MISSOULA, Mont. - Cannon fire kicked off a day of fun and learning for 90 lucky Missoula area Cub Scouts Friday at Fort Missoula.
The 7- to 11-year-olds were there for their annual patriotic-themed camp with a special civil war re-enactment. The camp also included shooting BB guns, learning about archery and making tin can lanterns.
"I think it's going to be like the olden days, and they are going to do a lot stuff and teach us a lot of stuff," said Wyatt Limb.
"I am looking forward to shooting the BB guns and bows," said Timbur Nelson.
Scouts learned how to load a cannon, march in line and hold muskets under the supervision of the civil war re-enactors, who were portraying the First United States Infantry Company H.
"We set up our encampments and our white canvas and get out our muzzle-loaded rifles," said Thomas Huether, a senior district executive for the Boy Scouts of America and a re-enactor, "and it's a completely foreign concept for them. They may have read snippets in history books, but when it comes to life in front of them, they get excited."
Huether said Company H was raised in 1864 and was composed of former confederates, prisoners of war and had union commanders based in Montana.
Camp directors warn residents in the area that the camp continues Saturday and there will be several cannon shots and gun salutes throughout the day.