Spring 2000 Camporee

Metro Lakes District

Camp Stearns

May 19, 20, 21


Dear Scouts and Scouters

Your Troop is invited to attend the annual Metro Lakes District Spring Camporee. This year’s theme is "Survival 2000". The Camporee dates are May 19-21.

This registration packet should help you understand what is happening at the Camporee so you can publicize it to your Troop. Activities include the Iron Man competition, First Aid, archery, and many other challenging and fun events.

This year we are simulating a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains. Each Patrol will have to hike from event to event using only distance and compass bearings. The events will simulate would could really happen in such an emergency and will help Scouts prepare in case such an emergency befalls them. The emphasis will be on Scout Skills associated with emergency preparedness. The Iron Man Competition will require one member of the Patrol to be on the stretcher/a-frame/travois from the start of the events till the end. The only time the Patrol doesn’t have to have someone on the stretcher is when they are competing in events and during lunch. Scouts can take turns on the stretcher but one Scout must be on the stretcher any time it is moving. This will symbolize having to really carry a buddy out of the mountains. This competition is voluntary and if a Patrol elects not to participate they will simply carry their stretcher till they get to the first aid event.

In addition to the exciting events we have planned this year we are also going to have a Potluck Dinner Saturday evening. This is an opportunity to bring all of the Troops together for a meal and to showcase favorite recipes. Please check out the pre-registration form on page 9 for more details.

We need your assistance with staffing this event. With many exciting activities planned for the 20-30 Troops and over 300 Scouts and Scouters we need Staff Members! Each Troop is asked to encourage one older Scout, preferable one who is not currently an SPL or PL and who is a member of the OA, to volunteer to work on the Camporee Staff.

If there are any adults who would like to assist with the planning and staffing for future Camporees, you can also contact me as fresh ideas are always welcome for these events.

Call me,Ted McLaughlin, District Camporee Chair, at (612) 971-0968; or email at, if you are interested in being either on staff for either this Camporee, or are interested in helping with planning future Camporees.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the Camporee!!!!

Ted McLaughlin


Table of Contents

Welcome Letter 2

General Information 3

Camporee Policies 4

Event Schedule 5

Patrol Requirements 6

Event Descriptions 6

Registration Form 8

Pre-Registration Form 9

General Information

First Aid

First Aid will be available at Diamond Lake Lodge. However, each Troop should be able to take care of minor injuries. Injuries requiring medical attention should be reported to and attended by the staff at Diamond Lake Lodge. Please have proper medical forms for each person. We will have trained medical personnel on staff for this Camporee.

Permission Slips

Every Scout should have a permission slip signed by their parents/guardians giving permission for any medical treatments, hospital visits, etc. These forms should be kept in the campsite and be readily accessible in the event of an emergency.


Scouts should be in Class "A" uniforms upon arrival, at worship services, Flag Ceremonies, and during the campfire program. During the day on Saturday Scouts may dress in either Class "A" uniforms, or Troop tee-shirts. Patrols should dress consistently.


The cost for the Camporee this year is $7.00. This includes a nifty patch, camp fees, archery fees, prizes, cracker-barrel, SPL breakfast, and other assorted supplies and equipment. Not too bad for a great weekend.

Camporee Policies

The following rules were made to help us have a successful and safe camping experience. It is the responsibility of the adults in charge to see that their Scouts know and understand these rules. Anyone caught violating them may be asked to leave the camp.

Vehicles: Speed limit is 15 mph

No passengers in back of truck or trailer. Vehicles limited to main roads and parking areas only. Please, no vehicles in the campsite or blocking the roads.

Fires: Campfires are allowed in designated spots.

All liquid fuels must be used with adult supervision.



Firearms: Firearms, explosives, and fireworks are prohibited.

Conservation: Please conserve our natural resources. No digging, trenching, or raking.

ABSOLUTELY no cutting of brush or standing timber is allowed. The Ranger will assess a $1.00 per foot fine up to the maximum value of the tree for cutting timber.

Adults: At least one responsible adult (21 or older) must be in camp at all times.

We are also encouraging one adult to accompany each Patrol during the compass course. One adult MUST accompany each Patrol participating in the Iron Man Competition.

Knives: NO straight bladed knives are allowed in camp.

Lights out: Scouts are not allowed out of their site after lights out with the exception of to and from the latrine.

PLEASE respect others during lights out. Scouters are asked to bring roaming Scouts to the headquarters after lights out.

Radios: No radios, stereos, tape players, headsets, etc. are allowed in camp.

Swimming: Any Scout caught swimming or wading in the lakes or river will be asked to leave camp.


Event Schedule


7:00-9:00 Check-in at Diamond Lake Lodge

9:30-10:30 Crackerbarrel for Scoutmasters, we want at least one adult leader per unit to attend. No youth please, they will go to the SPL Breakfast.

