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Oklahoma's Robbers Cave State Park opens new Scout camps

Scouting tradition revived at Robbers Cave State Park in southeast Oklahoma.
BY DANIEL PARKS Modified: January 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm •  Published: January 26, 2013

Both campgrounds have been well-received, and 2013 looks to be a banner year. Even in these cold winter months, we've had Scouts vying for camping space at Eagles Nest. On the weekend of Jan. 19, Boy Scout Troops 76 and 222 came from the Tulsa area for a winter camping experience.

In December, when the night temperatures dropped to 21 degrees, Troop 15 came from Oklahoma City for a cold weather excursion. While I was sitting by my warm fire at home, I thought about those kids and shivered at the prospect. I was gratified to discover they were alive and well the next morning and exuberant about their experiences.

But that's what Scouting is all about. The mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

It's no wonder Carlton Weaver loved the Boy Scouts, and we can all be glad he had the vision to create a place for them at what has since become Robbers Cave State Park. And now the tradition continues with our new Scout campgrounds, and what a wonderful tradition it is.

Daniel Parks works as evening park attendant at Robbers Cave State Park. He is also the volunteer Scout camp coordinator and writes a column about the park.