Monday, January 28, 2008

Pack 205 explores Native People's culture

On a beautiful Saturday at Camp Bayou, 15 cub scouts from Riverviews's pack 205 learned how the native people in the area made their living long ago. They even learned how archaeologists today do some of their work. The program began with a simulated archaeological dig where the kids carefully dug and sifted through sand to uncover pieces of pottery which they gathered together, cleaned and glued back together to discover their 'artifact'.
They then took a tour of the re-created indian camp and learned how the native people used the resources from their natural surroundings for food, shelter and tools.
After a short lunch break, the kids learned how to do traditional crafts such as pottery making and weaving. The final activity created a 'medicine' bag- a leather bundle containing an object that the kids looked for on a short trail walk through the uplands- as a remembrance of their trip to Camp Bayou.

If you are interested in this program for your scouts or class, contact Dolly at or call 813-363-5438. Don't forget our other educational programs from the Nature Center and the Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum. For more information about Camp Bayou, visit our website at .

Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR 674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. Camp Bayou is a partnership between the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation.


Noah Galdona shows his 'artifact' that was found in many pieces and carefully reconstructed

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