2019 Winter Camporee - LAUNCH-BOT - February 22-24, 2019 - Results and Photos

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Winter Camporee 2019
      - Launch-Bot -

February 22-24, 2019
Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp - Swanson Lodge -  Houlton, Wisconsin

Price $15.00 

Informational Flyer

This will be a unique, STEM-themed camporee, which includes launching an orange ball for distance and accuracy, the classic Klondike Derby, Snow-Bot Building Contest (Snowman), and indoor demonstrations by robotic teams. The Camporee Information Packet includes all the details. Sign up to reserve your place at this classic Lake Minnetonka District Camporee.

Come out to Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp for the weekend or just for the FULL DAY of activities on Saturday. Limited indoor sleeping is available in Swanson Lodge. The indoor space is first come, first served.

You will need to design and build your catapult before you arrive at the camporee. Enough time will be provided so that you can assemble your catapult before the competition. The winning team will launch the prized Lake Minnetonka District robot. Sorry, no trebuchets.

In addition to the traditional, outdoor camporee activities, there will be an indoor program as well, including demonstrations related to robotics, three merit badges*, the Nova program, and STEM activities that will give the youth and their friends hands-on practice with science, technology, engineering, and math – skills they’ll rely on for years to come.

Activity and Opportunities

  • Nova – Shoot! Program
  • Catapult Competition
  • Dutch Oven Cook Off
  • Klondike Derby Competition
  • Webelos Program
  • Merit Badges*
    • Robotics
    • Electronics
    • Astronomy
  • Webelos Opportunities*
    • Cast Iron Chef
    • Nova – Tech Talk
    • Nova – Out of This World
  • Field Games
  • Snow-Bot Building Contest (Snowman)
  • Saturday Movie Night
  • Campfire Program
  • Sky Watch
  • Camporee Patch

CAMPOREE DETAILS The details for this camporee are found in the "Information Packet" posted under the Camporee Resources, found below if using your cell phone, to the right if you are using your laptop. Please read through this document. The document also includes links to the merit badge worksheets for this camporee.

The Camporee Information Packet includes a "Unit Check In Form". This form must be used when you check in at camporee.

Webelos are encouraged to attend. You can camp along with a Scout BSA Troop, or just register online and come for the day with your den or family.

Cost Per Person

  • $15 Saturday Activities – come for the day, on Saturday, no overnight
  •  $15 Overnight + Saturday Activities  – Overnight OUTDOOR Camping on Friday and/ or Saturday. Includes Saturday Activities
  •  $20  Overnight + Saturday Activities – Overnight INDOOR Camping on Friday and/ or Saturday. Includes Saturday Activities
  •  $  5  (Optional) STEM Lego Supplies

Many thanks to our host units T570, T537, T567, C345, David Olson, Jim Lindfors, Brett Schneider, Brian Klein, Mellissa Stanfa-Brew, Phil Zietlow, Sally Jensen, Danell Dalton and the Activities Committee for working on this camporee.

* Scouts may earn partial credit for the merit badges, adventure pins, and Nova awards offered at camporee.


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Event Details

Launch-Bot 2019!

Close to 200 Scouts from fifteen (15) units participated in this year’s Lake Minnetonka District Winter Camporee. The camporee took place at Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp - Swanson Lodge, located in Houlton, Wisconsin. The weather forecast was for 8-10 inches of additional snow, with blizzard conditions on Saturday night.  The seasoned Scouts and Scouters took advantage of the weather conditions and slept outside in their tents and quinzees.

This was the first district camporee attended by our 'all girl' troops, who not only participated in the various competitions; they won a number of the awards!

The camporee included various competitions, games, such as the OA sponsored Klondike Derby, Snow-Bot (snowman) building, launching items from a catapult. In addition, Scout worked on the electronics merit badge including several Scouts who worked throughout the day to complete the merit badge while at camporee.

The evening on Saturday included an indoor campfire and awards presentation, concluding with a movie night.

Everyone who attended enjoyed the fantastic program and the great facilities at Fred C. Anderson Scout Camp.  Thanks go out to all the attendees, parents, and everyone else who made this a great event, especially the OA, the host units, and the Lake Minnetonka District Activities Committee members.

Camporee Information




  • Distance: Troop 3570 (75-80’)
  • Accuracy: Troop 3537 (0’ off the center line)

Snow-Bot Building

  • Snow-Bot Design - Troop 5570
  • Snow-Bot Most Creative - Troop 3537
  • Snow-Bot Champion - Troop 3426

Klondike Derby 

  • 1st Place - Troop 3570-c
  • 2nd Place - Troop 3570-b
  • 3rd Place - Troop 5283
  • 4th Place Troop 3357-a

Snow-bot Cook-off

  • 1st Place - 5283
  • 2nd Place - 5570
  • 3rd Place - 3567
  • 4th Pace - 3537
  • 5th Place - 3570
  • 6th Place - 3426

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