Report from 2015 Fall Camporee

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We survived the Zombie Apocalypse!

Thank you to District Camporee Chair Stu Bowes for a warmly received and joyful Camporee. We heard many rave reviews. The weather was delightful (especially given fresh memories of the Spring Camporee’s deluge).image image

We were warned about the coming Zombie Apocalypse by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. 

 The scouts attended the many competitions with eagerness. They enjoyed many creative skits at Troop 269’s well-executed and well-performed camp fire. The masters of ceremony had a zombie-themed run-on that served to introduce each skit. The MC’s were masterful. The troops’ skits were often on theme-adapted but traditional scout skits. They worked well because they made the tried-and-true into fresh-and-funny surprises. Sometimes an old story told with a fresh twist is the most enjoyable. 

 We even had Troop 358 do a solid rendition of Heywood Bank’s Famous “Toast!” 

 Our District Executive Con Sullivan made his North Star Camporee debut with a well-executed Emergency Mobilization Drill to satisfy the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge’s Requirement #7. Many scouts reported to me that drill was the most enjoyable part of the Camporee, because they got to run, find victims of a tornado, do triage, and demonstrate their knowledge of first aid and patient transport.

Our Assistant Camporee Chair Rick Akers broke out his stage make up to dress the victims to make the drill even more realistic.

We 18 adults trained in matters ranging from Youth Protection Training, Chartered Org Rep Training, District Committee Training.

Most importantly for training, the District would like to thank Troop 73’s Scoutmaster Vince Hernly and Troop  56’s Committee Chair Sandy McNutt for serving as lead instructors, respectively, for Scoutmaster Specific Training and Troop Committee Challenge. Thank you, too, to Troop 56’s Assistant Scoutmaster Don Bievenour for assisting Vince with the Scoutmaster Specific Training.

We have heard many thanks from scouters for reviving training at Camporee’s. Look for more in the future, including Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (and Crews?) targeted at current and future Senior Patrol Leaders.