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Free event will introduce scouting to Lower Valley families

GRANDVIEW - Archery, cooking and a monkey bridge are just some of the activities planned this coming Saturday, April 6, for the first-ever Scout-O-Rama to be held in the Lower Valley.

"The whole purpose is to introduce boys and their families who may not be aware of scouting," says Salvador Cobar, a cubmaster for the Chief Kamiakin District that includes an area ranging from Wapato to Prosser.

Cobar says the free event is an opportunity for families to get better acquainted with scouting and the opportunities it offers.

"Hopefully it will drive some new memberships," he said. "This is a very character-based organization."

Local Boy Scout troops will be on hand at Saturday's Scout-O-Rama, set to be held at the Grandview fairgrounds (site of the annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The scouts will provide displays that include camping, cooking, knot-tying, a monkey bridge, archery and even a trebuchet launcher.

"It's a great location in Grandview," says Ed Radder, a para-professional who oversees the Chief Kamiakin District.

He says the event is suitable for boys ages 6 or 7 all the way up to 17.

Radder, a retired Sunnyside police chief, said the boys should be accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent, and that families will need to provide their own lunches and refreshments during Scout-O-Rama.

"We'd also recommend they have water bottles so they can stay hydrated," Radder says.

He adds it would also be a good idea for families to provide energy snacks and a change of clothes for their boys in case they get wet during a water activity that will be held.

Given a recent rise in the popularity of archery among young people, Radder says there have been several requests for archery events. To that end, he said individuals in the local scouting organizations have been trained to provide archery instruction.

Like Cobar, Radder says the hope for this Saturday's Scout-O-Rama is to provide families a taste of scouting and its activities.

Further, Radder says families and boys who find they enjoy scouting this Saturday will be invited to an overnight Camporee next month at Crow Butte near Patterson.

That overnighter, he says, will feature activities that include canoeing.

For more information about the Scout-O-Rama in Grandview this Saturday or about scouting in general, contact Radder at 830-2033, Cobar at 840-4665 or Greg Robertson at 509-952-5602.

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