Lewis and Clark District Spring Camporee

By David Mikulecky

Lewis & Clark 2012 Spring Camporee

At “Scoutana” on the “Cobb Ranch”

About 73 miles West of Great Falls (16 miles past Augusta on the Beaver Creek/Willow Creek road)

Event Date May 18-20, 2012                     Release # 1                     Released on April 19,, 2012

Directions to Camporee @ Scoutana: (N 47d 27.32  –  W 112d  41.59)

Link to Location/Google Map

Go west from Great Falls about 14 miles on I 15 to Vaughn

Go west from Vaughn about 20 miles on Hwy 89/200 to Simms

Go west from .Simms about 23 miles on Hwy 200/21/287 to Augusta

Go west from Augusta about 15 miles on Nilan Reservoir road (also called the Beaver Creek/Willow Creek road) Signs should point you to Nilan Lake,

The road splits here, take the right road and continue on straight (west) for about 1 mile on the Beaver Creek /.Willow Creek Road.

Scoutana should be on your left and is clearly seen from the road.

If you cross Willow Creek you have gone to far.

Please read this Camporee Information carefully as there are many changes

Theme:  “Learn and Do” (Explain – Demonstrate – Guide – Enable or Evaluate)

The camporee will be quite different this year, as the scouts will receive training in the morning a number of Scout Skills covering basic aspects of hiking and camping in Montana.  The scouts will be then asked to demonstrate some of these skills in addition to basic scout skills that each scout should have.   Some of these skills will be demonstrated by the individual scout and others will be demonstrated by their patrol.  The scouts will also be evaluated on team work and problem solving.  It will be essential that each patrol have a “Patrol Leader” or “Acting Patrol Leader”.

Registration – Fees – Tour Permits:

Registration is $10 per person, payable in the Scout office by May 11 at 4:00 pm. We need the name of one adult from your troop to help with the judging. Remember you need to get a “Local Tour Permit” from the Scout Office. The “Tour Permits” will be checked when you arrive at the Camporee.  You will not be allowed to camp or compete without a “Tour Permit”.  This also means you must have at least “Two Deep Leadership” and at least one leader trained in “Youth Protection”  You should also have a copy of the “Medical Form” for each scout and each leader, in addition to “Parent Permission Slips” and a copy of “Guide to Safe Scouting”

Check in: All troops need to check in with the camping committee when they arrive in camp.  The camping committee needs to know the final numbers so that they may prepare for the contests etc.  The Camping Committee will also show/tell you where you can set up camp and where to park your vehicles Campsites are generally assigned on a first come basis.  Please check with the camping committee before parking, so that we may maximize the use of this area for all.

Check out:  All troops need to check out with the camping committee before they leave camp, failure to do so may result in loss of patches.  Make sure your camp area is clean “Leave no Trace”

Webelos:  There will be no Webelo Activities or Camp

General Rules for the Camporee and Camp Area:

  • You need to bring your own water for cooking and cleanup in addition you need to have water for your fire.
  • You will need to bring your own wood for cooking & campfires.
  • Do not count on any wood being available in camp.   However, there is wood that can be cut near the road.
  • No cutting of live trees, shrubs, etc.
  • The use of fire barrels will be required.   Gas or propane stoves may also be used.
  • All food items must be “Bear Proof containers“
  • No candy/snacks or “smellables” in tents.  This does not include boys but it includes soap, mouth wash, gum, tooth paste, deodorant etc.
  • Troops will be allowed to have their troop trailers only at the edge of camp (on the edge and out of the way)
  • RV’s used for medical reasons (breathing machines etc)  will also be parked at the edge of camp near the main Lodge” in one area “general parking area”  All other vehicles will be parked away from the Troop Camping area” and in the “general parking area.”
  • The campsite shall be well laid out, neat & orderly, this includes inside the tents.
  • “Pack it in & Pack it Out” & “Leave no Trace” camping will be required.
  • No fishing or waterfront activities from Friday noon till Sunday noon.
  • Bring an extra 5 gallons of water for fire watch. Above ground fires only, fire watch posted and one adult leader in camp at all times when a fire is burning Also remember No One On One with Scouts

Caution: We are camping in Montana in a primitive and undeveloped area.  You will encounter wild animals. It is reported that the Grizzly Bears are out of their dens and they may be in the trees/brush around camp and down by the creek. There have been reports of Mountain Lions in the area also.  In addition there are wolves and/or wolf hybrids in the area.  All of these animals are hungry after winter and are looking for food. Other animals that may be in the area may be small and harmless, like a mosquitoes or flies or large and harmful bring insect repellent if needed and if you are allergic to bee stings etc, bring the medicines that you need in case you get stung.

