Waldo District Boy Scouts host Spring Camporee May 18-20

Fort Knox event includes scouts and leaders from surrounding counties
May 10, 2018

Prospect — The Waldo District Spring Camporee 2018 for Maine Boy Scouts will take place May 18-20 at Fort Knox, 740 Fort Knox Road. All scouts and their leaders are invited from other districts and councils; the greatest numbers are expected from Waldo and Knox counties, as well as from Katahdin Council's more northern municipalities.

Running from 4 p.m. arrival and set-up on the 18th to the breaking of camp at 10 a.m. on the 20th, the camporee features events, programs and activities throughout the weekend. The scouts' service project for the weekend will be cleaning up the fort and grounds as directed by Leon Seymour.

Scouts will tour Fort Knox and learn its history, as well as visit the Observation Tower on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Scouts will join the 6th Maine Civil War Volunteers re-enactment group for demonstrations, drills and cannon-firing. On Saturday evening there will be a bonfire “Ring of Fire event”; and a helicopter landing might occur, weather permitting.

The purpose of the camporee is to help young people grow up to be responsible, caring, reverent and patriotic citizens. Scouting ground rules for a camporee provide that it must be fun; young people and adults must have a pleasurable time or they will not be there.

According to the Waldo Spring Camporee Leader's Guide, camporee must have fellowship: meeting new people, greeting old friends, renewing scouting ideals.

A camporee must be a learning experience, and the learning must be fun and rewarding for all, suited to the skill level of the participants, the guide says.

The learning also should be aimed at meeting some advancement goals; advancement leads to longer scouting involvement and deeper commitment to the Scout Oath and Law.

For more Information and registration, contact District Director Charles "Chuck" Major at 866-2241, ext. 106.


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