Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Co-Ed Camporees
Sun, 18 Oct 1998 18:48:53 +0000
I've been lurking on this list for a while, so let me introduce myself.
My name is Paul Koehler, and I am a JASM with Troop 56 out of
Brookfield, WI, in the Potowatomi Area Council (Waukesha, WI). I also
serve as the Lodge Vice-Chief of Administration for Wag-O-Shag Lodge
#280, and that involves a whole other slew of duties. Also, I got my
Eagle rank last year.
Anyways, I thought the subject of co-ed camporees was very timely,
considering I just got back from our district's annual co-ed camporee
with the Great Blue Heron Girl Scout Council. For as long at least 10
years our district (Southbrook) and Western Lakes district hold the
event at the Harnischfaeger employee park outside Oconomowoc (i.e. in
Granted, this year had a lot of rain, and being in Wisconsin in the
fall, the temperatures were in the 40's. Still, this event draws many
boy scout troops and girl scout cadette and senior troops. On Saturday
Morning, the staff (made of volunteers from both GS and BS district
people, and our two district executives) organized the youth into teams
to participate in various events (log sawing, fire-building, etc.).
Each team had two co-captains: the oldest boy and the oldest girl. With
an adult "chaperoning" every team, the youth do the events in the
morning, take place in competitions in the afternoon such as volleyball
and tug-of-war, and during meal times the troops break to their own
campsites to eat.
The highlight (in my opinion, and many others I'm sure...) is the dance
at night, where the staff hires a D.J. to play GOOD music and the rest
is left to your imagination. In past years there has been a hayride
that the scouts can ride through the farm fields, which is a favorite
among many scouts because that's their chance to get obnoxious (in a
good sense, of course!), but that wasn't done this year because of the
sporadic downpours. Even with the temperature being 40-some degrees
outside with a steady drizzle, it was PLENTY warm in the park shelter
where the dance was held.
On Sunday morning, the teams are awarded for their performance in the
events, and the overall best team does the closing flag ceremony.
Everybody then says the usual goodbyes, and we all promise to see each
other in two weeks for Neekan's Creep-O-Ree at our council camp.
All in all, the co-ed camporees work ridiculously well in our council.
Granted, it's fun to go to summer camp and play with "da boys" for a
week, but in my opinion, your average troop needs a little diversity.
The co-ed camporees provide this, and if you run it well, it's a
guaranteed formula for success.
That's my 2 cents.
Still gloating about last weekend,
Eagle Class of 1997
Lodge Vice-Chief of Administration
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