Germantown, Cordova, Collierville scouts gather to compete at camporee | Community Spirit
Hundreds of Boy Scouts from Germantown, Cordova, and Collierville gathered on Saturday for the 2010 Eastern District Camporee at Camp Currier in Eudora, MS. A camporee is a Scouting tradition, an event where patrols of four to eight boys compete against each other in a wide range of events. Competitions at this year's camporee included traditional scout mainstays like compass, fire building, and flagpole raising. Newer events at this year's camporee included Leave No Trace, where scouts show their knowledge of camping techniques that don't harm the environment.
Scouts competed in three main categories. New patrols are made up of boys who just crossed over from Cub Scouting in February or March. Regular patrols are made up of more typical combinations of scouts. Older boys, typically age 15 and up, competed in a category all their own.
Besides the standard camporee events, there were special activities like an 'Iron Chef' competition, where scouts showed their skills at the culinary arts. Venture crews (what used to be called 'Exploring', featuring units of older boys and girls) competed in geocaching, using GPS technology to find hidden treasure.
This year's camporee was originally scheduled for April 23rd through the 25th, but was postponed due to the severe weather threat for those days.
2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA's mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law, which are virutally unchanged in a cenury.
To find a Scouting unit near you, visit the Chickasaw Council's website or call the council office at (901) 327-4193.