesn't, well, it's just like anything else -- back to the drawing board. But they will still have fulfilled the requirement."

It was a busy night. Participants also experimented with electric circuits. They used block and tackles. They launched catapults made of spoons and cotton balls. They also did some floor planning, airplane design and got to see a planetarium show.

"It's also a fun experience for the kids," said MOST Educational Associate Betty Jones. "They get to see the exhibits, play in the playhouse and have an overnight. They have breakfast here. They have a snack in the evening. It's like camping, but it's camping inside instead of outside."

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