scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Is there life after Scout-o-Rama?
Robert Wright (rayadorob@YAHOO.COM
Tue Nov 09 1999 - 01:24:19 CST
Our Council's Scout-O-Ramas had experienced the
decline & lack of "civilian" visitors in the past few
years. The killer was when the site was moved from
Fort Worth-near Council Office & about the center of
the Council, to a less-expensive site on the far
eastern edge of the Council. Being the farthest west
in the Council,our District got nothing but a long
haul from this.
So, we put on our own Scout Show & Camporee last
Spring. We put it in a location on the western end of
the District--in Mineral Wells, about 45 minutes out
of Fort Worth.
Each Troop put up its own display. The whole thing had
a "home-made" sort feel to it-- not as fancy, but with
a lot more meaning to it. It was better than any
recent Scout-o-Rama & was different from any Camporee
we ever had!
About 300 people from the commumity came and visited
(about 298 more than the last S-o-R!). As Mineral
Wells is a small town, we were happy!
The Scouts were happy too. There was Pioneering
towers, rope bridges, a Wood badge reunion; guest
displays included Native Americans, a Bull-ridin'
Cowboy, and Rattlesnake handlers!
I strongly urge Districts that are getting nothing
from their Councils' Scout-O-Ramas to take matters in
their own hands & do it themselves.
Robert Wright firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 2000 Brazos Valley District Merit Badge College
ASM, Troop 76 - Weatherford Texas
Roundtable Commissioner - Brazos Valley District
Member, Longhorn Council Orienteering Committee
"and a good old fox, too" SR-271-24
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