Camporee: 11 Days — Emergency Mobilization

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District Camporee Chair Stu Bowes announced yesterday, “Con Sullivan, our District Executive, will be conducting a mass casualty and mobilization drill with our Zombie theme at 4:00 for the Scouts. This should help some of the boys (and motivate others) who are working on their E Prep Merit Badge.”

Con is an Emergency Preparedness merit badge counselor. More importantly, he has a Master’s Degree Fall Camporee patchfrom Ball State in Government Affairs, with an emphasis in Homeland Security. He will make himself available to scouts who wish to do some counseling with a counselor having a professional insight into this world. (As always, scouts should bring their blue cards with scoutmaster signatures.) Check in with the scout cabin to keep up to date on Con’s schedule.

Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge Requirement #7 states, “Take part in an emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill, with a Scouting unit or a community agency.”

Requirement 8 further requires, 

Do the following:

A. Prepare a written plan for mobilizing your troop when needed to do emergency service. If there is already a plan, explain it. Tell your part in making it work.

B. Take part in at least one troop mobilization. Before the exercise, describe your part to your counselor. Afterward, conduct an “after-action” lesson, discussing what you learned during the exercise that required changes or adjustments to the plan.

C. Prepare a personal emergency service pack for a mobilization call. Prepare a family emergency kit (suitcase or waterproof box) for use by your family in case an emergency evacuation is needed. Explain the needs and uses of the contents.

What can you imagine for your scouts can be done to prepare for Con’s exercise to complete these requirements!?


Camporee: Final Checklist

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UPDATE 10/8/15 at 10:05 AM: Retitled.

As of Monday, September 28, 2015, we had 12 days until the Fall Camporee! [As of October 8th, we are down to one day!]

Make sure that your troop has kept up-to-date on their task list:

  1. confirmed your reservation with District Camporee Chair Stu Bowes, including a headcount;
  2. communicated the event that your Troop plans on offering during the Camporee (and considered whether one or two Firecrafter or OA members could run the event rather than an adult, to better serve the Aims of Scouting), including some troop meeting dry runs;
  3. considered your Troop’s contribution to the Friday night campfire, including some troop meeting rehearsals;Fall Camporee patch
  4. identified your scouters who are eligible for receiving the North Star Red Cap;
  5. reviewed the criteria for the coveted Willy Award with your Senior Patrol Leader (or the acting Senior Patrol Leader for the Camporee) and determine what the patrols’ contribution to your campsite theme will be;
  6. reviewed the criteria for the new Commissioner’s Awards with your Senior Patrol Leader (or acting SPL) and determine how it will affect your patrols’ preparations for the Camporee;
  7. contacted your scouters who have received their Wood Badge or current candidates to advise them that District Chair Steve James is interested in rebuilding the District’s Wood Badge Association known as the “Willy Gillies,” and there will likely be a discussion at or after Cracker Barrel on Saturday night about the Willy Gillies;
  8. talked to your newer or untrained scouters (whether they are camping out or not) about the long list of trainings that will be offered at Camporee that will be necessary for Rechartering, including
    1. Youth Protection Training – Friday night
    2. District Committee Training – Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    3. Troop Committee Challenge – Saturday 9:00 am to 11:30 am
    4. Training the Chartered Organization Representative – Saturday 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    5. Scoutmaster-Specific Training – Saturday for 4 hours (2 segments: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm).

This will be a busy and wonderful Camporee. With the theme being interesting to the boys and amount of training offered, we will likely need an unusually high number of adults present to be able to run the programs and serve the boys simultaneously.

In any case, we look forward to the camaraderie of scouting in North Star!

Reservations for Camporee

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Stu Bowes sent this message on September 21, 2015:

The 2015 Fall Camporee is rapidly approaching in three weekends (Oct 9-11) at the Indiana School for the Blind. Our theme is “Zombie Apocalypse” based around the emergency preparedness merit badge. We are working on some special attractions to spice things up a bit.

Listed below is what I need form you:


Sign Up Sheet

Troop #      Scouts    Adults    Total

Troop 56    20        5        25

Campsites are available first-come, first served.

