It may come as a complete shock to most mothers, but at camporees – competitions between local troops – and at summer camp, each campsite is inspected and judged daily. White gloved, if you will. Not a candy wrapper on the ground. Tents neat. Beds maid. Clothes hung up. Bathroom clean. Dishes washed and put away. Duty rosters posted and checked off. Fires out. Water buckets for fire safety in place. And so on, down a very long list. Campsites are inspected and scored daily.
Did you know your son was capable of such things? Four Delphian students and Troop 215 scouts proved it this weekend, along with 18 of their peers and 10 adult leaders. They helped Troop 215 win the Presidential Award for best campsite, one of two top awards for the weekend.
The Cascade Pacific Council’s Eagle Valley District Camporee was held at Camp Cooper, a large and isolated scout reservation some 30 miles north of Willamina. No cell service, no electrical service, running water from wells, rare flat spots, old logging roads. Rain. Campsites were carved out of hillsides near a famous waterfall and cascading streams.
New scouts Diego, Jason, and Walter joined in the competitions and are almost finished earning their right to carry and use sharp tools (pocket knives, axes, hatchets, saws). One of the adult leaders is a farrier – a blacksmith who specializes in shoeing horses – who taught the scouts to reseat an axehead on its handle. With a bit more work, each will have his Totin’ Chip, the Boy Scout license to carry and use their pocket knives.
Jason, Walter, and Diego (left to right) almost finished their Toten’ Chip this weekend at Camp Cooper’s Camporee. The chip is the Boy Scout “license to carry” a pocket knife and use hatches, axes, and saws after extensive training in the safe use and care of such tools. Tools, not toys. Michael (far right), as a Life Scout, long ago earned his chip.
For more information about Boy Scouting at the Delphian School, contact Tom Wright at 800.626.6610.
Why the shape of the Boy Scout symbol? Ask any scout!