Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Cub Camp - Day 2 of 4

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s+joined+in+and+the+boys+split+ranks+to+deal+with+the+new+foes.+The+ %27s+swords+were+passed+from+hand+to+hand+pretty+frequently...but+that+just+meant+more+dads+could+join+in+the...fun%3F%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cdiv+style%3D%22text-align%3A+center%3B%22%3E%3Cobject+id%3D%22BLOG_video-5704650cf23850a5%22+class%3D%22BLOG_video_class%22+contentid%3D%225704650cf23850a5%22+width%3D%22320%22+height%3D%22266%22%3E%3C%2Fobject%3E%0D%0A%3Cdiv+style%3D%22text-align%3A+left%3B%22%3E%0D%0A%3C%2Fdiv%3E%3C%2Fdiv%3EIt+was+a+really+fantastic+night.+The+organization+and+level+of+planning+that+went+into+this+is+evident%3B+there+are+some+fantastic+Cub+leaders+around+my+city.+I+can%27t+wait+for+Wednesday+night%21

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