Camporee

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A camporee is a gathering of several scout troops for a weekend of camping and common activities.

For Boy Scouts, it is common for each council (or districts within a council) to hold a district or council camporee once or twice a year. Typically, the camporee involves a competition, with events such as knot tying, flagpole raising and flag ceremony, pioneering or orienteering. Troops place varying amounts of emphasis on preparing for camporees, and those that win the highest awards usually make that preparation a top priority.


It is common for Girl Scouts to have camporees as well. Sometimes Girl Scout camporees are hosted by council or individual troop leaders, but camporees are frequently hosted by older Girl Scouts.


The campers attending a camporee are usually between the ages of six and ten when they are old enough to be away from their home and family for a weekend, but too young to go camping on their own.


Activities at a Girl Scout camporee are oriented towards building character and leadership while having fun and helping the community at the same time. They might include: earning a patch or badge verifying that they improved skills in a certain area, playing a variety of games, having a traditional bonfire with skits and snacks, and doing a community service project.


A recent phenomenon has been the creation of a projectoree, in which competition occurs between many patrols from several troops. The name projectoree was chosen from among the early names for camporees (before that name was agreed upon).

Similar to a camporee, a jamboree occurs less often and draws troops from the entire nation or world.

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