Cub Scout Day Camp provides new experiences for at-risk youth

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At Camp Boddie in Beaufort County, dozens of children spent their day at Cub Scout Day Camp.

It is a day for local at-risk youth to make friends and experience new things.

Activities included archery, shooting BB guns and learning about animals.

There are 7,000 scouts across the East.

Scouts of America started the program four years ago to give at-risk youth scouting skills like problem solving, leadership and teamwork.

Scouts of America partners with Boys and Girls Clubs across the East for the day camp.

Scout executive Doug Brown said some of the experiences may be brand new to the first through fifth graders.

He said the goal is to make scouting available for all youth in the East regardless of socioeconomic background.

“Over 85 percent of these scouts come from single parent families,” Brown said. “A lot of those parents are working multiple jobs just to make ends meet, and so this gives them an opportunity to do things they otherwise wouldn’t have the experience to do.”  

Brown said he hopes the day camp teaches the children new things and opens doors to opportunities for them in the future.

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