11:00 Lights Out


7:00 Reveille

7:30-8:15 SPL Breakfast, at Diamond Lake Lodge

8:45-9:00 Start assembling at Diamond Lake Lodge for Flag Raising

9:00-9:30 Opening Flag Ceremony and Staff Skit

9:30-10:00 Stretcher building

10:00 Patrols start events. There will be no set rotation time between events.

Lunch will be eaten "On the Trail" between events. Each Patrol will be credited for a half hour lunch whether they use it or not. Hence we suggest that each Patrol take a nice break while they eat lunch.

Scouts are expected to finish events around 3:00, after that is free time.

2:00-7:30 Trading Post Open at Diamond Lake Lodge

3:00-5:00 Free Time

5:00-5:45 Dinner preparation

5:45-6:00 Please bring food items to Diamond Lake Lodge

6:00-7:30 Pot Luck Dinner at Diamond Lake Lodge

7:30-8:00 Non-Denominational Service at Diamond Lake Lodge

8:15-8:30 Flag Retreat

8:30-9:30 Campfire

11:00 Lights Out


7:00 Reveille

7:30-9:00 Breakfast and break camp

9:00-10:00 Check out and campsite inspections

10:30 All units should be out of Camp. See You In At The Fall Camporee!!


Patrol Requirements

Each Patrol will compete in all events. The only exception is The Iron Man Competition. Patrols can elect not to participate in that competition.

The Patrol is issued an Event Card indicating the compass bearings and distance to each event. Patrols must follow directions on how to get to each event. We are asking that an adult go with each Patrol in case of problems with navigating the compass course. An adult is required for those Patrols participating in the Iron Man Event.

During this Camporee, which will simulate a plane crash, only limited items survive the plane crash. Each Patrol is expected to bring a backpack with the following items:

Backpack (very important) Compass (very important)

Food (for lunch on the trail) Full Canteens (as many as you want, at least one)

Flashlight with batteries Steel wool

Mirror Magnifying Glass

Newspaper Scout Handbooks

First aid Kit Scout Neckerchiefs (at least 8 suggested)

Pillow Pencils or Pens

Pocket Knives Clipboard

Cups (at least 1 per Scout) Pot (to boil water in)

Stretcher materials (blankets, sleeping bag, or jackets; poles, or branches (do not cut branches off of living trees!), or other materials to make a stretcher, a-frame, or travois)

Patrols will bring all of these materials with them in the backpack to the Flag Raising Ceremony Saturday morning. Scouts may bring along pocket knives that meet BSA policy.

Patrols do not have to bring everything that is on this list, however, not bringing some of these items may seriously affect the Patrol’s score on some events as NO ITEMS OTHER THAN THOSE LISTED ABOVE MAY BE USED IN ANY EVENT.

For the Fire Starting and First Aid Events, Scouts may collect wood and kindling along the trails before getting to those events. Please bear in mind that Patrols will not know what the next event is going to be, they will only have a compass bearing and distance to judge what the next event is going to be.

There will be water located at the event sites, however, Scouts will be required to have their own cup. There will be no drinking from the water jugs allowed.

Each Troop should also plan for a skit for the campfire – it helps to have this planned out in advance. Remember what happened last time to the Troops with no skitsJ

Survival 2000 Events

Matchless Fire Starting – Unfortunately the microwave in the plane didn’t survive the crash so now that you are out on the trail you have to cook you own food. It is also unfortunate that your matches did not survive the plane crash. Your challenge is to light a fire and boil some water using only the materials that survived the crash. Patrols can also use fire bows, or sticks to rub together if they did not bring the materials listed in the previous sections. Patrols will supply their own pot and water.

Map Orientation - Finding your way out of the Rocky Mountains is not going to be easy. After you have been traveling awhile you realize you are lost so you decide to recheck your map. Just to make sure that you know what you are doing, you plot a few lines to practice. Scouts will have to know how to find a bearing between two symbols on a map. They will also have to know how to orient a map to the north. Don’t forget your compass.

Archery - You are lucky enough to find a bow and some arrows at an abandoned cabin. It’s time to hunt for your supper.

Iron Man Event - Only toughest Scouts can participate in this one! The Patrol MUST have at least one member of the Patrol on the stretcher/a-frame at all times while going from one event to the next. Scouts can rotate off and on the stretcher but one must be on at all times. An adult is required to accompany each Patrol competing in this event.

First Aid - Plane crashes are not a pretty sight. Scouts have to know how to take care of the injured since planes don’t always crash right down the road from a hospital. In this event each Patrol will be given a first aid problem that will require them to render aid to an injured member of the Patrol. Scouts will stop bleeding, splint broken bones, do rescue breathing, and treat for shock. First aid supplies will be obtained from either Mother Nature or their backpack. Each Patrol will supply a victim.

