scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: A Camporee Success
Henry Lucas (Smtroop1@AOL.COM
Tue Nov 09 1999 - 04:46:03 CST
This is a copy of the report that was filed this morning with G.E. Corporate
Management and Legal Divisions concerning the Ecunchatee District 'After
Dark' Fall Camporee hosted by Troop 1.
The Fall Boy Scout Camporee was an unqualified success. There's no other way
to describe it. Nearly 120 Scouts and 30 adult leaders had the time of their
lives in one of the most unique adventures that we've ever offered at a
Camporee. Unique because the Scouts had no way of knowing when they arrived
that all of their events would take place at night. And what an exciting
night it was!
The theme was "The March on Trenton" and was done in conjunction with the Mt.
Vernon Foundation's effort with the Boy Scouts to commemorate the 200th
anniversary of George Washington's death. All events were carried out in
total silence and under the cover of darkness. For example, they had to
reconnoiter a "fort" and measure its size. Many thanks to Willie Davis and
Mr. Long for building a magnificent fort out of hay bales. In other events,
they had to rely on a single member of their patrol to direct them through an
obstacle course in a forest - blindfolded. In yet another, they were
required to lash together a ladder and cross a six-foot deep ravine. Another
required them to navigate using the stars. One of my favorites was a
observation/memory game involving an encampment in the forest that the boys
had to observe under a few seconds of light and then report all that they had
seen. The leaders and Scouts of Troop 1, chartered by the Church of the
Ascension in Montgomery, AL, hosted the Camporee and did a wonderful job of
developing and managing the activities.
The events began at 7:00 p.m. and ended at 12:30 a.m. and I don't think it
took 5 minutes for everyone to get to sleep that night. Or should I say
morning? Earlier in the day, the boys hiked and participated in Scout
activities such as flint and steel fire-starting, pioneering projects, and
knife and ax safety. My favorite event took place from 3:00 to 5:00 - the
cooking contest! I was fortunate (?) enough to be a judge. I want to thank
Steve Young and L.A. Wallace from Finishing for volunteering for this, as
well. The food was excellent and the decision was difficult but Troop 223,
sponsored by Peter Crump Elementary School, came out on top with their Lee's
Recipe beef stew.
L.A. and Steve, I have the recipe, if you want it. I also have the recipe for
Troop 307's Dump Cake, which was out of this world.
The best story of the Camporee involves a small troop from McKenzie, south of
Greenville. Troop 77, recently formed, didn't have the nice troop trailer or
all of the fancy equipment. Half of then didn't even have uniforms yet. In
fact, they didn't receive their Camporee packet until last Tuesday, but they
gave all of us a lesson in Scout spirit and teamwork that won't soon be
forgotten. They won many of the events they competed in and did so with
style. By Sunday morning, there was no doubt in anyone's mind who would win
the Spirit Award and, when they did, the look on their faces made all the
effort of the staff worthwhile. You have never seen a happier group of young
We had press coverage from WSFA and made it on the evening news on Saturday.
Jo, I didn't have to take any pictures because an Eagle Scout, back from
college for the weekend, had all of his equipment. When he was given the job
of Official Photographer, he went to it with fervor. We will cover the
processing fees, won't we? We had also provided medical coverage with two
medics and I'm proud to say that we never needed either one. There were no
injuries or safety incidents whatsoever.
Those who camped last spring at G.E. were fascinated by the beauty of the land
and the way that we're maintaining it. This site proved even more ideal and I
received dozens of positive comments about GE's efforts and their generosity
in allowing us to use it. This time, the boys were able to see deer, turkey,
armadillos and opossums. At night, they were serenaded by coyotes and owls.
All in all, a wonderful experience for them.
I want to thank Willie Davis and his crew, Mickey Cothran and Jeff Beeson for
all of their help getting ready for this event. Our thanks also go to Steve
Dominick, with ICS, who helped with setup on Friday. Thanks to Major Dixon
for handling security for us and to Jo McCoy for generating the wonderful
publicity. Thanks again to Steve and L.A. and thanks to Al Thomas for
arranging their time down there. We are grateful to Doug Osburn and the G.E.
Wildlife Management Committee for providing the Port-a-lets and for giving up
a portion of the property to us during bow-hunting season. Doug, the deer
are indeed plentiful down there and, no, we never saw the alligator in the
Thank you, Henry. And please thank the Scouts and leaders of Troop 1 for
producing a wonderful weekend. It was impressive.
CC, Troop 8