Re: Looking for new ideas
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Tue, 19 Oct 1993 13:02:50 CDT
> I read with interest the postings on the camporee ideas, etc. Now I have a
> question that come up this past weekened at our fall camporee. "What
> specifically is the purpose of a camporee?" Is it a patrol or troop
> competition? Is it just to have fun? Is it a teaching vehicle? Is it a testing
> vehicle? Is there any specific national definition of a camporee with
> appropriate guidelines for them? We have had some great camporees in the past,
and then again we have had some bummers. Any input is appreciated.
Yep - - there are specific definitions and guidelines. Always remember that
BSA has the "biggest printing press in the sky!" That means, if it is
printable and fits we print it. The catch is --- finding it!
1. First and foremost -- the district puts on activities on all levels to:
add to and assist the units' programming and skills development.
Thus, if the district camporee, of whatever, does not meet the need of any
unit's program (in other words they don't NEED more practise in 1st aid), then
they do not go.
2. The commissioner staff is PRIMARY in determining what the units' in the
district need for their individual program development and assistance.
3. The purpose of a camporee is -----whatever it is determined it needs to be.
This coming weekend Northwest Suburban Council will be holding a "camp-o-rama"
at Poplar Creek. It is a council-wide camporee and we are taking over ALL of
Poplar Creek! Amazing. Scouts as far as the eye can see. We have also opened
it to the general public.
Purpose? Yep -- show the positive side of Scouting to the public (per
National's directive?) -- give the boys a chance to:
a. demonstrate their skill abilities
b. have fun (their will actually be carnival rides (17 in all)
c. fellowship ( who is that Scout next door?)
d. practise in camping/cooking skills
e. and on and on
Check with the Camporee booklet for complete info on camporees. However, they
can be for almost any purpose within our program.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City