As in year’s past, the spring camporee events are centered around the experiences of Scouting’s founder, Robert Baden-Powell, during the Siege of Mafeking during the Second Boer War. Baden-Powell, a British colonel, was charged with defending the South African town during the 217 days the siege extended from 1899 to 1900. Because of the shortage of manpower in the town, boys below the official fighting age volunteered to support the troops, carry messages and help in the hospital. This freed up men for military duties, and kept the boys occupied.
- Overall: 3rd place, Leadership Corps
- Electric Fence: work as a team to move the entire group over an electrified fence — 2nd place, Leadership Corps
- Enemy Spies: maneuver around the searchlight beams of an enemy camp — 2nd place, Armored Armadillos Patrol
- Man Down!: provide first aid and transport a member of your patrol wounded by enemy sniper fire — 1st place, Leadership Corps; 2nd place, Patriots Patrol
- Map Sketch: recall from memory and sketch out the elements of an enemy encampment — 3rd place, Armored Armadillos Patrol
- Navigators' Nightmare: using your compass, follow the course provided — 1st place, Armored Armadillos Patrol; 2nd place: Patriots Patrol
- Observation Post: recall from memory a collection of items viewed for only 90 seconds — 3rd place, Armored Armadillos Patrol
- River Crossing: estimate the width of a river crossing without conventional measuring instruments — 3rd place, Leadership Corps
- Signal for Help: send and receive a message by Morse code — 3rd place, Leadership Corps
- Starlight, Star Bright: without using a compass, find a given direction — 1st place (tie), Leadership Corps
- Tower of Power: build a tripod to test your speed and strength — 2nd place, Leadership Corps
|The troop readies to hit the trails in search of litter.|
|Between a late night of competitions and an afternoon of|
mountain biking, Scouts like Trey were tuckered out!
|Saturday evening's camporee-wide campfire provided|
opportunities for fellowship, entertainment and
Scouts awoke Sunday morning to prepare breakfast, attend the closing flag ceremony and participate in a camporee-wide devotional service led by the troop's chartered organization representative, Michael Tullier.
At the Patrol Leaders Council meeting on Monday, the troop's youth leadership praised the camporee competitions and the patrols' performance, as well as the variety of Saturday afternoon activities; the Saturday campfire featuring performances by other troops; the leadership provided by the troop's patrol leaders; the food prepared by the patrols; campout setup on Friday and take down on Sunday; and campsite noise levels. The PLC noted that a central location for event schedules and other event information would help reduce questions and keep Scouts informed throughout the event.
For more photos from the spring camporee, visit the troop's online photo album.