Fremont County Boy Scout Troop 73 hosted the district camporee for the first time in over 20 years. Camporee is a weekend campout where troops participate in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, and skill demonstration. This year’s camp was held April 20-22 at the Fremont County Conservation Park.
Campout competitions included archery, an obstacle course, a scavenger hunt, and fire building. The American Legion was on hand to judge the flag competition, where scouts had to raise, lower, fold and present an American Flag following proper protocols. Troop 73 took first place in the fire building competition. Joe Thompson, Bryiant Kingery and Wyatt Thompson had the fastest time of 4 minutes and 17 seconds. Jacob Barton, Atlas Simmerman, Lucas Stanley, and Matthew Moutray won second place and third place went to a team from Council Bluffs. Winning teams were presented with medals and trophies.
Camporee also offers a service project opportunity. This year the scouts covered three trails with fresh wood chips at the conservation park. Jason Rhea, Cubmaster for Hamburg and Sidney said events like Camporee gives the boys great social and teamwork experience. “It’s good to have the kids doing these things, and having fun and learning while their doing it,” said Rhea. Over 100 boys participated in this year’s Camporee.