Willie Cap eligible Scouters:

Patrol Competitions:

1- T343
2- T586
3- T69
4- T269
5- T35
6- T804
7- T73
8- T56
9- T358  Tomahawk Toss

10- STU  “Are You Smarter Than Your Scoutmaster?”
Interest In Adult Training:
1-Youth Protection
2-Scoutmaster Specific
3-OtherOther Needs:

Flag Raising –
Flag Lowering –
Scouts Own –
Camp Fire –
Bathroom Cleanup –
Fireman/Police Officer needed for Skit at Flag Raising
Campfire Skits:
All Troops are asked to organize at least one skit based around the Zombie theme for the Saturday Campfire.

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10- STU  “Are You Smarter Than Your Scoutmaster?”
Interest In Adult Training:
1-Youth Protection
2-Scoutmaster Specific

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New Award at Camporee

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Traditionally, the major competition at camporees has been the coveted Willy Award. This award focuses on the best troop campsite. We will continue this beloved tradition.

In addition, this camporee, the North Star District Commissioner Service will be sponsoring a new series of awards. The purpose of this series of awards is to focus our troops’ efforts at Camporee on the patrol method both in the particular camporee at hand and to encourage participation in successive camporees.

For more information, see the flyer.

Roundtable Plans Fall Camporee

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Stu Bowes, Camporee Chair and Assistant District Commissioner, led a conversation at the September Roundtable to plan the Fall Camporee. He reports that the Fall Camporee will take place Friday, October 9, 2015 through Sunday morning, September 11, 2015 at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired at 7725 N. College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Camping on athletic fields at purple pin's location
Camping on athletic fields at purple pin’s location

The theme will be “Zombie Apocalypse.” The topic will be Emergency Preparedness. This will give us a wonderful chance to be able to mix the Halloween season’s goofiness with serious skills training and practice.

The cost will be $5 per person.

Security gates will be open most of the weekend. Using the 75th Street entrance is usually the easiest and least confusing approach.

Camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


After the Roundtable meeting the following items still need to be completed. Troops are asked to contribute information about the following items to Stu:

  1. competition station plans (please ask your PLC to contribute ideas; senior scouts running stations is a wonderful way to intrigue senior scouts about camporees);
  2. Number of scouts and adults attending;
  3. Every troop to plan a campfire skit;
  4. You will be required to use a fire pan because only above-ground fires are allowed.

Fall Camporee patchWe also need volunteers to do the following:

  1. Troops or honorary society (i.e., Firecrafter Ember or OA Chapter) for flag raising and lowering;
  2. Troop or honorary society to lead campfire;
  3. Troop or honorary society to lead “Scouts Own”;
  4. Troop to perform bathroom cleanup on Sunday.

Also needed police officer or fireman with vehicle for Zombie Apocalypse skit at flag raising ceremony. Please contact Stu Bowes if you can help. Some of our IMPD officer-scouters will be otherwise occupied with professional or troop duties.

Stu announces dates for Camporees

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In his wrap-up message for the Spring 2015 Camporee, Camporee Chair Stu Bowes announced the dates for the Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 Camporees.

The 2015 Fall Camporee will be held at the Blind School from Friday, October 9 through Sunday morning, October 11, 2015.

The 2016 Winter Camporee is scheduled for January 22-24.

RSVPs can be made on the Events page.

Looking forward to seeing you all again next Camporee!

2015 Spring Camporee memories

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Below are a few pictures from the very rainy 2015 Spring Camporee held from April 24- 26, 2015 at Camp Cullom in Frankfort, Indiana.

Friday night with Troop 18

Saturday morning with Troop 343:

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Camporee campsites and competitions

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Campsite Assignments 

1- Shelter House/Playground (#2+3)              T343
2- Field Across from playground (T6)            T18 
3- Field Across from playground (T7)            T35
4- Nuthatch (will be used for OA Call Out and Saturday Night Campfire)
5- Outback (#19)                                T73
6- Sugar Maple Ridge (#21)                      T69
7- Cottontail (#22)                             T804
8- Sassafras Grove (#24)                        T358
9- Hill Top (#28)                               T586 
10- Blue Bird Meadow (#31)                      T269Camp Cullom map of camp ground

 Patrol Competitions 

T343 – Lost & Found (compass)
T358 – Fire Building
T69  – Wilderness Basketball
T586 – Into The Wild
T804 – Knotty Survival Relay
T18  – Wilderness Shelter Building
T73  – Wilderness Rescue Relay
T269 – Hypothermia Challenge
Stu  – Are You Smarter Than Your Scoutmaster?