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It seems that whenever you have multiple watercraft on a calm lake there is bound to be an impromptu challenge. That is certainly what this photo appears to record. The winner of this contest has no real importance; it's the fun of the competition that counts.

Chester Cub Scout pack already on the move

A sunny day and smooth lake surface simply add to the fun and beauty of a day on Lake Fleischmann on Oct. 7. Some 14 Scouts along with siblings and parents all got to enjoy a day of canoeing and a mid-day barbeque that for several was their first Scout outing. Photos by Gregg Scott

The whole idea of Scouting is to give young people an opportunity to have new experiences and to learn life skills that will last a lifetime.

Most of the basic areas for character development are based on the Scout Law: “A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”

It is said that when John Wayne was asked about his take on the Scout Law he replied, “Words to live by, not just memorize.”

Another important part of learning, especially for Scouts, is to have lots of fun while they’re learning.

The new Chester Cub Scout Pack 36 had a chance to do just that Oct. 7 as they joined Scouts from Troop 36 along with Cubs and Scouts from Pack and Troop 151 from Quincy for a day of canoeing at Camp Fleischman.

After taking some photos for use by the Council Office, the Scouts unpacked five or six canoes and a paddleboat to launch on the thermal spring-fed Fleischmann Lake.

No outing is complete without some hearty food to fuel the active Scouts, so hamburgers, hot dogs and polish dogs were the order of the day to fill those hungry souls, youth and adult.

While sitting on the back deck of Camp Fleischmann’s dining hall the aroma of the barbeque smoke, along with the fresh mountain air, certainly enhances the taste of what some may call basic fare. To be sure that fare of about 20 hamburgers, half dozen Polish dogs and at least two dozen hot dogs disappeared along with various chips and other snacks in very rapid succession.

Then back to the lake for another hour or two of upper body exercise and it was time to pack up and head back to their respective towns.

Pack 36 has scheduled its first “official” pack meeting for 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Anyone interested in signing up their first- thru fifth-grade child can contact Cubmaster Faith Dean through the Chester/Lake Almanor Cub Scout Pack 36 Facebook page.

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