2017 Spring Camporee
Date: April 7th – 9th, 2017
Location: South Platte Valley Historical Society, Fort Lupton
What is Spring Camporee?
Spring Camporee is a three-day, two night campout that is put on in conjunction with the neighboring Mountain View district, and is open to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venture crews alike. Leadership typically involves a troop or volunteer that plans the event with help from the Flatirons and Arapaho chapters of the Order of the Arrow. Spring Camporee is held at a different venue and with a different theme every year, so there are always new activities and themes for this event; it is rare to see the same thing twice at Spring Camporee! Even though the themes change each year, Spring Camporee activities are centered on teamwork, scoutcraft, handicraft, and venue- specific activities (See the ‘2016 Spring Camporee’ section below!) In addition to activities that revolve around the theme of the camporee, Camporee is also an important event for the local Order of the Arrow chapters. One dinner and one breakfast meal are prepared and served by the Flatirons and Arapaho chapters, which are used as fundraisers for both chapters. In addition to fundraising, the Order of the Arrow uses Spring Camporee to conduct their Callout ceremonies for Arrow of Light recipients and for Ordeal candidates.
Spring Camporee 2016
On the weekend of April 29th, we held the 2016 Spring Camporee at the historic Fort Lupton. Morning Scout program consisted of several cooking and team-building related activities around the Fort’s campgrounds and at the Fort itself, and Afternoon program included plans for muzzle-loading rifle demonstrations by Fort Lupton staff, .22 caliber rifle shooting, archery and tomahawk throwing, along with guided tours of the Fort. Saturday’s dinner consisted of a Dutch-Oven potluck, including dishes containing a mystery ingredient which were judged and awarded the Golden Spoon, based upon creative use of pineapple. A cantaloupe-carving competition was also held, which invited scouts to carve their artistic depiction of their scoutmaster on a cantaloupe, which was judged based on creativity and resemblance to their scoutmaster.
Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side this year. Original plans for the Camporee the weekend of April 15 th had to be rescheduled to the 30 th due to inclement weather, which followed on the rescheduled weekend regardless. Due to chilling rain and wind, we had to shut down the camporee early, however, we were able to conduct our dutch-oven dinner and the OA was able to conduct its Callout ceremony prior to closing the camp. Despite the weather, we were able to make Spring Camporee fun and memorable for everyone who was involved!
Thank you to everyone who made the 2016 Spring Camporee possible! We would like to specifically recognize the individuals below for their contributions in organizing, planning, and executing the Camporee this year:
Sam E. – Scout-in- Charge
Chris R. – Camporee Chairman
John E. – Fort Lupton Liaison
Charlie H. – OA Meal preparation, Flatirons Chapter Advisor
Butch H. – Archery Director, Arapaho Chapter Advisor
Peter P. – Arapaho Chapter Advisor, Ceremony Advisor
Larry R. – .22 Caliber Director
Wes B. – .22 Caliber RSO
Kim P. – Check-In Director
Bill C. – Tomahawk Director, Ceremony Advisor
Fort Lupton Volunteers – for providing tours of the Fort
Order of the Arrow – Flatirons Chapter members
Order of the Arrow – Arapaho Chapter members
Kevin W. – Medic
I would also like to recognize the leadership of Troop 69, for volunteering to run the Boiled Egg Race station on Saturday morning. Below is a picture of the patches that were designed for the 2016 Spring Camporee. All scouts and adults that signed-up as general admission received the orange-bordered patch, and all adults and staff that signed-up as event staff received the silver-bordered patch.