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The Greater Niagara Council has been chosen to make contact with the International Space Station during the first half of 2017. The Radio Scouting Committee is organizing the event, which is currently scheduled to take place during the last week of March…learn more.
A camporee is a local or regional gathering of Scouting units for a period of camping and common activities.
Throughout the year our District will hold Camporees right in neighborhoods throughout our Council. These can range from a local park to Fort Niagara! This event is a perfect showplace for the Scouting program and therefore goes far beyond just a gathering of Scouts. This is an opportunity to showcase to our local community the best Scouting has to offer.
Typically, the camporee involves scout patrol competitions, with events such as: hiking preparedness, fire building, knot tying, first aid, emergency preparedness, pioneering, citizenship, patrol mystery event (team building), outdoor cooking, camping or orienteering. Some camporees also integrate work on merit badges. The camporee may be centered on a central theme such as living history, horsemanship, aquatics, shooting sports, a historical trail, a service project, and most recently Geocaching. Camporees often have a campfire program with awards and presentations, skits and songs. Camporees also may have a service project that helps the hosting facility. Typical service projects could be pruning trees, spreading mulch, clearing brush, trail repair, tree planting or trash pickup.
The scouts usually camp, compete and cook by patrol. The patrol will have a patrol name, patrol flag, patrol cheer or yell and a patrol leader. Patrols are usually made of six to eight scouts, a patrol duty roster is made and posted so patrol responsibilities are rotated, like: head cook, assistant cook, cleanup, KP, fire builder, and water duty.