Cub Scouts explore paniolo country

KAPA‘A — Frontierland was the theme for this year’s Cub Scout Day Camp held recently at the Farias Cattle Ranch in Kapa‘a.

It was a day filled with fun and adventure, Mapuana Hoopii, the Day Camp program director, said in an email.

Kaua‘i Cub Scouts gather in June each year. They meet other scouts and work on achievements — some of which can only be earned at Day Camp. This year Day Camp was held two days.

The boys hiked and completed an obstacle course; they learned to rope by professional cowboys; they did leather work, each completing an arrowhead necklace; they did archery, actually shooting with a bow and arrow (this achievement can only be earned at Day Camp); they cooked, making fried biscuits that were eaten on the plains by cowboys of old (this they enjoyed with honey and butter); they made Indian dream catchers; they learned to line dance and were able to entertain the mayor over dinner; and they cooled off the day with a water slide (largest on the island), according to Hoopii.

Day Camp ended with a paniolo dinner. Cub Scouts and their families enjoyed huli huli beef, baked beans, biscuits, and tossed salad. The boys entertained their parents with skits and also did a cowboy line dance.

The evening came to a close with a surprise visit from Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.

He spoke to the boys and sang an American hymn.

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