Cub Scouts camp: Of light sabers, rockets and slime


Among the awesome outdoor spaces in which to delve into adventure is Rooks Park, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Youngsters participating in the 2013 Pioneer District Cub Scout Space Camp did just that from June 25-27, said Bill Erickson in a release.

“The Cub Scouts braved downpours and hot sunny moments enthusiastically with smiles for a successful camp adventure,” he said.

The 89 Pioneer District Blue Mountain Council cubs constructed air and water rockets, space shuttles and space catapults; learned about first aid, astronomy and geology; participated in BB gun and archery events, nature study and the Yoda light saber obstacle course; and made space slime and leather crafts.

Service projects involved playground improvement and making dog collars for Blue Mountain Humane Society.

Help facilitating the camp were dozens of leaders, staff and volunteers from across the community, Bill said.

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of parents and community staff members who volunteered their time to be here to help make the camp a success,” said Judy Rooks, camp director.

Judy also serves as cubmaster of Pack 333.

And in that “it takes a village” vein, community support came from Doug’s Septic Service, Oxarc, Whitman College’s Angela Cota, geology, Scott Binder, rocket demonstration; BMHS’s Elaina Avery; Walla Walla Community College’s Frank Skorina, astronomy; Walla Walla Fire Department’s Ryan Fogg, first aid; and youth members Adrian Medina and Tanner LeDuc-Olson from Exploring Post 311.

Corps of Engineers Park Ranger Jeremy Nguyen and his park staff provided support and use of the park facilities.

They offered daily BB gun and archery range sessions managed by Al Sutlick, cubmaster of Pack 309 and assisted by adult leaders Dennis Bendixsen and Tom Butler.

Youth staff included Justin Seymour and Conner Ferguson, members of Boy Scout Troop 305; Luke Hedine and Brandon Rohde, members of the Walla Walla High School JROTC, and Nathan Tarbert and Andy Sutlick.

Participating Cub Scout Packs included Pack 303, sponsored by Walla Walla First Ward of the LDS Church; Pack 306, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Pack 309, Knights of Columbus; Pack 311, College Place Presbyterian Church; Pack 313, Dayton LDS Church; Pack 315, Milton-Freewater LDS Church; Pack 333, Walla Walla Second Ward LDS Church; Pack 343 and Walla Walla Third Ward LDS Church.

Cynthia Zuñiga Rubio received a $500 scholarship from Zonta Club of Walla Walla, according to member Betty Jane Selde.

Cynthia graduated this spring from Prescott High School, also earning an associate of arts degree from Walla Walla Community College’s Running Start program.

“Cynthia has not only excelled in her academic classes and in sports, but has been very active in community service, as well,” Betty Jane said.

Cynthia is a certified nursing assistant at Providence St. Mary Medical Center and plans to complete an ultrasound technology degree at Columbia Basin College.

Zonta International has worked for more than 90 years to advance the status of women worldwide through an international fellowship of women who share a common commitment to promoting and protecting women’s rights.

Zonta’s Walla Walla chapter was founded in 1953. For more information about local activities, call Betty Jane at 509-522-9439 or email For details about Zonta’s programs worldwide see

Discussion on local history ranged from early military life to wheat and onion farming, sheep ranching, business and other endeavors including the building of the region’s dams when St. Patrick’s High School Class of 1958 members celebrated their ties to the Walla Walla Valley during their 55th anniversary reunion June 28-30.

Among the attendees were nine women who started first grade together: Judy Ferris Bird, Louise Lucarelli Brown, Patti Criscola Lane, Patti Locati, Lorraine “ Lorrie” Rizzuti Toye, Elaine Heath Prentice, Barbara Fraser Hala, Peggy Baldwin Stalder and Sister Betty Schille.

Others present had joined the class in later grades: Stephanie Bruce Cobain, Carol Ladiges Parks, the Rev. Tom Caswell, Joe Schamer, Kathy Moro Walker, Mary Ann Hoare Balkenhol, Tony Elmenhurst, Martin Chabre and Bill Stonecipher.

Although Les and Connie Raschko of Las Vegas, Nev., were unable to attend, they made up for it by meeting with classmates in Walla Walla the preceding week, said Lorrie, who recapped the event.

The Rev. Charles Skok of Spokane, who as principal shepherded the class through most of high school, also attended and concelebrated Sunday Mass at St. Francis Catholic Church with the Rev. Tom Caswell.

Classmates were joined by their spouses, who, after 55 years of getting together, are considered honorary members, Lorrie said.

Some who attended weren’t classmates, but “have a shared loyalty with the Walla Walla High School Class of 1958 (and) all retain the closest of friendships based on early years spent together at St. Patrick’s grade and high schools.”

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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