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Scouts practice shooting skills

A Cub Scout fires an arrow in the archery range. John Mills photo A Cub Scout fires an arrow in the archery range. John Mills photo

After a weeklong virtual campout in July, Cub Scouts from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties converged at Camp Daniel Boone in Haywood County Sunday, Aug. 23, for Shooting Sports Day — an afternoon of hiking, fishing and target practice with BB guns and bows and arrows. 

The event was carefully controlled to comply with public health guidelines, and the Cub Scouts will continue to use virtual events, such as an online Family Fun Fest slated for Sept. 22. However, when parents and volunteers feel it’s safe, meetings and activities will be held in person in accordance with local, state and national guidelines. Planning is currently underway for a Cub-Parent Weekend this fall at Camp Daniel Boone. 

Cub Scouts is open to boys and girls ages 5-10 or in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Youth ages 11 to 17 can join Scouts BSA. Learn more at www.danielboonecouncil.org/join.

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