Troop 407 participated in Camporee at Bonelli Park in San Dimas on April 30 through May 1. When Scouts arrived, they went through a thorough inspection of their uniform, Scout knowledge and 10 Essentials. Then, Scouts set up their tents and readied their campsite for the following day.
In the morning, Scouts woke up at 6 a.m. and immediately started making breakfast. Then, Scouts completed activities such as fire safety, knife and axe safety, a mystery event and orienteering. The mystery event was a water slide that we went down in our clothes. The activities took almost the entire day.
Afterward, Scouts went to their campsites and were able to participate in a Dutch Oven cook-off, where Scouts made food items in a Dutch Oven and judges tested the results on taste, smell and look. Our patrols put in a valiant effort, but didn’t win any awards. Next, Scouts relaxed and played games while some of the Scouts got dinner ready.
Later that night, at 8:30 p.m., Scouts attended a campfire, which announced the winners of the events. The Squirrels got first place and the Wolverines second! That is quite a jump from last year when we were in second-to-last overall and the year before when we were dead last! Everyone should be proud of their contribution. For a few boys, it was their first Camporee. Also that night, Order of the Arrow elections were held based on ballots that were cast at a previous Scout meeting. Zach M., Jackson and Thomas were elected members.
Sunday morning, Scouts were required to attend Scouts Own. After that, we packed up and left the site. What a great event and weekend!