Re: OA Camping at District Camporee
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Mon, 18 Oct 1993 10:22:00 MST
In 1973 I was the O-A Chapter Chief and the District Camporee Chairman.
Yes the O-A was putting on the camporee. We did all the planning and
coordinated the execution. The District Camping Chairman collected the
fees (you know how adults are (in BSA) about money).
The only thing we did not do in mass is the judging, we got adult
volunteers to do that so our members could participate. The only O-A
members camping in their own special area were those whose troops were not
participating (which included my unit which was not there).
Which leads me to the next question about the purpose of the camporee. The
district is a support organization to help scout units (Troop and Pack).
In the case of the camporee which is a district event, the object (one of
them at least) is to help supplement the unit program. If the unit has a
good program and does not want to supplement it with a camporee (boy
decision) then there is no reason to go. This is why my troop was not at
the camporee when I was chairman. (At the time I was an Jr. Asst.
Scoutmaster and did not participate in the decision - it was made by the
patrol leaders conference, like the other adult leaders, I sat on the side
line and let the younger youth make the decision.)
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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