SPRING CAMPOREE – “SKILLS FOR A LIFETIME”
Recap of the Event
Boy Scout Troop 103 attended the Blue and Grey District’s Spring Camporall during the weekend of April 27-29th, 2012. It was held at Christ United Church of Christ in Littlestown, PA and there were 250 in attendance not including the staff who worked so hard to plan the event. 7 packs, 13 Troops, and 2 Crews from the Blue and Grey District ventured out to participate in weekend events. The theme of the weekend was “SKILLS FOR A LIFETIME” and the scouts practiced scout skills and competed against other Troops and Crews. The scouts rotated through 12 stations practicing and learning skills including: Physical Fitness, Compass, Fire Building, Campsite, Knots, Nature, Cooking, Rescue, First Aid, and more.
Nine scouts and six adults from Troop 103 participated in all or part of the weekend and everyone seemed to have a great time. The adventure began on Friday night when it was windy and cold so the Troop set up camp quickly so they could enjoy dinner and a camp wide cracker barrel in the evening. Dinner was steak sandwiches and green beans, but the scouts seemed to enjoy the root beer floats being served at the cracker barrel even more. Some were even lucky enough to acquire seconds. Before TAPS, some time was spent reviewing the schedule for Saturday and warming up around the campfire. Overnight it got down to a frigid 29 degrees and even though frost blanketed the field and clouds covered the skies, everyone awoke before reveille to get started on breakfast plans. The Scouts cooked French toast and bacon and then participated in the flag raising ceremony which started at 8:30. The Scouts rotated through 6 stations before lunch and 6 more in the afternoon. Everyone enjoyed participating in the camp wide challenge which was water balloon volleyball. Troop 103 got through several qualifications but got eliminated during the last round. They worked well together well as they competed and had fun catching the water balloons with their fitted sheet.
Dinner was spaghetti with chili, salad, and apple cobbler. Everyone wanted seconds!
Two scouts from Troop 103 participated in the closing flag ceremony just before mass. Mass was held indoors due to the rain, but it was well attended. Right afterwards was the fireless campfire since it was still raining, but that didn’t put a damper on the fun. A former scout provided the entertainment and had everyone singing and clapping their hands. Awards were given during the campfire and Troop 103 earned two ribbons. They received the most points for the challenge and rescue courses. The patrol earned points for their teamwork and buddy carries.
After campfire it was time for bed so everyone retired to their tents. Sunday morning was breakfast, clean up, check out, and returning to St. Joes.
Photos of the Event
Fri., April 27, 2012
- 5:30 p.m.: Meet at St. Joseph Church on Grandview Rd.
- Travel to Christ United Church of Christ in Littlestown, PA
- (131 Christ Church Rd., Littlestown, PA 17340)
Sun., April 29, 2012
- 10-11 a.m.: Approx. return to St. Joseph Church.
- Catholic Mass and non-denominational worship services will be offered Saturday evening.
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