Re: Anyone there? Camporee Ideas Needed
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@SSNET.COM)
Tue, 28 Nov 1995 13:53:59 -0500
I designed and managed a Camporee based on kite-flying as the primary
activity - with a Highland Games secondary theme in case the wind
In the event, the wind was just fine, and the Highland Games was a
There were no complaints from the Cubs or Scouts. One adult thought
there was too much for the kids to do (he was complaining), and I
replied that I had PLANNED that there would be too much going on for
any Scout to do everything!
We rounded out Saturday with a "Posh Meal" a British competition
where each Patrol is expected to put on the fanciest feast possible.
Leaders from other Troops are individually invited by the Patrol as
guests (and judges). The Patrols were warned of this event months in
advance, and many went to great lengths to be in the competition at
the top end (I still don't know if the Patrol with the good china and
the gold-plated flatware had asked permission to take the hardware
camping for the weekend...)
There were flowers in vases, cloth napkins in rings, tablecloths,
printed menus, and multiple-course dinners in many campsites.
The campfire was fairly standard, but with a twist, since we wanted
the Scouts to actually SING for real. We had a traditional folk group
come to play live music for us. A sneaky technique that worked quite
well. They stayed after the campfire programme to play some more -
and about half the camp stayed to hear them!
We planned departure for early afternoon on Sunday, which gave plenty
of time for a Scouts' Own that was run by the senior Scouts. This was
followed by a Stratego wide game.
Perhaps some of these activities would fit what you are looking for?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City