2012 District Camporee

Scouting Around The World

Synopsis

Howdy! The Arrowmoon District Camporee is an annual campout in which troops all cross the district gather for competition and camaraderie. Patrols take part in events that test their Scouting knowledge and skills, teamwork, and leadership. Scouts and Scouters are encouraged to make new friends and learn new things throughout the weekend.

Seeing as last year was the most widely participated  World Scout Jamboree and this year is the 2012 Summer Olympics, we are celebrating diversity and the wide world of Scouting with our 2012 Camporee theme of Scouting Around the World. We hope each troop will participate in this theme.

Camporee will be held at Camp Arrowmoon near Hearne, Texas in Robertson County. This event is hosted by members of TAMU Students Serving Scouting/Sea Scout Ship 1876 and Scouters within the Arrowmoon District.

To promote pre-registration and improve planning, the fee for the event is $7.00/person if registered by the March 8 District Roundtable. The fee will be $9.00/person after the March 8 District Roundtable. On-site registration will be permissible.

The fee covers the costs of patches, ribbons, facilities, and supplies. Troops are responsible for all troop equipment and meals as well as bringing their best Scouting spirit!

Camporee will be March 23-25, 2012. Check-in begins at 5:30pm on Friday evening. Competitive events will be conducted on Saturday morning and afternoon. Campfire will be held on Saturday evening. Camporee will conclude with a chapel service on Sunday morning. All troops should plan on leaving Camp Arrowmoon by 12:00pm on Sunday.

Important Information

When?                 Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25, 2012

Where?               Camp Arrowmoon, Robertson County, TX

How Much?       Until March 8 Roundtable:           $7.00/person

After March 8 Roundtable:          $9.00/person

Events and Activities

Events and activities throughout the weekend will involve (subject to change):

  • Orienteering
  • Pioneering
  • First Aid
  • Firebuilding
  • Teamwork
  • Fitness
  • Strategy Building
  • Observation
  • Communication


Chair Contact Info

Joe Jilka                                    (979) 224-2698                jjilka@verizon.net

Planning Information

To help this event run as smoothly as possible, we would like to provide you with important information. This information is subject to change as plans are finalized.

Registration

Registration for this year will be on-line using the DoubleKnot registration system.  An emergency contact form is attached to this packet for you to fill out and bring to Camporee. Attach additional sheets as needed. Checks should be made out to SHAC. Please inform us if you are unable to register on-line or wish to mail your registration.

Directions to Camp Arrowmoon

From Bryan/College Station:

Take TX-6 north to FM-2549 (there are overhanging, blinking yellow lights and a green sign for Camp Arrowmoon) and turn right. Go 3.2 miles and turn right onto Camp Arrowmoon Road (there will be another green sign). Drive 1 mile on Camp Arrowmoon Road and turn in to the main gate.

 From Hearne:

Take TX-6 south to FM-2549 (there are overhanging, blinking yellow lights and a green sign for Camp Arrowmoon) and turn right. Go 3.2 miles and turn right onto Camp Arrowmoon Road (there will be another green sign). Drive 1 mile on Camp Arrowmoon Road and turn in to the main gate.

Camp Operation and Layout

Joe Jilka and TAMU Students Serving Scouting/Sea Scout Ship 1876 will be in charge of general camp operations and activities.

Camping will be located within the campsites. A list has been posted to the Arrowmoon website of those campsites troops maintain and care for. If your troop is not listed, please let us know which unclaimed campsite you desire, otherwise we will assign one. Parking and activities will be in the open, south field.

The lodge will serve as the main headquarters and first aid station. However, a satellite headquarters and first aid station will be set up near the activities area on Saturday to facilitate operations.

Parking & Traffic Flow

All traffic will enter through the main gate and exit through the South gate. Vehicles with trailers will be directed to the campsite area. All other vehicles will be directed to the parking area. Only one vehicle per troop is permitted in the campsite area. There will be no parking allowed in the Pine Grove or in the traditional campsite areas, with the exception of one emergency vehicle.

Emergency vehicle parking permits will be issued this year, one per troop. If vehicles without parking permits are found in the campsites, all patrols within the troop will penalized by 10 points per car on their overall competition score.

Schedule

A tentative schedule is contained in this packet. A “final” schedule will be distributed to your troop when you check in on Friday evening.

Check-In

Check-in begins at 5:30pm on Friday, March 23. When your troop arrives, a camp staffer will direct your unit to its camping area. Please check in as soon as you can after you arrive.

SPL & Scoutmaster Meeting

This important informational meeting will be held on Friday evening. Each unit should send at least an adult leader and a youth leader. We’ll cover important information and major last-minute changes. Then, stick around to socialize over cracker barrel with fellow leaders and with the camp staff.

Eagle Scout Gathering

Friday evening following the SPL & Scoutmaster meeting, an Eagle Scout Gathering will commence. All Eagle Scouts, new and old, are invited to gather, share stories, and enjoy cake as we celebrate the highest honor Boy Scouts can earn on the 100th anniversary of the first Eagle Scout Recipient.

Meals

Each troop will be responsible for its own meals.

Patrol Events

There will be several events on Saturday morning and afternoon in which patrols will compete against each other. The events will emphasize Scouting skills and the patrol method.

In keeping with the Camporee theme of “Scouting Around the World,” each event will tie into a facet of our world. We hope that the Scouts will learn a bit about other cultures and Boy Scout organizations around the world.

Troop Countries

Upon registering, each troop will receive a country to represent during Camporee weekend. Troops and Patrols are encouraged to display items that depict their country and that country’s Scouting program, wear traditional outfits, cook customary meals, etc. Troops and patrols will earn points toward the competition based on their exhibition of knowledge and spirit associated with the theme.

