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Pack 1673's summer camp fun included hands-on archaeology

Cub Scout Pack 1673 had a great time in August at Camp William B. Snyder, in Haymarket, Va. Cubmaster Kevin Stroud; and his son, Michael, went with other Tigers and Webelos, and their families for the Pack's highly anticipated summer activity.

Camp Snyder is owned and operated by the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. The 350-acre camping and outdoor experience is in its third year of operation. The camp offers themed program areas that feature an American Indian village, a sailing ship, a Western-style fort and a "big dig" archaeological site.

This year's summer camp theme was Super Heroes. The camp counselors transformed themselves into super heroes — much to the delight of the Scouts. The boys went on a big dig to experience some hands-on archaeology, and also enjoyed swimming and craft activities.

They earned belt loops in archery and BB gun shooting, and some of the parents were surprised to learn their kids were good shots.

Cub Scout Pack 1673 meets in West Laurel and welcomes boys interested in joining the Scouts. For more information, call Cubmaster Kevin Stroud at 301-490-2969.

School began last week but it was interrupted by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which hasn't occurred in this area for about 100 years, and a hurricane named Irene that caused mayhem in her path and also closed schools this week. Many of our West Laurel homes had no electricity, and the wind was mighty and the rain came down heavily and horizontally.

All night long, our roof was pelted with acorns and debris, presumably from the trees. Some trees came down, but all-in-all, we fared well and are thankful for that.

Bond Mill Elementary's back-to-school night for kindergarten, first grade and second grade is Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. Back-to-school night for third, fourth and fifth grades will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m., in the multipurpose room.

These nights are a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Bond Mill Elementary, the very active PTO and classroom teachers.

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