Andersen hosts island-wide Boy Scout camp
36th Wing Public Affairs -- Andersen hosts island-wide Boy Scout camp
By Airman 1st Class Mariah Haddenham
36th Wing Public Affairs
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam- Andersen Air Force Base hosted the Boy Scouts of America Chamorro District's annual Boy Scout Summer Camp June 17-22, using various beaches on base as camp sites.
During the six-day camp, 81 scouts took part in activities such as hiking, setting up their camp sites, learning Oceanography, making arrowheads, rifle shooting, first aid and learning water life-saving skills.
The scouts earned more than 400 merit badges, with the help of 26 adult volunteers. There were also six scouts who completed the final requirements they needed to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
"School is out and we take this opportunity to teach our scouts and take them on outings," said 1st Lt. Brian Slater, 36th Security Forces Squadron assistant operations officer and assistant scout master. "We put emphasis on outdoor activities and explain that being outside and trying new things can be rewarding, especially with the alternatives that kids are now presented with, such as sitting inside playing video games all day."
In addition to giving the scouts a chance to work on merit badges, the camp focused on character development centering on traits that help build future successful leaders.
"We have discussions as groups about core values, what they mean, and how to apply them at camp during our activities and why it is important to instill these values in ourselves," said Airman 1st Class Lucas Southern, 36th SFS dedicated gate guard and camp volunteer.
The camp was put together and hosted by Troop 20, the base's Boy Scout troop. Southern said they did it as a way to not only bring the various troops from around the island together, but also as a way to strengthen Andersen's ties to the local community. He also said the camp was a success.
"The kids had a blast with the variety of activities that we planned out and it was good for these kids to get out of the house and experience everything that the island of Guam has to offer them this summer," Southern said.