On the weekend of Sept 23rd, through the 25th, our troop attended and actively participated in the Great Alaska Council’s Fall Camporee. We had 15 Scouts and 6 Adults attend the camporee the first night, and then 3 adults stayed the second night.
We spent most of our time outside competing in various Roman Gladiator events. For the first couple of days we had nice weather, but it started to rain the second night around 9pm while we were at our campsite gathered around the campfire. Unfortunately, some of the younger scouts didn’t prepare their tents properly, so they learned firsthand what happens when you don’t properly prepare a tent and then it rains. A few of the scouts woke up in a puddle of water!
We arrived on Friday evening where we set-up our campsite, ate our prepared foil meals, and met some campers from the other Alaska Troops. On Saturday, we woke early, ate breakfast, and then participated in events and contests that had a Roman Gladiator theme. The events we competed in involved designing, building and then launching our trebuchet designed catapult for distance and then again for accuracy. Then we designed and used a friction bridge in an event where two scouts must be able to cross the friction bridge. Other events were the “human ladder”, “Aqueduct Building”, “Don’t Kill the Messenger”, “Matchless Fire Starting”, “Chariot Racing”, “Obstacle Course”, and “Tug of War”. We also participated in the Fall Camporee Service Project, where we built a trail to hike on. Our troop won 2 of the 12 events we competed in.
The highlight of the Fall Camporee was when we got to play with foam swords Greg brought. We organized fencing competitions and other troops came over and participated. That was a lot of fun.
Overall, we had good weather, good food, and proved that we work well in team competitions. The 2016 Fall Camporee was fun.