The Spinks Memorial Camp in Marcellus was a sea of blue and khaki last month, as the boy scouts from Troop 66 hosted the twenty-third annual "All Scouting Outing." Over 50 scouts and parents from Troop 66 and cub scout Pack 166 attended the event, which included demonstrations of scout skills like campfire safety, knot tying, and plant identification.
The event is traditionally hosted by the boy scouts, and it is designed to give cub scouts their first taste of what it is like to be a boy scout. However, the event is not just for boy scouts and cub scouts.
"The All Scouting Outing is a celebration of scouting," said Dan Gooden, Scoutmaster of Troop 66. "Each year we invite all of the scouting organizations in Marcellus, including the girl scouts and venture crew, to come together to teach and learn scouting skills and to share their love of scouting."
"This is a big event for the cub scouts," said Brian Winoski, Cubmaster of Pack 166. "They really look up to the older scouts, and the older scouts enjoy sharing their knowledge with the younger guys. Plus, the Webelos get to stay over and camp out with the boy scouts, which for many of the cub scouts, is their first camping experience."
"I got to stay overnight last year because my brother was a Webelo, and it was really fun," said Kyle Quinlan, a bear scout in Pack 166. "I am definitely looking forward to staying over next year when I am a Webelo."
The event has been held at the Spinks Memorial Camp every fall since 1987.
"This is a great place to bring young scouts," said Ed Riefler, former Scoutmaster of Troop 66 and President of Marcellus Citizens, Inc. which owns the camp. "It has wooded camp sites for the older scouts and a wide open meadow for the younger guys. And it's not too far from home or town if there is a problem or a bout of homesickness."