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October 15, 2013 > It takes a Viking Village to raise a Cub Scout

It takes a Viking Village to raise a Cub Scout

Submitted By Radhika Munshani

Every year, a troop from the Fremont Mission Peak Scout district is picked to host a camping extravaganza for Webelos/Cub Scouts. This year it was Troop 103Õs turn. Troop 103 Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) Kunal Munshani, a sophomore student at Irvington High school and Scout Master Paul Androwsky organized the event. From May 18-20, Camp Los Mochos, near Livermore, was converted to ÒViking WoodsÓ for 272 attendees.

Viking signs identified sleeping areas, activity sites, registration, etc. Troop 103 scouts and adults greeted visitors in their finest Viking costumes. Each Patrol wore different colored Tunics accented with rope belts, helmets, wrist wraps, ankle wraps and cloaks; every Viking held a colorful shield and Òweapon.Ó As guests arrived, each was issued a name tag in English and Rune (Viking Language).

A massive shield with a painting of a Viking that closely resembled Scout Master Paul Androwsky greeted attendees at the central stage. Troop 103, led by SPL Munshani carried a Viking boat to the stage for the opening flag ceremony. Then, Troop 103, in full Viking gear, charged toward the cub scouts and their parents taking them by surprise - Viking Woods had begun!

Viking Woods included 10 smaller group activities and three for the entire camp, all run by scouts. It was amazing to see 54 Boy Scouts running this camp Ð they seemed to have matured overnight! One activity tasked Weblos to build boats of cardboard and duct tape, which they later rowed in the Baltic Sea (swimming pool). Additional activities included: ThorÕs Hammer throw, Tomahawk Throw, Goblins Web, Walk the Plank, Minefield, Clan Duel and many more.

On the final day of camp, Scouts made sure to ÒLeave no Trace,Ó leaving the campsite in better condition than when they arrived. At the closing ceremony, awards were issued and each pack was called to the fire pit, where they were given a sword with a solemn declaration: ÒIn the name of Thor, Oding and Loki, I pronounce thee Viking.Ó

Viking Camp demonstrated leadership and teamwork at its best. It did take a Viking Village to raise a Cub Scout.

Troop 103 would like to thank Peter Delang, Cory Carter (kitchen), Ed Prophet (medical/first aid), Scout Master Paul Androwsky, Assistant Scout Madam/Master Janis Tipton-King, Committee Chairperson Jim Fahl, Pat Muldoon (Scorekeeper), Lynn Feltner and Eileen Mack (registration, badges, awards) and many other adults who helped make Viking Woods a success.

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Radhika Munshani is a 7th grade student at Stratford School in Fremont. She accompanied Troop 103 as a reporter and conducted interviews with the participants. She is the sister of Senior Patrol Leader Kunal Munshani.

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