Build a Bridge - Here is an annoying problem, while carrying your injured Scout down the mountain you encounter a very swift stream. Unable to carry the stretcher jumping across the rocks you decide to build a quick bridge to carry the stretcher across on. Scouts will have to build a bridge across the ‘stream’. Scouts will be judged on the time to complete, and form. They will then have to carry the stretcher across the bridge. Thankfully, a good deal of twine will have survived the crash, the twine will be provided by the District. Patrols can provide their own rope if they desire.

Survival Test - In real life if a plane crashed in the remote woods you would probably have to decide which of the materials that survived the plane crash to take with you. You could not carry everything along with your injured friends. In this event Scouts will be given a scenario in which they have to choose which items are the most important for survival. Scouts will go over the list as a Patrol and decide which items are most important. There will be a short discussion with Event Leader as to why the Patrol chose the items they did. This event will not be a competitive event.

Food Reminder

 Lunch on Saturday - will be eaten "on the trail" between events. Patrols are encouraged to plan their meal accordingly. Lunches should be packed and stored in the backpack prior to the Opening Ceremony Saturday morning. Since you must bring at least one canteen with water in it for the fire starting event it is suggested that you bring several more for Scouts to drink during lunch.

Each Patrol will be credited with a half hour lunch during the competition whether they use it or not. There will be no benefit for skipping lunch and trying to complete the course faster. Therefore Scouts are highly encouraged to take time to rest and eat a nice lunch before heading on to the next event.

 Saturday Potluck Dinner – We are going to have a potluck dinner Saturday evening for the whole district.

Each Troop is asked to bring enough food for 50% more people than in the Troop, i.e. if there are 10 people from Troop 999 than they should bring enough food to feed 15. We definitely do not want to run out of food half way through the Troops. Metro Lakes District will take care of drinks. Troops will have to provide all of the necessary plates, cups, and silverware. Also, please provide a serving spoon with each dish provided.

The way this will work is Troops 1-100 will provide main dish entrées. Troops 101-129 will provide salads, either green or pasta. Troops 130+ will provide desserts.

Troops are asked to provide multiple recipe’s for the items they are bringing. For example, don’t just bring one large green leaf salad, bring the green leaf salad, also some form of pasta salad, and some other off the wall salad. Troops with multiple Patrols are suggested to have each Patrol prepare a separate item. Troops are encouraged to clearly label their food dish, not only for easy identification later, but also so everyone knows who cooked the best food.

Troops are also asked to avoid heavily spicing foods. Not everyone’s palates are as strong as others and there is no way to know how spicy a dish is prior to taking your first bite.

Troops who have Scouts with dietary restrictions are asked to make arrangements in advance for those Scouts. There should be plenty of non-meat dishes available for vegetarians, but other restrictions should be handled at the Troop level.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Ted Mclaughlin at (612) 971-0968.

Registration Form

See Next page for Pre-Registration Form, please bring this form with you to campout.

Troop _________________

Scoutmaster _______________________________

SPL ______________________________________


Name of Patrols __________________________________________________________


1 _____________________ 2 _____________________ 3_______________________

4 _____________________ 5 _____________________ 6_______________________

7 _____________________ 8 _____________________ 9_______________________

10 ____________________ 11 ___________________ 12 ______________________

13 ____________________ 14 ____________________ 15______________________

16 ____________________ 17 ____________________ 18______________________

19 ____________________ 20 ____________________ 21______________________

22 ____________________ 23 ____________________ 24______________________

25 ____________________ 26 ____________________ 27______________________

27 ____________________ 28 ____________________ 29______________________


1 _____________________ 2 _____________________ 3_______________________

4 _____________________ 5 _____________________ 6_______________________

Total Participation ______________ Payment Method:

Registration Fee _____$7.00_____ Troop Check ______

Late Fee _______________ Personal Check______

(if applicable $25) Cash _______

Total Due _______________


Pre-Registration Form

This form is to be either received in the Viking Council Scout offices prior to May 12th. Any registration forms received after that will be assessed a $25 dollar late fee. If you have any question as to why we have late fees, ask Ted McLaughlin about being at Rainbow foods at 2am Saturday morning during the 1999 Spring Camporee making additional copies of event forms to cover the Troops who showed up unexpectedly.


Troop ____________________________________________________


Estimated # of boys____________________________________________

Estimated # of Adults__________________________________________

Total amount Paid ($7 per person)________________________________

Refunds will be made if the expected attendance is not met. Troops who have more show up than pre-registered will not be charged any fees over the registration costs.



Forms should be mailed to:

Viking Council, BSA

Attn: Metro Lakes Spring Camporee

5300 Glenwood Ave

Golden Valley, MN 55422







Acct Code: Metro Lakes 328