Fun in the (chilly) sun

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - BY JAMES HALPIN StAff writer Con­tact the writer: [email protected]­i­zensvoice.com; 570-821-2058

WILKES-BARRE — Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple braved freez­ing tem­per­a­tures Satur­day to par­tic­i­pate in the Two Moun­tains Me­dieval Win­ter Fun Day at Kirby Park.

The an­nual event, or­ga­nized by the North­east Penn­syl­va­nia Coun­cil of the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica, was held from 10a.m.to2p.m.

“Last year it was a di­nosaur theme, and this year it was me­dieval,” said Car­men Ci­ampi, vice chair­man of pro­gram­ming for the Two Moun­tains Dis­trict, which has scouts through­out the Wyoming Val­ley. “So it’s re­ally just a good event for the kids to come out and have a good time and get ready for sum­mer camp — Cub Scout camp — be­cause this is actu- ally the theme for camp also.”

The event was ex­pected to draw be­tween 400 and 500 peo­ple through­out the day, he said.

We­be­los scouts par­tic­i­pated in an out­doors chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion, test­ing their skills in ar­eas such as shel­ter build­ing and knot-ty­ing.

For other young scouts, or­ga­niz­ers set up sta­tions with games and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing shots, bowl­ing, shoot­ing paper sling- plate shield-mak­ing, javelin throw- ing, horse­back joust­ing and blind vol­ley­ball, Ci­ampi said.

“It’s just a good day to get the kids out in the park and have a good time,” Crew 461 Ad­viser Sheila Ben­der said.

Although the day was cold, the weather stayed dry for the event.

“Ac­tu­ally it’s nice,” Ben­der said. frozen “I’m up. glad We’ve the ground done is it be­fore where it has been re­ally muddy, and we’ve done it when there’s been lots of snow and ice. So this is re­ally a good day. A lit­tle cold, but if you’re run­ning around it’s warm.”

Sharon Kal­in­chok, of Conyn­g­ham, went to the event with her grand­daugh­ter Gabby, who is in­volved with Pack 781 in Moun­tain Top. Gabby was busy Satur­day morn­ing at­tempt­ing to catch metal fish with a mag­ne­tized fish­ing pole.

“She’s hav­ing a great time with all of her other scouts,” Kal­in­chok said. “It’s cold, but I’m get­ting through it. That’s what grand­moth­ers do.”

CHRISTO­PHER DOLAN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Katie Hart­mann, 7, of Har­veys Lake, throws a pool noo­dle through a Hula hoop at the North­east Penn­syl­va­nia Coun­cil of the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica Two Moun­tains Me­dieval Win­ter Fun Day in Wilkes-Barre on Satur­day.

Michael Ha­jkowski, 7, of Dal­las, gets ready to launch a bas­ket­ball at card­board boxes at the North­east Penn­syl­va­nia Coun­cil of the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica Two Moun­tains Me­dieval Win­ter Fun Day at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre on Satur­day.

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