Cub Scouts fuel up for a day of fun by filing past Francis, a Big Boy statue outside the dining pavilion that’s dressed as a Cub Scout and holding a hamburger. (Francis is iconic in the Greater Cincinnati region.) And they’ll need that food to keep going, because there’s a lot of fun to be had at Cub World Adventure Camp in Loveland, Ohio.
There is a long tradition of Cub Scout camping in the Dan Beard Council. The council hosted the first Cub Scout resident camp program in the BSA in 1973. That tradition continues at Cub World Adventure Camp today.
This summer, the pandemic forced Cub Scouts to stay home. Normally, though, Cub Scouts enjoy long weekends of swimming, archery, shooting BB guns, fishing and nature hikes. They stay overnight in either a wooden pioneer fort, a medieval stone castle or canvas tents in two campsites: one on a hillside, the other near a gold-mining creek.
These sites aren’t just for sleeping — the castle and fort have plenty of room for activities — plus a couple of turrets, which are the perfect places for games and crafts. At other sites around camp, Cub Scouts can enjoy gaga ball, basketball and volleyball, as well as fishing, swimming and hiking. Plans are to add a bouldering wall soon.
Is your Cub Scout not yet ready for a weekend away from home? Family overnighters offer an open style of programming during other times of the year, so the whole family can take part in the camp adventures, including a staff-led campfire program. The camp also hosts an annual Halloween family event called Spook-O-Ree, complete with a haunted castle, hayrides, games, mazes and a costume contest.
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Photos by Chris Beachamp.