THE Spring Camporee

Buckle up!  It’s not even winter yet (until tomorrow), but we are going to have an awesome spring.  After three years of unsuccessful attempts, this year we were accepted to the 52nd Annual West Point Invitational Camporee!!!  At the last PLC the patrol leaders discussed the event and all decided it was something that their patrols wanted to do.

What is it you ask?  Here is what was in our invitation letter:

Nearly 250 Cadets volunteer to participate in Scouting events throughout the year, with the Camporee serving as our culminating event. In the past years, over 5,000 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Venture Crews (making it the largest annual Scout Camporee in the nation) have traveled to West Point, from as far as Indiana, to be challenged and inspired by the Military and Scouting skills and knowledge tested during our Camporee‟s competitive sites. This year, we are setting a new record by hosting 6,000 participants at the Camporee. Achieving this goal will require cooperation from all parties, as we open up more opportunities for Scouts to attend.

And here is a sampling of some of the events, all of which have awesomely cool descriptions:

  • Camoflauge
  • Litter/First Aid
  • Knot Tying
  • Leadership Reaction Course
  • Drill
  • Fire Building
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Ranger Challenge
  • Swiss Seat/One-Rope Bridge
  • Kim’s Game
  • Commander’s Challenge
  • Zodiac Challenge
  • Fitness Challenge
  • Weapons
  • Knowledge Baseball
  • TAC Challenge

So, what do you have to do to come to this amazing event next May?

  1. Obtain approval from the scoutmaster.  There will be rigorous physical demands in this challenge which prevent first year scouts (Webelos that are just crossing over) from participating.
  2. Turn in a current medical form (parts A, B and C), dated within 1 year of the close of the event.
  3. Have a complete and proper scout uniform including scout pants for your class A’s.  You’ll also need a Troop 45 class B T-shirt.
  4. Train – we have to backpack 3 miles into the event, carrying all of our gear.  That means that you MUST demonstrate this capability in some of our upcoming events.
  5. Maintain a good physical conditioning.  If you’re not in shape now, get in shape!  See Duncan about Personal Fitness Merit Badge and start, now!
  6. Cooking stoves are a requirement.  We’re not allowed to have campfires.
  7. It costs $25 per participant for this event.  You’ll need to pay in advance.
  8. Sign up!  We have to have our final numbers in before January 15th.  A sign-up sheet will be distributed this weekend.
  9. Be ready to have an awesome time!
  10. Stay tuned to e-mail for more information.

We’ll distribute the sign up sheets and more information in the coming days.  Parents should make plans to attend the next Committee Meeting so we can determine who is planning to attend and how we will handle the driving.

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