2016 Fall Camporee - Scout Safari and Iron Horse Encounter - October 14-16, 2016 - Photos
What a Wonderful Weekend!
On a mid-October weekend over 350 Scouts and Scouters from the Lake Minnetonka District converged on the bluffs overlooking the St. Croix River at Fred C. Anderson Boy Scout Camp for the Fall Camporee and Iron Horse Experience. Along with beautiful weather and amazing fall colors, the Scouts participated in patrol challenges, merit badge opportunities, an actual train ride on the Osceola & St Croix Railroad, and capped off the weekend with an entertaining campfire!
Many patrols competed in the challenges that allowed them to demonstrate their team work and Scout skills. These competitions included driving the Golden Railroad Spike, fire building, and the Railroading Cook-off. The fiercest competition was the always popular, Spider Web.
Over 48 Webelos attended the fall camporee along with their parents to work on ‘Webelos Woods’ activities, participate in the challenges, and ride the train between Marine on Saint Croix to Oscelola, WI.
Along with the fun, games, and entertainment, many Scouts participated in the merit badge opportunities. Over 64 Scouts participated in the Wilderness Survival merit badge and 154 Scouts participated in the Railroading Merit badge.
The highlight of the weekend had to be the campfire program hosted by Troop 589, which included the presentation of awards for each of the challenges, including ribbons for the Outstanding Webelos Host Units. The ribbons were presented to the Troop who hosted the greatest number of Webelos at Camporee. The campfire program included many funny skits along with a special railroad story telling session by train engineer, Daniel Lindfors.
A huge thank goes out to our host units, merit badge counselors, district staff, and the Webelos Woods crew, specifically Troop 589 (especially Matt Crumpton and Hillary Patz) and Special Host Unit Troop 283 (especially Rob Houts, Stu Smith, and Joe Vochko), merit badge counselors Jim Lindfors and Peter Keppel, and the Webelos Woods crew (especially Tina Ramacier, who is our Webelos Transition Chair, and Don Mack) for their dedication and hard work that allowed us to offer an outstanding camporee to all the Scouts, Webelos, and Venturers who attended. Certainly everyone who attended enjoyed the fantastic program and the great facilities of Fred C Andersen Camp. Congratulations to all the attendees, parents, and everyone else to make this a great event.
We look forward to seeing you again at our next big event where we BLAST OFF for fun at our upcoming Winter Camporee 2017!
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On a mid-October weekend over 350 Scouts and Scouters from the Lake Minnetonka District converged on the bluffs overlooking the St. Croix River at Fred C. Anderson Boy Scout Camp for the Fall Camporee and Iron Horse Experience. Along with beautiful weather and amazing fall colors, the Scouts participated in patrol challenges, merit badge opportunities, an actual train ride on the Osceola & St Croix Railroad, and capped off the weekend with an entertaining campfire! (continued under slideshow)
Awards and Competitions
Outstanding Webelos Host Units (awarded to the troops who hosted the greatest number of Webelos)
- Troop 430
- Troop 429
- Troop 589
- 3rd - Troop 430
- 2nd - Webelos (patrol?)
- 1st - ?
- Twelve patrols completed the challenge
- 3rd - Troop 570 Rangers
- 2nd - Troop 426 Sharks
- 1st - Troop 426 Stags
- 3rd - Troop 567
- 2nd - Troop 283
- 1st - Troop 330
Railroading Cast Iron Cook-off
- Honorable Mention T409, T330, and T570
- 2nd - T426
- 1st - T174
Saturday Day Activities
- Information Packet
- Directions to Camp
- Railroaders Cookoff Rules and Scoring Criteria
- Schedule of Events
- Camp Map
- Railroading Merit Badge Prerequisites
- Wilderness Survival Merit Badge Prerequisites
- See who is attending camporee (scroll down)
- Host Troop Schedule
- BSA Youth Application
- Youth to Adult Ratio, Policies, and Webelos
- Activity Consent Form (needed for every attendee)
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