GW District Camporee
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 20 Oct 1994 23:50:12 -0400
We had a wonderful camporee last weekend attended by 1500 plus Scouts and
Webelos at old Camp Wilson (now a county park) in Fairfax County,
Virginia. Upon entering the camp area each Scout was greated by the US
Flag and the International Scout Flag. Not far away local hams had set up
a JOTA site that was pretty busy. In the campsites, I spotted a Bolivian
flag and found that ten of the Scouts were eagerly anticipating a trip to
the Pan-American Jamboree in December. The highlight of the Scouts' day
was a series of 15 or so team building exercises.
As a Commissioner making the rounds, I stopped here and there asking the
Scouts what they liked best. They all raved about how great the events
were at building their patrols and what fun too. Most wanted to know if we
could do more again sometime, just a few different ones. They really went
for it. So if you're thinking about team building, I can tell you it sold
The Campfire opened to awed silence with the arrival of the OA team to do
a four winds opening. The Scouts performed lots of skits, songs, but the
best line came from a Cub Scout. Some of the group were letting the Cubs
know in no uncertain terms they hadn't heard a line. I a crystal clear
voice the little fellow shouted, "it wasn't important" to much laughter.
Now where else but Scouts would you see a ten-year old taking charge of a
group of 1500 other boys and telling them whats what. We all got a charge
out his moxy. They couldn't clap hard enough for a performance by a Bag
Piper in full regalia. And you would've sworn you were at a USO show when
an International Group of Girl Scouts/Guides trooped on stage to do a
song. Instant cheering and applause - talk about a warm welcome. I never
saw so many guys try so hard to duplicate a series of hand movements as
required by the song (and yes there was a lot of uniform straightening all
around) Grin, chuckle. The girls were from Finland, France and Switzerland.
And of course no Cracker-barrel would be complete without six foot subs.
I couldn't stay, but by the time I left around midnight, I can tell you it
was one quiet camp, save a lusty snore or two from the staff.
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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