The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 7, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Gobblers banquet set for Saturday


The members of the Buffalo Valley Sportsmen's Club have hosted this event for the past few decades. These members are the people who provide the scouts and their leaders with a warm lunch and much more hospitality. Dozens of the members serve as the derby instructors and judges. The prediction of snow for Friday evening should make for a great event.

In addition to winter camping, the scouts build "sleds" that they push from station-to-station during Saturday's derby. These stations test the scouts' knowledge of knots, maps, first aid and problem solving. The scouts learn winter survival techniques and how to rescue a person who has broken through the ice on the pond. Nature identification and safe rifle and shotgun shooting are also taught. This would be a great activity to visit with a young person who is thinking about joining the Boy Scouts or Venturers. By the way, Venture Crews are co-ed so don't leave the girls at home. Winter camping is a hoot for both boys and girls.


Speaking of winter, I wanted to remind you that Snow Fest 2013 will run from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the R.B. Winter State Park.

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