Lewis and Clark District Spring Camporee
Camp Scoutana @ Cobb Ranch
May 17, 18, 19, 2013
Directions to Scoutana
N 47d 27.32—W112d 41.59
Go west from Great Falls about 12 miles on I15 to Vaughn exit
Exit west onto MT 89/200 20 miles about to town of Simms
Continue west on 200/21/287 to Augusta about 23 miles
In Augusta turn west on Nilan Reservoir Rd(also called the Beaver Creek/Willow Creek Rd) continue past Nilan Lake about 15 miles
When road forks after 15 miles go right about 1 mile on Beaver/Willow Creek Rd
Scoutana will be on your left in plain view from the road…Remember after Augusta you always go right, no left turns until you get to camp, if you cross Willow Creek you went too far
Theme: This Camporee will be focused on Geocaching and hiking
Registration – fees – tour permits: Registration is $10 per person, payable in Scout office by 5/10/2013 at 4:00pm. 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”. Registration deadline is May 10,2013
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”.
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 things you need to be aware of
“BEAR AWARE” – You also need to cover this with your boys prior to the Camporee. Do not have open food about the camp at night or in your tents……….Period!
Wild animal awareness and safety
Food Handling & Storage In the wild
Emergency and Survival Priorities
Basic Wilderness First Aid
Basic & Useful Knots
S.T.O.P – Stop – Think – Observe – Plan
Emergency Shelters I 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 the 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 contests 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 – 100 points
The campsite shall be well laid out, neat & orderly, this includes inside the tents, too. Typical areas to include are: cut and uncut wood area/pile, ax yard, cooking area, camp kitchen, and wash area, etc.
Does your camp have the First Aid kit present and obvious? Are there water buckets/barrels available for fire? Is the fire place of approved design? Are tents 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? Is an approved ax yard neatly set up? Is there a proper dish washing area? Is 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 points
20 points for the American flag
20 points for the Troop flag
20 points for the Patrol flags (If there are 2 patrols they need 2 patrol flags – Patrol flag names must match registered patrol names)
10 points each for a current – 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
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 feet of small diameter rope,
2.) Three feet 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. One scout will be chosen from each Patrol to produce all 10 essentials.
5. Twelve point GPS course-600 points plus 400 additional points for solving the word scramble…….This will be the main focus of your Camporee.
This contest will be a 12 point course laid out over the entire camp area. You will be given 12 coordinate to find a letter of the alphabet and compile them to discover a word scramble to solve. You will be given a clue to solve this puzzle. Each patrol will start at different points to alleviate crowding and possible viewing of other Patrols working
Note that you have to bring your own GPS devices ( one per patrol) to the Camporee and you have to have a class at your meeting on how to run a GPS program.
There are many Geocaches in and around Great Falls that will give you a challenge to find.
6. Montana’s largest Geocache.. 200 pts………Each Patrol competing will need to bring trade items( no larger than one item per boy and no bigger than six inches long. We will be hiding and marking a camo painted 33 gallon trash can to post on the Geocaching website. Can will be painted at cracker barrel by patrol leaders.
7. The Unknown Hike.. 500 pts……A nice little jaunt about 5 miles round trip. You will be asked to identify at least 10 plants trees etc. and 10 animals. This hike will require a daypack with food water and survival gear, good hiking boots and raingear. Be aware there are bears out this time of year.
8. Montana GPS Clue Game geo-hunt mystery….100pts ……….If time will allow we will do a dusk mystery game of clue with a GPS. First Patrol to solve will get an additional….100 pts This will be done instead of skits.
9. Open sling throw……Points will vary……Using an open sling style hurl a tennis ball and have the patrol leader catch it for points, and yes there will be points awarded for style.
10. Cobb Ranch public service….300 pts…. This is a project to pay for our stay there….To be announced at Cracker Barrel
11. Troop Scouter award. Each Troop will vote for the Scout that was most helpful to their Troop at this event. One Scout per Troop. Webelo’s will be voted separately
12. Cracker Barrel will be a pizza party and will start at 8:30 pm. Remember that cracker barrel is limited to Scout leaders and Patrol Leader’s and Camping Committee.
13. Campfire and awards and free smores will be at 8:30 pm Saturday night There will be prizes and the trophy award at this event. Each Scout will be given a raffle ticket at campfire to possibly win a new Garmin GPS. There will also be an adult prize awarded at campfire.
14. Camp gate will be required this event…..100 pts
Camping sites will be done on a first come basis.
One of the most important parts of a Spring Camporee is to keep warm and dry. Each Scout must know what to wear. Spring weather is very changeable, requiring preparedness for any condition. A nice day can turn into a very cold night.
Your best protection is common sense. Dress in layers. Avoid working up a sweat, and stay comfortable by removing or adding layers. Cotton clothing is not good. Wool is.
Waterproof boots are essential. Wear good wicking socks.
A good wool or thermal hat is needed, it must be able to cover your ears. You can also wear it in your sleeping bag. A scarf is also important, to cover your neck.
Good gloves and a backup pair for each boy. The best for back-up is mittens in wool.
Scouts are more vulnerable to cold at meals, because they do not move around as much. Adults need to ask each boy if he is dry and not sweaty. If needed have them change clothes.
Clothing inspection…Unit leaders should visually inspect each boy before he hits the trail.
If the Camping Committee sees a boy unfit to task he mays be pulled from events.
Webelos – There will be webelo’s allowed at camp.
There may be water hydrants available, but may be turned off, so bring water.
Campfires are limited to rings or above ground unless restricted by USDA Forest Service. Bring your own wood. There will be some wood available but don’t count on it. shovels and 5 gallons of water needs to be by each fire, and adult supervision at all times.
RV’s will be permitted only by adult leadership or for medical reasons.
Pack in, pack out. Leave no trace.
There are 3 toilets.