Spring 2003 Camporee



Metro Lakes District

Camp Stearns

May 16, 17, 18


Dear Scouts and Scouters,


Your Troop is invited to attend the annual Metro Lakes District Spring Camporee. This year’s theme is “The Star Spangled Banner”. The Camporee dates are May 16-18.


This registration packet should help you understand what is happening at the Camporee so you can publicize it to your Troop. Activities include the mass model rocket launches, bugling competition,  flag pole raising competition, flag presentation competition, flags of the world competition, flag trivia, Star Spangled Banner trivia and singing competition, and much more.  Saturday evening after our regularly scheduled campfire we will be doing a mass flag retirement ceremony with an ash ceremony to be a part of it.  If your Troop has a flag, or flags, that you would like to be a part of this ceremony please let me know right a way. 


In addition to the exciting events we have planned this year we are also going to have a Dutch Oven Cooking Competition. Each Patrol can submit one entry. Troops must notify the staff that they are planning on entering prior to 1pm Saturday afternoon. The entry must be ready prior to 6:00pm Saturday and be judged no later than 6:30pm. Submissions must have been cooked by the Patrol (no old fart cooks allowed) in a Dutch Oven.


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.  Please contact either William Peterson or Anthony Garcia if you would like to be on staff that weekend.  If you, or an older Scout in your Troop, have experience with mass model rocket launches we would REALLY like to talk to you about it.


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 Program Chair, at (763) 503-1133; or email at mclaught@visi.com, 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

Metro Lakes District Camporee Committee

Program Chair



Table of Contents

Welcome Letter 2

General Information 3

Camporee Policies 4

Event Schedule 5

Patrol Requirements 6

Event Descriptions 6

Registration Form 7

Pre-Registration Form 8

General Information

First Aid

First Aid will be available at Heritage 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 Heritage Lodge. Please have proper medical forms for each person. We will try to 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. We will not be doing rifle or archery this time so you will not need separate permissions slips for that this year.


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 $10.00. This includes a nifty patch, camp fees, a model rocket (which hopefully they will be able to take home if they can find it), rocket motor, prizes, cracker-barrel, awards, 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.  Trailers may be left in a campsite but the vehicles should be moved to the parking lots.


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.


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 without permission will be asked to leave camp.



Event Schedule


7:00 - 9:00 Check-in at Heritage Lodge

9:00  Crackerbarrel for Scoutmasters. We would like at least one adult from each Troop.

10:30 Lights out



7:00  Revellie

7:30  SPL Breakfast

9:00  Flag Raising by the Air Force Color Guard Team

9:30  Morning events kick off

11:30 Lunch

1:00  First afternoon events kick off

5:00  Afternoon events end

1:00-6:00 Trading post open at Heritage Lodge

5:00-7:00 Dinner

6:00-6:30 Judges begin scoring cooking competition

8:00 Non-Denominational Service

8:30 Flag Retreat

8:30 Campfire

9:30  Flag Retirement Ceremony

10:30 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 Patrol will be issued an Event Card indicating the location and time of each event.  The SPL will receive the Event Card at the SPL breakfast on Saturday morning.  All members of a Patrol must stay together at all times.


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 skits.


Star Spangled Banner Events:


Mass Model Rocket Launch!! - Each Scout will have an opportunity to launch his model rocket (weather permitting).  Hopefully Scouts will come to the Camporee with the rocket already built, but if not we will be set up to help the few (hint, hint) Scouts who still need to make them. Firing preference for the model rockets will be given to the Scouts who bring a pre-made rocket to the Camporee.  In the event that we run out of time Scouts who make theirs on Saturday will not get a chance to launch them.  Please see the pre-registration page for more information.  In the event of bad weather we are going to be organizing a few other things to take this spot.


Flag Pole Raising Competition - Each Patrol will get a chance to build a flag pole.  The Patrol will be given three pioneering poles (at this time we don't know how long they will be, but a safe guess is 10-12 feet each), 3 stakes, and twine to build the flagpole.  If the Patrols would like to bring anything additional to make the flag raising easier that is up to them.  That leads us to….


Flag Raising Competition - Each Patrol will then raise a flag on their newly constructed flag pole.  We ask that each Patrol bring with them an American flag to do the ceremony with.  This can be one of the flags that are going to be retired later that evening (we understand if the flag used might not be the highest quality, no points will be taken away for flag appearance).  We are hoping to have either the Navy or the Marines running this competition.


Bugling Ceremony - Calling all Buglers!! As part of the flag raising competition we will also be doing a bugling competition.  Each Patrol will have an opportunity to have their bugler sound off with the following calls: To the colors, Taps, Mess, and Assembly.  This event will be an individual competition and prizes will be awarded to individual buglers.


Flags of the World Competition - Here is a chance to test your geography knowledge.  Each Patrol will be judged on how many countries flags they can pick out.  Each Patrol will have a set amount of time in which to compare flags to countries.  Don't worry, no teachers will be notified of the results of this event.  J


Flag Trivia - How well do you know our Flag, it's history and symbolism's??  Something to think about now.


Star Spangled Banner Trivia and Singing - Once again, how much do you know about the song, and more importantly, how many verses of it can you sing?


Dutch Oven Cooking Competition - Each Patrol can submit one entry to be judged.  There is no restrictions on what can be cooked, i.e. breakfast item, dessert, etc.  Each entry must have been cooked by the youth of the Patrol, not by the adult leaders.  You don't have to provide a lot of food for the judges, just a couple spoonfuls should do it.  Don't worry, I will make sure they get enough to eat.  Entries should be ready to be judged between 6:00 and 6:30.


There will probably be more, we are just trying to think of good events to put around the Flag theme.  If you have any ideas feel free to let me know.


Registration Form

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


Troop _________________

Scoutmaster _______________________________

SPL ______________________________________

Name of Patrols __________________________________________________________



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Total Participation ______________ Payment Method:


Registration Fee _____$10.00_____ Troop Check ______


Late Fee _______________ Personal Check______

(if applicable $25) Cash _______


Total Due _______________



Pre-Registration Form

This form is to be sent to the Viking Council Scout offices prior to May 2nd, or turned in at the April or May Roundtable (to get your rockets early). 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 ($10 per person)________________________________


Since the District is purchasing a large number of model rockets we are trying to get a very good handle on the number of Scouts coming to this event.  Please try to turn in your pre-registration form by the April Roundtable.  Troops who have the forms turned in either that night or before, will receive their model rockets for the number of Scouts they register.  That way they can have them completed by the Camporee.  We are asking that Troops plan for one of their regular Troop meetings to assemble the rockets so that the Camporee will run MUCH smoother.  If too many Scouts don't have the rockets made when they arrive, there is a very good chance that some Scouts will not get a chance to fire them.  Firing preference will be given to the Scouts who come to the event with a pre-made rocket.  Troops can purchase extra rockets (and motors) at the Camporee at our discounted price if they would like to use them at a later date.


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.  If you have more Scouts show up than were pre-registered you will have an opportunity to get more rockets.  It is just that the boys who are building the rockets on Saturday might not get a chance to fly them.


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