UP Boy Scout troops camp out

Published: May. 14, 2016 at 8:18 PM EDT
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Despite freezing temperatures outside, dozens of Boy Scouts from across the UP joined together for their annual spring camp out. Troops from Marquette to Houghton met in Champion this weekend for campfires, games, and bonding.

While Boy Scouts camped in tents throughout the weekend, younger Cub Scouts, aged 7 to 10, joined the fun during the day on Saturday to learn valuable skills from the older boys like fire and camping safety and even how to pop popcorn over a campfire.

"It's just awesome when we all get to come together and have so much fun," said Austin Curtis, a Boy Scout from Troop 364 out of Chatham. "Then when the Cub Scouts come, we can teach them about some of the things we do as Boy Scouts and everyone has a good time."

The annual camp out takes place each spring to not only unite the Boy Scout troops throughout the Upper Peninsula, but also to encourage young Cub Scouts to stick with the Boy Scout program as they grow older.