CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Billy, a Wolf Cub Scout, never had the chance to shoot a BB gun or a bow before he went to the Buckskin Council Day Camp for Cub Scouts.
After practicing hard for days, Billy left the camp with a "top shot" bronze medal.
"The joy he and his parents felt at the campfire ceremony when Billy received his medal may not have occurred if it wasn't for the scholarship he received that made it possible to attend camp," Buckskin Council administrator Jonathan Stevens said.
The Buckskin Council provides a day camp for Cub Scouts in 19 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. The camp is open to boys entering first through fifth grades.
During the four-day camps, which are held from June until August, campers take part in shooting sports, swimming, crafts, campfire building and camp cooking. The scouts can earn many awards during the camp, including rank advancement, the outdoor activity award, belt loops and the "leave no trace" award.
Buckskin offers a total of 12-day camps, two Cub Scout president camps and two Boy Scout president camps. Buckskin leaders hope to provide scholarships for 160 children.
"The Buckskin Council's scholarship program offers scouts of all ages the opportunity to attend outdoor activities that otherwise their families may not be able to afford," Stevens said.
To help a child attend this camp or others like it, mail your donation to the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston W.Va 25301. To donate online, visit www.wvgazette.com and look for the camp fund logo,
Every penny donated goes to camp scholarships. The Charleston Gazette covers all administrative costs.
Reach Zac Taylor at zachary.tay...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.