Re: West Point Camporee
Rick Hanes (rickh@BUFFNET.NET)
Sun, 6 Apr 1997 20:56:04 -0400
> Hi! My name is Mary Garm, and I am the relatively new Troop Committee
> Chair for Troop 407, Pleasant Mount, PA. Our troop is attending the West
> Point Camporee next weekend, and I'd like to hear from any of you who
> have attended in the past. Please share your experiences and your
> Mary Garm
You are in for a thrill of a lifetime. This year is our troop's second
time attending the West Point Invitational Camporee. As you know it is
an invitation only camporee. If a you happen to know a cadet at West
Point and he/she would be willing to sponsor your unit (both Boy Scouts
and Girl Scout units are invited) and the cadet would be willing to work
at the camporee (in some way shape or form), you have a real good chance
of being invited. There are between 3,000 and 4,000 Scouts and Scouters
invited to participate in this event.
Registration starts at noon on Friday. While one adult off loads the
Scouts and leaders, the unit completes it's registration. This leader
then can drive one vehicle with all the troop equipment to Lake
Frederick where the actual camporee is held. While the leader is
driving, the balance of the troop is hiking over Bull Hill to Lake
Frederick. Not a bad hike. It should be fairly wet and muddy this year
with all the snow and rain they have gotten lately.
Once camp is set up, you have an opportunity to mingle with the other
troops, and eventually with your cadet. Saturday starts off at 6 AM
with your cadet leading all the Scouts in a session of PT (physical
training) and drill. This is a good photo op to show that our scouts
really can do exercises and not march "like a bunch of Boy Scouts."
There are challenge events for the balance of the day. Last year they
put on a rifle platoon weapons demo for all who wanted to watch. The
evening is finished off with a campfire with skits, songs and whatever
else the troops want to put on.
Sunday morning has the announcement of the winners of the individual
competitions. The overall winner receives an official West Point Cadet
Saber for their awards case. This unit also gets to stand at the
reviewing stand while all the units Pass-And-Review. What the sight.
This unit also gets and automatic invitation to next year's camporee.
This is put on exclusively by the corps of cadets and they do a great
job. If anyone would like to look at the new Scoutmaster's Council's
Web site, you can find it at http://126.96.36.199:80/scouts/. More
information, maps to the camporee, and other pertinent points of
information can be found here.
I understand that a camporee of this magnitude is put on by all the
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