Re: Camporee Scoring
George Huffman (HUFFMAN_GEORGE_W@LILLY.COM)
Tue, 19 Apr 1994 16:32:47 -0500
Wow!, Watch the fur fly with this topic!
>1. What awards do you give at Camporees?
At our "competetion" camporees we award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, in
to long term camper (arriving early and staying late) and participation
plus we have a "Best Overall" traveling Troop Trophy, a large old coffee pot
that each winning troop must decorate with some totem and return at the next
camporee. We try to ensure that there are a lot of first place ribbons for the
patrols, some 2nd place, and very few 3rd place. Sometimes we have special
ribbons and trophys also (cooking contest, sled race, compass course, etc.).
Everyone like to win something and we try to see that they do. Please note that
not every camporee is a competition camporee!
>2. How do/would you determine the "Top Troop"?
Strictly up to the camporee chairman, but usually an aggregrate score
campsite inspection and event participation. This includes campfire skit
presentation and behavior, uniforming, Scout's own participation, SPL meeting
attendance, special event contests, any extra effort by the Scouts with regard
to pioneering projects, kitchen gadgets, etc.
>3. Should we have a "Top Troop" or is "Top Patrol" more important?
Difficult to answer...the traveling coffee pot award for the top troop
resulted in some units with very high spirit. I like the concept of a lot of
place ribbons for the patrols. I think it reinforces the patrol method which is
what we are trying to teach.
>4. What type of scoring systems do you use?
This is left up to the camporee chairman and his/her judging staff.
>5. (Bonus) How do you score/grade an event? What are the criteria and
Again, as above. Personally, I like to count Scout Spirit very
I know this is subjective, but you can see it when it's working. Also judge on
safety and use the Scout handbook as the standard.
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