Selah Cub Scout Pack 276
Ahtanum State Forest Camp-out
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Adventures – Selah Community & Tourism.
On Thursday evening August 6th 2015, Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 set up camp at Ahtanum Meadows in the Ahtanum State Forest west of Yakima, Washington for a weekend Scout Camp-out and DNR volunteer opportunity.
The Scouts started off walking the Ahtanum Campground picking up trash in the camp sites and the North Fork Ahtanum Creek. Once the area was cleaned up, the Scouts built their tents. One tent was missing a pole, so the Scouts had to come up with an idea to make the tent stand up. They used sticks with bungees for the missing pole and one stick out front the hold up the rain cover.
After camp was set up and the Scouts had dinner, they set around the campfire playing games. There was a burn ban so the Scouts used a propane campfire which were allowed. Just after dark, the Scouts watched the International Space Station fly overhead. Then it was off to bed.
Friday the Cub Scouts started out playing in the North Fork Ahtanum Creek as they searched for a long stick for a flag pole. Once they got the flag up higher on the pole they found, they went for a swim in the creek. Later in the day the Scouts went for a hike around Ahtanum Meadows and then went swimming again.
Later that night after dinner the Scouts had smores and sang songs around the propane campfire. Then it was off to bed for the second night.
Saturday morning the Scouts started off with raising the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. Breakfast was next and then the trip up to hike Fall Creek. This was a long drive up Nasty Creek Road to get to the trail. Along the way the Scouts picked up trash. The Scouts hiked around Fall Creek for a few hours and then headed back to camp for lunch.
After lunch the Scouts went on a hike on the other side of creek from camp picking up trash along the way. They hiked to Ahtanum Campground and then took a hiking trail up Sedge Ridge to a place they could look down on their camp. The Scouts backtracked and then headed over to the ruins an old amphitheater. Once finding the ruins, the Scout picked up trash around the area and then hiked back to camp.
Back at camp the Cub Scouts cook their dinners on the camp stove. After dinner the Cub Scouts gathered around the propane campfire, made smores, sang songs, told camp stories, and then headed off to bed for the third night.
Sunday morning the Cub Scouts started off with raising the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. Next there was a pancake breakfast with bacon, sausage, and eggs made by the Scout Leaders and parents.
After breakfast most broke down there camps. A few took took another swim in the creek.
It was a very fun Cub Scout Camp Out.
There is another family camp-out and hiking trip next weekend off Chinook Pass.
For more information about Selah Cub Scout Pack 276:
Address: 105B South 1st Street, Selah, WA 98942
Phone: Cubmaster Clay Graham 509 833-4472
Here are some photos of the Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 Ahtanum Camp-out:
Photos by Michael Babcock
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