EDMONDS — The 59th annual Cobscook International Scout Camporee took place Sept. 17 to Sept. 19 at Cobscook Bay State Park in Edmonds. The theme of the camporee was Highland Games. Many scouts and leaders dressed in kilts for the weekend.

Approximately 120 youth and leaders from 13 Scouts BSA Packs and Troops across Maine attended the event, including T200 Camden and  T215 Thomaston.

While Canadian Scout Troops could not attend due to the pandemic, many events were streamed on Facebook Live by staff member Michael Locke so they could participate virtually.

Competition events included hammer throw, caber toss, stone put, highland dance, haggis-a-pult, tomahawk throwing and archery.

Campmaster Chris Bernier of Winslow and his staff had a surprise for the scouts: a visit by the St. Andrew’s Pipes and Drums Band. They led scouts on a parade through the campground, performed for an hour and answered questions about their uniforms and instruments.  There were two competition events for the adults: Dessert cook-off and Caveman Golf.

In caveman golf, leaders had to construct clubs and balls out of natural material, then play a four-hole course. The best score was 157 strokes by Peter Cabanillas of Troop 86.

Sept. 18 wrapped up with a campfire, where units sang or performed skits.

Awards were presented Sept. 19. First was the Bob McVicor Award, named for a long-time Canadian Scout Volunteer who provided many years of support to the event. The award is presented to the unit showing the most scout spirit and most adhering to the camporee theme.

The 2021 recipient was Camden Troop 200. One of their scouts sought and received a donation of black and white plaid material. He dyed it bright yellow, and sewed kilts for all the members of his unit.

In competitions, the top three Scout Troops were Ellsworth T2019 who won first place, Camden T200 who won second place and Gorham T73 who won third place.

Camper of the Weekend recognition was given to Cub Scout Brayden of Pack 454, James of Troop 215 and Nora of T2019. Rather than trophies, camping gear was awarded including a camp stove, folding table, Dutch oven and fire grates.

The 60th annual Cobscook International Camporee will be in 2022. The theme will be about medieval times. The date is to be announced, usually the third or fourth weekend of September.

For more information, search for the Cobscook Camporee on Facebook.

Members of the St. Andrews Pipe & Drum Band perform for the scouts.  Scott Bernier