First Cub Camporall to demonstrate what scouting is in a fun, educational event for community

Scouting event to offer fun, educational experience for community

By ALICIA BALOG | Staff writer Published:

Community members can experience what life is like as a Boy Scout at the first Cub Camporall at Kent State University's Field House by Dix Stadium Friday and Saturday.

"When people think about scouting, they think of scouting and it's walking an old lady across the street," said Ken Focazio, district commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America Seneca District. "Do we still do that? Of course, we try to do a good deed every day. That's the goal. But there's a lot more to scouting."

The two-day event is to give the community the chance to learn more about scouting while having fun, Focazio said.

"This is a great opportunity to answer that question, 'You know I always wanted to learn more about scouting' and this is the place to do it," Focazio said. "You'll definitely get a great idea because there's going to be boy scouts out there leading events for the public. There will be cub scouts participating, and there will be a lot of adults out there that can share with you their experience with scouting."

Focazio has been organizing the event for more than a year and said the biggest issue with planning the event was finding a location with the facilities to house a few hundred people until KSU provided the field house free of charge.

Focazio said they hope to see 200 to 300 people attend the event.

The cost for cubs and their families for both Friday night and Saturday is $8 per person, and the costs for any guests for Saturday, which includes the lunch, is $5 per person. If someone just wants to attend the Saturday events without having lunch, there is no charge, Focazio said.

On Friday night. Focazio said the university's ROTC will help the boys build model rockets that they will shoot off during lunch on Saturday.

There will be six events on Saturday, three from 9 a.m. to noon and three from 1 to 4 p.m. with lunch in between.

Focazio said the events include an American Indian dance troupe from Boy Scout Troop 74 in Akron, a tour of Kent State's solar facility, a nature walk, a rope bridge, a demonstration of how to set up and break down of a tent and a local Civil War group to show what life was like during that time.

"There's fun for sure involved, but also there's a lot of it that has to educating and training and teaching boys," Focazio said.

People can still register for the events on Saturday beginning at 7:30 a.m. to make sure people have time to join one of three groups for each session.

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde and the mayors of Kent and Ravenna are scheduled to attend the event and show their support, Focazio said. The mayors will start off the events Saturday by speaking at 8:30 a.m.

Alex Stavros, district executive of the Seneca District, said the Friday night events are more for the cub scouts while the Saturday events are more community oriented.

"Even people that aren't affiliated with scouts can come out to participate," Stavros said.

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