I like to let the boys do their own exploring, find their own things, and talk about them amongst themselves. If they have a question, I'll answer. My theory: a good scout camp should be 1/3 learning stuff, 1/3 doing stuff, 1/3 poking dead things with a stick.
Henry is one of our youngest Beavers, and is normally a bit reserved. Something happened on the beach the first day that turned him into a celebrity.
Boy: Look at this clam shell! It has a hole RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE! How did that happen?
Henry: A snail did it.
Other Boy: How could a SNAIL do that?
Henry calmly explained how a snail eats--how it grabs hold of a clam with its foot, then uses a special appendage (he called it a tongue) with tiny teeth to grind a hole. It then uses gooey juices to kill and digest the animal inside.
Henry: Yeah. I guess it's kind of interesting.
Soon, boys were bringing all sorts of things for him to explain. It was wonderful to watch.
Boy: How come you're just a kindergarten, but you know so much stuff?
Henry: I'm a real scientist.
Henry shrugged his shoulders and looked at me for a moment.
Henry: And I'm not in kindergarten. I homeschool.
This became a major topic of conversation for the rest of camp. I overheard a couple of boys decide between themselves that homeschool kids are geniuses.
I could just imagine what Henry would have said.
Henry: Well, we're not all geniuses.