This is Montana and its wildlife.  Be prepared.  Do not harm the wildlife this includes the flowers, shrubs and trees.  Stay away from the dangerous animals (snakes) and avoid bothering all wildlife.  Do not attract animals to you.  Do not feed the wildlife.  Place your food out of reach of animals.

It is the responsibility of the Scout Master and other adult troop leaders to inform themselves on “BEAR SAFETY” and “Bear Attractants” etc. in addition to mountain Lion Safety” and to cover it with their scouts.

For additional information see 


Materials:  You will need to bring your own wood and rope for camp gadgets and lashing.etc.

A back pack per boy to carry their contest materials, etc.

A shovel and a trowel for making cat holes and latrines.

See the contest descriptions for find what other things that the scouts must bring.

Porta Potties will be provided by the Camporee Committee.

Patrol Size:  You should have a minimum of 3-4 scouts in a patrol and a maximum of 8-10 scouts. Small troops with small patrols may be added together so that the patrol may compete in events.  In the scoring of the points for completion of an event, scores will be adjusted mathematically so that small or large patrols are not handicapped or given an unfair advantage.

A List of Skills to be Demonstrated/Taught/Discussed after Flags and before the Contests:

“Bear Aware” You also need to cover this with your boys prior to the Camporee.

Wild animal awareness & safety.

Food Handling & Storage in the wild

Emergency and Survival Priorities

Basic Wilderness First Aid

Water Purification.

Fire Building

Basic & Useful Knots

S.T.O.P. –  Stop – Think – Observe — Plan

Hiking Hints/Rules

Emergency Shelters in the Outdoors

Camping Committee Philosophy:

Adults are welcome to watch their boys compete.

The boys should have learned the skills prior to the contests.

The boys are to do the work, the adults just watch.

Troops/Patrols are not to be assisted by adult leaders.

The boys are to work together as a team; they start together and finish together.

The Senior Patrol Leader is the person leading their troop, and the Patrol Leader is the person leading his patrol.

A Scout will be a living example of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto and Scout Slogan and they will camp

following the Outdoor Code.

The contests will be announced and explained as much as possible and as early as possible before the event.

Some contest by their very nature will not be announced or explained until right before the contest starts.

Contests & Competition:   

1. Check In – 100 Points

The “Tour Permit” is Current and appropriate.

Medical Forms (adult and youth) are on site and available.

Parental Permission / Consent slips are on site and available.

2. Camp Site Setup, Organization & Gateway – 100 Points

The campsite shall be well laid out, neat & orderly, this includes inside the tents.  Typical areas to include are; cut and uncut wood area/pile, ax yard, cooking area, camp kitchen, wash area, etc. We will not be grading the gateway or name board this time.  (Each unit will have a camp gateway.  This should be constructed of non-manufactured lumber products & lashed together on site.  (Non-manufactured lumber products = logs or poles from the woods) The name board may be constructed off site & may be made from manufactured lumber products).

Does your camp have a the First Aid kit present and obvious, is there water buckets/barrels available for fire, is the

fire place of approved design, are tents are correctly and neatly set up, is there a spade/shovel available, are extra

Rope/line and camp materials neatly stored, has the original ground cover been removed, is there a designated hand washing area, and is an approved ax yard neatly set up?

Is there a proper dish washing area, is the food properly stored & is the area neat and clean, are trash bags  available & in use, is the water stored to prevent leaking, is the meal preparation area neat and clean, and are the meals served in a cleanly manner?

3. Flags – American, Troop & Patrol – Troop Duty Roster, Menu & Schedule of events. – 100 Pts.

A maximum of 20 points for the American flag

A maximum of 20 points for the Troop flag

A maximum of 20 points for the Patrol flags.  (If there are 2 patrols they need 2 patrol flags)

(Patrol names must match registered patrol names)

A maximum of 10 points each for a current – the schedule of events – menu – duty roster –

& fire watch schedule.  (If they are not current = 0 points)

4. Is the Scout Prepared – 10 Essential Items plus – 100 points plus

Does each scout have the 10 Essential Outdoor items as per “The Boy Scout Handbook” pg. 207 and do they have the following bonus items:

1.) ten foot of small diameter rope,

2.) three foot of Duct Tape wrapped on a short pencil,

3.) A small survival kit,

4.) Scout Book,

5.) Insect repellent.