During lunch and following the activities on Saturday, there will be a Bazaar in the main Lodge. Sea Scout Ship 1876 will have typical American snacks and beverages available for purchase for those Scouts who are interested. There will also be displays for the boys to learn more about Scouting around the world. Scouts are encouraged to mingle, get to know one another, and have a good time.

Campsite Inspections

Campsite inspections will occur after Saturday’s activities and just before dinner. Campsites exemplifying the theme are encouraged and will be looked upon favorably.

John A. Jackman Memorial Dutch Oven Cook-off

John Jackman was the first advisor to TAMU SSS/SSS 1876, a Scoutmaster of Troop 802, and most importantly, an ardent Dutch oven chef.

Adults will submit entrées while youth will submit desserts. SSS 1876 will judge the entries and give awards. Whether or not you win, you’ll always have our eternal gratefulness!

Campfire & Order of the Arrow Tapout

To finish off a busy Saturday, we’ll build a campfire that will keep you warm. Scout patrols as well as adults are encouraged to perform a skit or sing a song. Skits and songs will be screened Saturday during lunch. Acts that tie to the theme are most welcome and will be rewarded. Visitors are invited to attend. The Order of the Arrow tapout will occur after campfire.

Worship Service

A Scout is reverent. A non-denominational worship service will take place after Sunday morning’s flag ceremony. If you will not be in attendance, please limit your movements about the camp.

Camp Breakdown & Check-Out

Camp breakdown will officially occur after the worship service. Please check-out with the staff before departing. Packets with patches and ribbons will be given when an evaluation form is completed. We request that all troops vacate Camp Arrowmoon by noon on Sunday.

 


Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 23

5:30pm-8:00pm                 Troop Check-in and Campsite Setup

8:00pm-8:30pm                 SPL and Scoutmaster Meeting

8:30pm-9:30pm                 Eagle Scout Recognition and Cracker Barrel

10:00pm                               Taps

10:30pm                               Lights Out

Saturday, March 24

7:00am-8:30am                 Reveille and Breakfast

8:30am-8:45am                 Flag Ceremony, Welcome, and Announcements

 

9:00am-11:00am               Patrol Events – Morning

11:00am-1:00pm              Lunch, Bazaar, and Troop Skit “Try-Outs”

1:00pm-3:00pm                 Patrol Events – Afternoon

 

3:00pm-5:00pm                 Campsite Inspections and Bazaar

5:00pm-7:30pm                 Dinner

5:30pm-6:00pm                 Dutch Oven Cook-Off Deliveries

 

7:30pm-7:45pm                 Flag Ceremony & Campfire Lineup

7:45pm-8:00pm                 Move to Campfire

8:00pm-9:30pm                 Campfire/Skits/Awards/OA Tap Out

9:30pm-10:00pm              Return to Campsites

10:00pm                               Taps

10:30pm                               Lights Out

 

Sunday, March 25

7:00am-9:00am                 Reveille and Breakfast

9:00am-9:15am                 Flag Ceremony, Move to Worship Service

9:15am-9:45am                 Worship Service

10:00am                               Break Camp & Troop Check-Out

12:00pm                               Depart Camp Arrowmoon

Fees

The fee for registering before or at the March 8 Roundtable is $7.00/person.
After the March 8 Roundtable, the fee for registering is $9.00/person.

The 2012 Arrowmoon District Camporee is a rain-or-shine event.

There will be NO REFUNDS.

Fundraising

Today at the United Methodist Men Spaghetti luncheon, we raised over $1100. That must be a record or something. I would like to congratulate all of our boys. Oh, and nine percent of that money comes from a $100 check a guy walked up and donated. Good job guys.

Our Winner

This last weekend, one of our own, Alex Cantrell, won the Knot Tying Competition at Scout Fair. He tried hard once and got a ridiculously fast score, but then somebody came and beat it. So, he tried again and got a record 36 SECONDS! That’s 6 seconds for each of the six knots he was told to tie! Apparently a kid from the troop that sponsored the competition knew the knots ahead of time and practiced them over and over again and got 34 seconds (2 seconds lower than Alex) but we came up and said it would be better if the kid who had no idea and just came up and did it got the award. So he did. And here is a picture of him with his trophy and his nutjob smile:Alex and His Trophy

Congratulations to new Troop 802 members!

I would like to welcome and congratulate our new troop members who just bridged in today at Santa’s Wonderland:

Dalton,David,Cameron,Gage

Unfortunately they could not come to the campout this weekend but they are coming to the metting this Monday, so I want each and every one of you to give them a warm welcome when that time comes.

I look forward to “officially” meeting them.

2011 Arrowmoon Campout

2011 January Arrowmoon Campout
2011 January Arrowmoon Campout

We all had a great time this past weekend at Arrowmoon despite the cold and rain.  I thought I would just quickly post a couple of pictures that Mr. Howard provided (since this was a (rare) Adult led campout).

-Mr. Romero

Arrowmoon Fungus
Arrowmoon Fungus

January 2011

Okay guys, this is a really big month for us.

Sunday, January 2nd: Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Saturday, Jaunary 8th: Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Saturday, Jaunary 15th: Disaster City (9 AM – 1:30 PM)

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Saturday, January 15th – Sunday, January 16th: Wood Badge-style campout — Battleship Texas canceled 🙁 (Leave Arrowmoon at 6 PM, get to church at 6:30 PM)

Saturday, January 22nd: Cub Scout Pinewood Derby! (help is appreciated)

(really appreciate the 24-hour-style time, Noah)