I am sure every cub returned from the Boot Camp exhausted but exhilirated!
Camp opened with Grand Howl with cubs from the Benoni and Airport Districts.
To ensure that the cubs got to know the area, an Orienteering Game was planned. This was such a great game whereby pairs of cubs were handed a piece of paper with numbers on them. These numbers corresponded to areas in the army camp and next to each number was written a name. Example: the cubs would run up to the ablution area and there would be number "3. Oscar" or "6. Tanga". The cubs had to write these all down and then take the first letter of each word to form a sentence ...... which was "Do Your Best".
3 stooges from 9th Benoni
The army pitched all the tents for us!
Playing the Orienteering Game.
We then divided into our different squadrons and set up bases for the day.
Base 1 - cubs had to make bombs for their war. These were to be placed in their "trommel" and they had to look after these all day.
Base 2 - Dog Tags. This is such a brilliant idea! Lead is cut into lengths and each cub had to cut off 2 small pieces. We had letters of the alphabet which the cubs used to print their name on the one dog tag and on the other they put their squadron name. These they hung on bath plug chain.
Base 3 - was a compass base ....
.... which the cubs loved!
I was "responsible" for the Delta squadron - and here they are - great guys!
Just before lunch break, the cubs needed to "stash some grenades" - this was the normal egg and spoon race but with marbles - in relay formation. The winner was the one with the most grenades.
James said a wonderful grace before lunch.
Next on the agenda, it was the army, the leaders versus the cubs ..... and guess who won?
He is one of the cubs enjoying the "foofie slide"
... another 'foofie slider'
We had one other base where the cubs were shown how to take a rifle apart and told about all the safety precautions of using a gun.
Each squadron was given a huge "catapult" and made full use of all their ammunition.
Enjoying a hearty meal
After supper a huge flare was sent up (see below) to indicate to the cubs that it was time to go and get their camp fire blankets plus dress warmly. Being the end of May, it is really chilly at night here.
The cubs were lines up and seated and with huge eyes and attentive ears, everyone listened to what the army guys had to say.
Time for army PT ... and learning how to do a few push ups!
Part of the exercise was to run the perimeter of the grounds and bring back a 2 foot stick of about 1 inch in diameter. Well, this cub thought he meter 2 metre "stick".
..... and on closer inspection we noticed the beauty of this "stick" which the army then decided to keep in a place of honour.
Cubs are lined up in relay formation. One cub is blindfolded and one cub stands opposite him. The blindfolded cub has to navigate his way through the minefield with his buddy shouting out instruction "keep left, little right, keep straight, etc" While they were doing this the army were letting off crackers so it sounded just like bombs going off!
If a cub lands on a mine (kicks a bottle) he has lost a leg and needs to continue by hopping. If he hits another mine, he loses both legs and must then crawl to the other side.
Once there the other cub runs back and goes to the end of the line and the next cub up gets a turn to cross the mine field.
We had many laughs during this game!
Once we had collected up all our "injured", the cubs did some "extreme surgery" and then carried them back to "hospital".
More help needed..
It was nearly home time! Cubs changed back into their uniforms and we transported them - army style - across the road to another facility where we, once again set up bases.
Base 2 - the cubs played 'army bingo' and Base 3 was a tour of an army museum.
Each cub was awarded his "badge" at the end of the camp .....
Great fun was had by all...
Until next time
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