6.) “Mountain Money” (toilet paper)

Each patrol will be evaluated by an adult – scouts will be asked to produce a random item from the list above.

5. “Make a Survival Shelter” – 100 points

Each scout will make a “Survival Shelter”.  It is suggested that they use a rain fly, small blue plastic tarp,

Visquine, a painters plastic drop cloth, Space blanket etc.

They must take the shelter down after the contest unless they are going to sleep in it Saturday night, to fulfill one of their wilderness survival merit badge requirement.  They will then have to take it down Sunday morning.

6. Start a Fire with Flint and Steel – 100 points

Each Scout will start a fire with flint and steel.  They will have to provide their own flint & steel in addition to their “Char Cloth”.  See Page 413 in the Boy Scout Handbook.

7. “Lay a Fire” – 100 points

Each Scout will “Lay a Fire” (with locally obtained materials).  See Page 411 in the Boy Scout Handbook.

8. “Bare Ground Fire Site” – 100 points

Each patrol will build a “Bare Ground Fire Site” Do Not Build a Fire on the “Bare Ground Fire Site”

See Page 410 in the Boy Scout Handbook.

9. Dig a “Cat Hole” and make a small Latrine – 100 points

Each scout will dig with a trowel and cover up a “Cat Hole” after it has been inspected by a Camporee judge.

See pages 249-250 in the Boy Scout Handbook.

Each patrol will make a small / simple latrine and cover it up after it has been inspected. .

See pages 128-130 in the Boy Scout Field Book.

10. “Basic Knots” – 100 points

Each scout will be required to tie one or more  basic Scout knot(s) and tell how he would use that knot.

11. “Lunch on the trail” – 100 points

Each scout will have a “Sack” – “Cold lunch” on the trail (in their survival camp site area.).  They will be graded/evaluated on how balanced the lunch is, how easy it was to prepare, and how the scout took care of the waste or left over materials from the lunch.

12. Campfire Skit – 100 Points 

Each Patrol will present a short skit.  This is a team event and will be judged by the Camping Committee.

The whole patrol must be involved.  Make it original..

Remember that this is a Pack it in & Pack it Out Camporee

You will need to bring wood for your fires & drinking water

Time Line & Schedule

May 11 4:00 Registration is due at the Scout Office.  (pick up “Trip Permit” if you don’t have it)

May 17 4:00 – 8:00 Arrive – Check in & set up camp

May 17 9:00 – 10:00 Cracker Barrel- All Scout Masters – SPLs.

(Required one adult and one youth leader for each patrol) & Judges.

11:00 Lights out

May 18   7:00 Reveille

Breakfast (on your own)

9:00 Flag Ceremony by camp headquarters

9:30 Demonstrations will start

After Demonstrations the contests will start

They will have a Cold Trail Lunch (on their own) in their Survival Camp site

4:00 Contests are finished/Final Judging.

4:00 – 5:00 “Zero Trace Camping” Inspection

6:00 Dinner with your troop

8:30 Skits – Campfire – Guests – Awards

11:00 Lights out

May 16   7:00 Reveille

Breakfast on your own

10:00 Camp Check out.

Resources & Hints:

BSA Wilderness Survival Merit Badge Booklet

BSA Backpacking Merit Badge Booklet

Some good online resources are





http://www.gorp.com/hiking-guide/index-sp.html  (go to Practical Advice)

Things that I learned while researching & preparing for this contest:

A couple items that one might to include in their essential items

Large garbage bag – can be used as a rain coat, poncho, ground covering, rain fly etc

Para Cord – Strong & light weight – inside strands can be used as fish line

Zip Ties – holding items together.

Petroleum Jelly soaked cotton balls in a film canister – great fire starter – burns a long time

LED lights are the way to go – Also think of getting a head lamp = hands free light.

Zip Lock Baggies – Great for storing things in & waterproof & you can see what is inside – can be used as gloves.

Wal-Mart has a small 5×7 fabric tarp that works well and is less than $10- can also be used as a rain coat or poncho.

Whistles without a ball in them can be heard for a longer distance.

