Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts carry a giant American flag down Safford’s Main Street to lead the Gila Valley Fourth of July Parade.

SAFFORD — Eastern Arizona College Discovery Park Campus will host the Fall STEM Camporee on Oct. 18-19, 2019.

Scout troops with boys ages 11-18 and Webelo Scouts from cub packs (10 and 11 years old) with a parent are encouraged to attend this free event.

Friday will begin at 7 p.m. with a short campfire, followed by some evening stargazing featuring astronomy professor David Morris and his students as they provide a glimpse of the universe through telescopes. Mark and Jackie Madsen will take scouts through Discovery Park’s new planetarium, and the Desert Skygazers will be on hand to help view the night sky.

Saturday morning will commence with an opening flag ceremony at 7:40 a.m., followed by some exciting activities. Duane DeSpain and Joel Shelton will provide an opportunity for scouts to demonstrate their fire building techniques by starting a fire without matches and building that fire strong enough to burn a string tied between two poles.

Dr. Nathan Cline and Aaron Burk will provide activities on native plants and animals, with scouts interacting with frogs, snakes and turtles, and viewing a live Gila monster.

There will be an opportunity for scouts to learn CPR using mannequins, and additional activities will include geology along with flag raising and flag etiquette, and a team obstacle course that might include blindfolds and cooking.

Registration is free but must be completed online so plans can be made to accommodate all who will attend. Scout leaders and parents can register at Each participating scout and leader will receive a commemorative patch.

For further details contact Phil McBride at 928-965-1574 or by e-mail at

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