Cub Scouts gather clues, life lessons at Camp

Times Observer photos by Brian Ferry Warren County Detective Tom Kibbey (left) with K9 Dina and Conewango Township Police Officer Scott Neiswonger with K9 Nic get ready for a photo opp after a presentation and demonstration Friday at Cub Scout Camp on Fox Hill Road in Pine Grove Township.

There was a mystery to solve at Cub Scout Camp.

The Trustworthy Charter was missing in a place surrounded by people who list trustworthy at the top of their oath. There were several suspects.

All weekend, the 40 or so Cub Scouts – boys and girls – from all over Warren County at camp on Fox Hill Road in Pine Grove Township gathered and evaluated clues.

Of course, they also partook of more traditional Scout activities.

Stations on Friday included a forest scavenger hunt, the forge, team building, BB gun range, and archery range.

Cub Scouts (from left) Ethan Zimmerman, Andrew Gausman, and LIlyanna Berkhous learn about a forge and smithing from blacksmith Ernie Crawford.

There were also special presentations and events.

“They’re learning code-cracking, how to look for clues,” Dr. Ruth Barnes Shaw said from the general store in the 1890s town — Trustworthy. “They learned about their fingerprints.”

They had to work their way out of an escape room.

A big-city detective — John Shaughnesy — came to Trustworthy to investigate.

And, local law enforcement agents also pitched in.

Cub Scouts Mason Gentz (front) and Camryn Branstrom assist in the flag ceremony during closing ceremonies.

Helping the Scouts investigate the mystery were Warren County Detective Tom Kibbey and K9 Dina and Conewango Township Police Officer Scott Neiswonger and K9 Nic.

The officers talked about their work and answered questions about the dogs.

Some of the students and adults spent the night at the camp.

Others went home after closing activities each evening. The color guard lowered and folded the flags for the night.

After four days of investigating, there was good news.

Boy Scout Lincoln Olsen (center) helps Cub Scouts Zane Getner (left) and Camryn Branstrom learn about codebreaking.

There had been no theft. The Charter had simply been taken for restoration.

Bill Massa of the Allegheny Outdoor Club talks to Cub Scouts about the importance of drinking water.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Cub Scout Ian Lewis holds his bow at full draw Friday at the archery station at Cub Scout Camp on Fox Hill Road in Pine Grove Township.


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