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BSA Camporeee to be held this weekend

Posted: November 1, 2011 2:52 p.m.
Updated: November 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Boy Scouts of American Indian Waters Council will be hosting a Camporee Nov. 4 to 6 at the North Camden Plantation. The theme of the weekend is the Amazing Race.

To sign up for the Camporee, visit www.indianwaters.org and click on “Council Camporee.” Click on the registration, fill out all information and click submit.

When registering a unit, ofiicials ask that you sign-up each individual for the entire unit, and do not allow scouts, parents, etc., to sign up individually. For more information, contact the Council Service Center at 803-750-9868. Webelos I and II, Troops, Venture Crews and Explorer Posts are welcome to participate. A patch is included with registration.

The Camporee 2011 Edition competition activities are designed to challenge the scouts in their teamwork, scouting knowledge, scouting skills and mental/physical capabilities.

The Race will be kicked off Friday night at a short “pep-rally” event where the teams will be divided and they will be given their Route Information Packet. The Route Information Packet will have the order in which they are to go to the countries specified and they must follow that order. The order is developed to reduce congestion at any given country at any given time during the race. The Route Information Packet will have each country listed with a place for the team to put their score at each country. When a team finishes each country they will write down the score the country leader tells them and then moves to the next country on their list. These scores will be verified and validated by the scores on the Road Block Packets that each country’s leaders will turn in at the end of the race.

The Race will officially start Saturday morning and will conclude Saturday evening before evening meal. The teams will leave the start line and run to their first country. When the teams arrive at each country they will be provided a Road Block Packet. The Road Block Packet has two activities described on it and the team must choose one to accomplish. The activities at a country will be scored similarly so that regardless of which activity the team chooses all teams will be scored at the same level. After the team completes an activity, the country’s leader will write the teams score in their Road Block Packet and then tell the team what their score was for them to record it in their Route Information Packet. The country’s leader will retain the Road Block Packet for each team and turn those in at the end for score verification. If a team chooses an activity and then decides they should have tried the other activity they can request to change activities and the country’s leader will reset the scoring and start over. Teams should be aware that doing this could hurt their score if they do not finish ALL of the activities in their Route Information Packet. Any countries not completed by the end of the Race will be given a “0” as a score.

At certain countries each team will be presented with a Detour Packet. This is a Scouting History challenge that must be completed before the Road Block Packet will be given to the team. These Detour Packets are to test the Scout’s knowledge of Scouting History and Heritage. The questions will come from various sources, including but not limited to, the Scouting Heritage Merit Badge Booklet, National B.S.A. website, U.S. Scouting Service Project website, etc. The Detour Packet will contain a question about Scouting History and Heritage that the team will write down the answer to and turn into the country’s leader. Each team will receive two Detour Packets during the race.

The Race will end for each team with them reporting to the “Check-in Mat” after they have completed an activity at each country in their Route Information Packet or time runs out on the Race and we collect their Route Information Packets at the country they are in at the time of the ending horn. The Awards and Recognition of the Amazing Race: Camporee 2011 Edition will be announced and given out Sunday after Chapel Service.

The Countries that the Scouts will be racing through are:
1. United States – 3 Rivers District
2. Brazil - Wateree
3. South Africa - Catawba
4. Germany - Chinquapin
5. Sweden - Edisto
6. Malaysia - Council
7. China - Etowah
8. Australia - Congaree

Each District will be assigned a country to run and decorate during the competition. The leaders and scouts that help the District run and decorate cannot compete in the Race. The countries need to be decorated to represent that country.

District Leaders and /or scouts that help are challenged to dress up, in some manner, in some sort of traditional dress from that country.

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