Programs and Activities
Here is a sample of some of the exciting programs offered at Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp each summer!
Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp offers some great programs for all of our Cub Scouts. Take a look at some of the things the boys will be doing at camp. If you are going into 4th or 5th grade, scroll down to the bottom for information on additional features of our Buckskin Program for Webelos Scouts. You may also want to view a sample weekly schedule. (Some programs may vary each year).
Join us for a Wild West Adventure this summer. Each week will have a different focus with varied crafts, sports, and activities:
Scouts get to participate in raising the American flag and the New Jersey state flag on our camp’s flagpoles. Scouts recite the Cub Scout Promise and yell the Cub Scout Motto - Do Your Best!!
Archery is a popular activity. At the archery range, our nationally certified staff teaches proper archery safety and shooting techniques. Arm guards are provided for all archers. Scouts shoot against against traditional targets at age appropriate distances. We even offer compound bows. Everyone will be able to earn the Archery belt loop.
This is always one of the favorite programs for the boys. Scouts are instructed on the parts of the gun as well as safety. Safety goggles are worn at all times and Scouts are supervised by a certified range officer. By the end of the week, Scouts will have successfully fulfilled the requirements for the BB shooting belt loop. (View statement on BB Guns at camp).
Cubmobiles are gravity powered cars that the Cubs race themselves. Some have called it a life size pinewood derby. Helmets are now provided and required for all racers on our newly finished track. Feel free to bring your own bicycle helmet.
Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp sits on the 25 acre Lake Surprise. All Cub Scouts have the opportunity for boating on the lake. They learn about water safety, PFDs, the buddy system, and proper rowing techniques. Non-swimmers are accompanied by staff. In 2012 we added Coleman Scanoes, a hybrid canoe and skiff that were a great hit. Everyone must wear a life jacket at the lake. Certified lifeguards supervise the lake area.
Lake Surprise also provides some great opportunities for fishing. We provide bamboo poles, live bait and barbless hooks so don't bring your own. Everyone will have lots of opportunities to catch a fish. You will also be able to earn the fishing belt loop.
Each week our Scouts are taken by bus to a nearby swim club for a half day of swimming fun. At the pool, the boys are grouped by ability and the buddy system is strictly enforced. Scouts have plenty of time for free swim and have the opportunity to visit the pool's snack bar subject to availability. Please bring a bagged lunch on pool days. Do not count on the snack bar for lunch.
for 2014, this program area takes advantage of our Wild West Adventure theme. Planned activities include "milking" cows, lassoing steers, taking a ride on the bucking bronco raceway, learning about the Native Americans and playing some cowboy games. Everyone will have a rootin' tootin' good time. Campers are encouraged to come in costume on Friday for the Armadillo Rodeo.
Scouts return to their den tables under our wooden pavilion and enjoy a nationally mandated hour rest period to eat lunch together. Please bring a bagged lunch every day. After lunch, the Cubs can visit our trading post that sells a variety of Hershey's ice cream novelties and a variety of healthy snacks.
Everyone gets to use our huge inflatable waterslide. It is a great way for Scouts to cool down when the temperature rises outside. Don't forget your bathing suit and a towel. Cubs are always very excited about our giant waterslide!!!
Sports are a very important part of the Cub Scouting program. They are also a big part of the Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp program. The boys get to play different sports and games each week. Earning sports belt loops and having a great time doing it, make this program area another favorite! In the past, Sports have included kickball, flag football, soccer and whiffle ball among others.
Aquatic Games and Challenges
This program gives Cubs and their den leaders a chance to have some fun and cool off during hot summer days.
Trailside Nature and Science Center
Scouts take a weekly visit to this wonderful air conditioned museum. There is so much to do at this interactive and fun learning experience! Activities include viewing natural history exhibits; visiting the discovery room; studying live reptiles and fish; and observing phosphorescent minerals in the dark. In addition, the Trailside naturalists will offer special special nature programs for our campers each week.
In addition to the Trailside Nature and Science Center, the Watchung Reservation offers Scouts the opportunity to study nature and the world around them like no other place! With almost two dozen miles of hiking trails, Scouts take nature hikes, explore rock formations, and view erosion problems on the reservation. They also have the chance to catch and observe butterflies, insects and amphibians. These are returned back to their native habitat at the end of the period.
Rock Throwing Range
Rock throwing is never allowed at camp - except at our rock throwing range! Introduced at Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp in 2012, this quickly became a favorite activity for many of the Cubs. Scouts throw rocks in our themed rock throwing range at a variety of targets. A trained range official oversees the program.
A day at camp is not complete without a visit to the Scoutcraft area. Here, Scouts learn such skills as proper knife safety, first aid, knots and outdoor cooking.
The playground features five different slides, one of which may be the tallest, steepest slide in the area. There is plenty of climbing equipment including two heavy-duty rope walls and a fantastic, tall, rock wall formation. Six big kid swings hang along the back side of this section. A full row of tunnels, caves, bouncy bridges, ladders, lookouts, drums and steering wheels make this a playground dream.
The craft area is a great place for the boys to show their creative side. The Cubs get to make several projects each week. Each week the projects are different. Many are related to the summer's theme. Completed projects are taken home with the boys.
Each day we have a closing ceremony. The Cubs retire the colors, learn to fold the American flag properly, and get ready to go home to rest up for another great day at camp!
This is a special program for all Webelos Scouts going into 4th or 5th grade. Webelos will automatically be placed in the Buckskin program when they register for camp. Webelos will learn some of the Scout skills needed for their future career as Boy Scouts.
You will also participate in more challenging age appropriate activities and have the opportunity to work on requirements for some of the Webelos activity badges. Each week, Webelos get a chance to take a short hike or canoe trip to special locations in the Watchung Reservation.
Webelos will have more opportunities for working on requirements toward Webelos Activity Badges in 2014:
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