Titled the “Discovery Camporee” the program included many options and activities for Webelos thru Older Scouts. Examples included:
- Map and Compass requirements
- 3-Mile and 5-Mile hikes
- Campfire program on Saturday evening
- Disabilities Awareness discussions and activities
We left FBC at 4 PM on Saturday to head up to Campgaw Mountain. The check in process was easy and we got our camp set up very quickly. After gathering firewood, our grubmaster got everything situated for dinner. Enjoying juicy hamburgers with all the trimmings, we each got our fill of hearty food.
Since one of our scouts was being dropped off later that evening, most of our team went to the evening campfire program at the council circle and enjoyed a cracker barrel, skits and songs.
By midnight everyone was asleep and dreaming of tomorrow’s events.
In the morning, we enjoyed a continental breakfast and got over to the council ring for morning colors. Each troop reported in and we got started with geocaching. Geocaching is a treasure hunting game in which “…the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.”
A typical cache is “…a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little financial value, although sometimes they are sentimental. Geocaching shares many aspects with orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.”
Orienteering is “…a family of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points.”
Our two teams finished first and third out of twenty-five teams.
Everyone had a great time and the weather was wonderful. Mr. Williams thought that this was the best trip he’d ever taken with the scouts.
See you all next week (no troop meeting tonight). Other planned trips include: COPE course for team building, Bish-Bash Falls Trip, and the Wilderness Survival/Dutch Oven Cooking weekend extravaganza (where teams construct and sleep overnight in shelters made from sticks/leaves/etc. but also enjoy hot, hearty cooking from dutch ovens).
Be Prepared — Walk Worthy!