Scouts-L Mail Archive for May of 1999: Re: Spring Camporee Preparations - suggestions
Re: Spring Camporee Preparations - suggestions
Mon, 3 May 1999 02:31:59 EDT
In a message dated 99-04-30 04:44:02 EDT, troop1@POBOXES.COM (Richard Axtman)
<< With all the Spring Camporees coming up, I thought it would be
a good idea to discuss what we could do to help our Scouts
prepare for the competitions that will be held at them. By
knowing what some of the different skill tests are, and
practicing them at our meetings for the next couple of weeks,
our scouts might score higher and possibly win more awards
for their patrol and troop. Not to mention, they'll learn more
and feel more confident when they enter the events.
Having not participated in a Boy Scout Camporee for many years,
could some of you please tell us what kind of patrol and troop
competitions they've seen held at the past Camporees you've
attended ? >>
Having just come back from our Spring camporee where I was one of the
Assistant Senior Advisors, I thought I would answer. First you will notice
that the adults were advisors, not the leaders. Our camporee for the last
few years has been a youth organized and led event. This year it was
primarily led by the youth from the OA village (chapter).
With regard to the events you listed, they all seem like good events, the
only comment is that some that require the multiple running with different
patrol members and then averaging scores seems like a good way to do it but
it also seems, at first glance, that it might take quite a bit of time at
Some of the events that we had included: archery, rifle shooting, Leave No
Trace (LNT) principles, Wilderness Survival, Automobile Emergencies, an
initiative game (spider web), and a surprise ecology event.
For LNT, they were told to prepare a campsite using LNT principles.
Available were a rake, shovel, tent satakes and hammer, a tarp, and a large
piece of aluminum foil. They were instructed to lay out their sleeping area,
latrine, and campfire areas. Note, this was in a developed campsite. The
correct response was not to rake or stake and to use the existing latrine and
campfire circle. Only one patrol aced all elements several came close but
did one thing too intrusive such as raking or staking down the ground sheet.
For Wilderness Survival they had to choose a site and build a shelter out of
The Auto event they had to check the oil, tell how to detrmine if a tire had
legal tread depth, check air pressure and where on the car to find the
correct air pressure info and tell how to jump start a dead battery. For
next year we think we will build a couple of wooden batteries so they can
actually hook up the cables. They also had to check all the lights to see of
they were working properly.
The initiative game was only scored 25% on successfully getting the patrol
through the magical spiderweb but mostly on leadership and cooperation.
The last couple of years we have added a "bushwhacker" event. This event is
not listed on any of the pre-camporee handouts or on the information handed
out ot the patrols. Last year we had a "Staff memeber" who stumbled and
twisted their ankle on the trail between two stations. The responses ranged
from stopping to bandage and send for help to blowing off the "injured
staffer" (by his younger brothers patrol). This was one of the more highly
scored events. For this year we had a undercover staffer on the trail ahead
of a patrol in transit between stations who dropped his wallet and proceeded
to drop all sorts of trash as he went. Max points to the patrols that picked
up the trash and hurried after him to return the wallet. Amusing incident
when a SM saw the trash tossing and proceeded to begin to chew out the
staffer until he was "shushed" and then the SM caught on.
We had several first aid events, including:
An auto accident scene where the victims in full disaster makeup were tended
to by the scouts. Key elements were asessing the situation, doing a triage
assessment, calling for help, and treating the victims. Victims included a
hysterical woman with a facial laceration., victim with burns on the arms, a
compound fracture of the arm (with spurting blood), and the driver who has a
constricted airway after contact with the steering wheel.
An electrocution scenario where several people have been knocked unconcius by
a downed electrical line. Unfortunately many of the scouts, while knowing
how to treat the wounds and do CPR, where killled or injured when they failed
to properly clear the "live" electrical line from the scene first before they
We had a stretcher event where the patrol needs to construct a stretcher and
transport a victim through a certain course. In previous years the victim
has been a water balloon or an egg, other times the scouts pick the smallest
member of the patrol. For this year we borrowed from the Fire Department
"Rescue Randy", a 170 pound full size dead weight dummy. Showed what
transporting a full size victim (like an adult leader?) would really be like,
a real eye opener.
We also had the usual assortment of knot tying and pioneering events, and
Totin Chip knowledge.
Hope these ideas help.
Next Years Senior Advisor
Pacific Skyline Council