Boy Scouts participate in camporee
More than 180 Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and leaders from Lawrence, Eudora and Baldwin City participated in the Pelathe District Fall Camporee, conducted Oct. 27-28 at the Bromelsick Scout Camp.
Scouts from Troop 59, led by Senior Patrol Leader Connor Caldwell, planned and conducted the event.
On Saturday morning, each of the troops built a gateway with logs and ropes. These gateways served to welcome about 60 Webelos Scouts Saturday afternoon, who saw the programs of the various troops.
Each gateway area featured an activity for the Webelos. Troop 61 chose fishing at the lake, Troop 55 had a tomahawk-throwing area, Troop 59 had tiny crossbows that shot practice golf balls and other troops had similar events.
All the troops combined under the leadership of Troop 59 to build a 75-foot pioneering bridge for the Scouts and Webelos to climb across.
Also in attendance were Troops 53 and 60 from Lawrence, Troop 64 from Eudora and Troop 65 from Baldwin City.
After the Webelos departed, Scouts participated in challenge course events that stressed teamwork to complete a task.
The last event of the day was an obstacle course with a fire-building challenge. At each event, the patrols received one of the ingredients necessary to bake a cake in a Dutch oven.
The cake decorating competition marked the 100th anniversary of Scouting worldwide. Venture Crew 2052 won the cake contest, and Troop 59 placed second.
The local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter highlighted the evening campfire with the presentation to the district of an American flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol.
The camporee concluded Sunday morning with a church service led by Troop 65.