Sunday, 10 May 2009

Tustumena District Spring Camporee 2009

Just this weekend my unit attend the 2009 Spring Camporee for Tustumena District of the Great Alaska Council. This event was held at Halibut Campground in anchor point which is about an hour from where our Troop meets, so getting there was not a big challenge. This campground is on the beach near the Cook inlet. We had a huge turn out at the event which suprised me. We end up have 14 youth which is awesome for the small size of our Troop. We divided into our regular patrols instead of having just one big patrol like normal because we had enough participation. I unfortunately did not get to see my Troop's two patrol's go through the events because they needed judges for the various competition. I was assigned to the Ronin Patrol from Unit 555. The Patrol I judge in the competion did a excellent job while completing the task. The competition including starting a fire using natural fire starters which means dead plant material and matches and nothing else. After that they had to boil two cups of water in 10 penny can and then dry a wet paper towel with burning it. After that the patrols had to either demonstrate that each could use a signaling mirror, make a accurate and quick signal from natural materials on the beach, and create smoke signal from the fire they started earlier. After that they were given a first aid scenario. Then the patrols went off to lunch with their units. In my unit both patrols had the option of choosing between hard and soft tacos. After lunch there was a orienteering event and then we a a 3 way tug-o-war competition. Finally after discussing the scores with the other judges we decided that the Kiss Patrol from the Seward Troop came in first and the Cavemen patrol from my unit in Soldotna won second. Later in the evening the host Troop which is Troop 55 invited our Troop to come over for a flag retirement ceremony. Instead of just watching the ceremony like I expected, the Troop ended up getting involved in the ceremony. After that our numbers for our unit dropped significantly for staying over the second night.

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616
Great Alaska COuncil
Eagle Scout OA Brotherhood Member
NSJ '05 WSJ '07 Philmont AA '08

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