File a Travel Plan — Stay Together & Stay put if lost   — If Lost   –  S.T.O.P. –  Stop – Think – Observe – Plan

Survival Kits” or Equipment doesn’t do you any good if you leave it home or back at the truck.

Questions: Questions on the contest should be addressed to

David Mikulecky, 406-453-7966 davenmim@bresnan.net   

Campsite Checklist & Evaluation Form for Lewis & Clark Dist/MT Council

Gateway    (See Contest # 4)

• U. S. flag attached or on a separate pole?

• Unit flag attached or on a separate pole?

• Patrol flag(s) attached or on a separate pole?

• Gateway is free standing?

• Gateway sign?

• Correct use of lashings

• Ropes are whipped or back spliced?

• Twine is natural fiber?

• Gateway looks neat and is well constructed


• Campsite is laid out with separate eating, cooking, sleeping and work areas?

• Cars are out of the camping area?

• The area is well drained in case of rain?

• The campsite has a neat and clean appearance? (free from debris & clutter)

• All litter is picked up?

• If the troop has more than one patrol are the patrols cooking and camping separately?

• Schedule of events is posted?

• Menu posted?

• Duty rooster including fire watch is posted?

• First aid kit is present and visible? (1/patrol)

Cooking and Dinning area

• Is the “Duty Roster” being followed?

• Is the patrol method used?

• Sites for stove(s) & fire well selected?

• Patrol boxes are neat & clean & orderly?

• Is there a food preparation area?

• Dining fly is up? (separate dining area)

• Is the meal served in a cleanly manner?

• Is there a dish washing area?

• Utensils and dishes are kept clean & orderly?

• Food is stored to keep it safe from weather & wildlife?

• Is the drinking water stored in a safe & sanitary manner?

• Trash bags are in use?

• Waste water disposal area?

• Soap & water set out for hand washing?

• Hands are washed before eating or working with food?

Fire Area

• Is the ground cleared at least 10 feet from the fire? (mowing or weed eating ok)

• Is the fire at least 15 feet from any tent?

• Is there a grate on the fire?

• Is there water to put out the fire? (25 gallons)

• Are there small (one gal.) buckets available?

Axe Yard

• Is the axe yard roped off & well marked?

• Are the cutting tools sharp & well stored?

• A minimum size of 2 axe handle radius?

• Only one scout at a time in the axe yard?

Fuel storage area

• Is the wood properly stored (near fire & axe yard)

• Are all of the flammable liquids property stored?

• Is the propane properly stored?

Supplies and Equipment Storage

• Is there an area for storage of equipment?

• Are the extra ropes & twine properly stored?

• Are the supplies & Equipment stored so that they are kept neat, clean and dry?

• Is there one shovel or spade available per patrol?


• Are all of the tents set up properly? ( i.e. knots)

• Tents are staked down?

• Tents are not set up in low areas?

• Tents are not set up directly under power lines or rotten trees?

• Are the leaders tents separate from the scouts tents?

• Does each tent have a ground cloth?(tucked in?)

Personal Equipment

• Do the scouts have their scout shirts on?

• Are the tails tucked in on there class A’s?

• Are the scouts dressed appropriately for the weather?

• Are the clothes & gear stowed neatly in packs or duffle bags?

• Are the sleeping bags neat & dry?

Latrine if needed

• The latrine is out of sight?

• The latrine is covered so that the person using it is not seen?

• The latrine has toilet paper?

No Trace Camping

• Ground cover is not removed?

• Green trees are not cut?

• Dead trees for fire wood are cut low to the ground?

Troop ____________    Patrol _________________

Evaluated by ___________________  Score  _____________

Prepared by the L&C Camporee Committee, Dave Mikulecky, Chairman – 11-18-06

Boy Scout Camporee Registration

Sponsoring Organization __________________________ City _____________________ Troop / Pack _________

Title Name Phone # Email (Leaders)

Scout Master ______________________ ___________________ __________________

Assistant SM  ______________________ ___________________ __________________

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Jr. Asst.  SM ______________________ ___________________ __________________

S. P. L.  ______________________ ___________________ __________________

Asst. S. P. L.  ______________________ ___________________ __________________

Patrol ___________________________ Patrol ___________________________

Patrol Leader __________________________ Patrol Leader __________________________

Asst.  P.L. __________________________ Asst.  P.L. __________________________

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