There will be two levels of competitions: Troop and Patrol. Awards are presented at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday.
B1. CAMPOREE PROGRAM SCHEDULE: See Appendix B.
B2. TROOP COMPETITION
Troops will compete for Honor Troop and two runner-up positions in three events: gateway design, campsite, and cooking competition.
B2.1. Gateway Design (10 points)
Troops will use pioneering and lashing skills to construct a troop campsite gateway. Judging will take place around lunch time on Saturday.
B2.2. Campsite (10 points)
Troops will be evaluated on their camp area layout, neatness, safety, etc. Judging will take place around lunch time on Saturday.
B2.3. Cooking Competition (10 points)
Troops will prepare at camp a dish with pumpkin as an ingredient to enter in the cooking competition. The dish may be an appetizer, a main dish, or a dessert.
Troops will deliver their dishes to the Staff HQ by 6:30 pm on Saturday for judging. If desired, troops can enter more than one dish in the competition, allowing patrols to participate.
B3. PATROL COMPETITION
Patrols of 3-8 Scouts will compete in different patrol categories based on their skill levels.
B3.1. Patrol Category:
Patrols will compete against each other based on their level of experience.
Junior Patrol = No more than one Scout above First Class
Mixed Patrol = Patrols that do not fit the Junior or Senior Patrol description
Senior Patrol = No more than two Scouts (except Webelos) below First Class
B3.2. Patrol Competition Events:
Patrols will compete in five events: trebuchet competition, useful camp gadgets,
pumpkin carving, campfire song or skit, and “The Case of the Missing Pumpkin.”
B3.2.1. Trebuchet Competition (25 points)
Objective: Using pioneering and lashing skills, SCOUTS design and build a trebuchet to
hurl a small pumpkin a long distance. (Adult leaders, note the emphasis on “SCOUTS”.)
Size of Trebuchet: Note the maximum height from pivot axle to ground for different
Junior Patrol: 3 feet
Mixed Patrol: 4.5 feet
Senior Patrol: 6 feet
Regulations and Construction Rules were emailed to Scoutmasters in February 2012
and published on the George Mason District website:
The same PDF is included in this overview. See Appendix A
B3.2.2. Useful Camp Gadgets (10 points)
Each patrol will set up useful camp gadgets for their camping area. These gadgets will
be evaluated for their creativity, functionality and design. Judging will take place
Saturday afternoon. Please do not bring gadgets already assembled. The objective is
for the patrols to build and assemble gadgets on site.
B3.2.3. Pumpkin Carving (10 points)
Each patrol will bring a pumpkin and carve it at camp to enter this competition. Patrols
will deliver the carved pumpkins to Staff HQ by 6:30 pm on Saturday for judging.
B3.2.4. Campfire Song or Skit (10 points)
The Saturday night campfire is a chance for the camp to sit back and enjoy some lighthearted
entertainment from fellow campers and end the day on a high note. Everyone
looks forward to seeing the wonderful and diverse talents of our Scouts. To enter this
competition, a patrol should prepare a song or skit. Feel free to practice your song
or skit ahead of time. Props and costumes are welcome. Sign up at Staff HQ on
Saturday before 1pm to allow the Staff to plan the order for the campfire.
B.3.2.5. The Case of the Missing Pumpkin (10 points)
Rules of engagement for this event will be announced Friday evening at the SM and
SPL briefing. Scouts are advised to learn and practice their knots and lashings to
succeed in this event.
B4. MERIT BADGES
Troops are encouraged to take advantage of the training and preparation for this
camporee to complete requirements for merit badges such as Pioneering and
Engineering. If you are a Merit Badge Counselor willing to help Scouts with merit badge
requirements, please let the Staff know at check-in on Friday.
B5. TOMAHAWK THROWING
Scouts enjoyed the “Tomahawk Throwing” event at the 2011 Camporee and requested
it again for the 2012 Camporee. The “Tomahawk Throwing” station will be open on
Saturday morning only. Slots to participate as a patrol are limited. Patrols must sign up
at check-in on Friday. Regrettably, Webelos Scouts are not allowed to participate in
“Tomahawk Throwing”, per Guide to Safe Scouting. Note that “Tomahawk Throwing” is
not a scored event.
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