Seneca Fall Camporee
When: October 11-13, 2019
Theme: Mountain Man Rendezvous
Where: Camp Manidokan, Knoxville, MD
Who: All Scouts, Venture Crews, Explorer Posts and Webelos (Webelos must register and attend with a troop)
What: Skills, games, and fellowship in a Mountain Man setting
Cost: $30/person ($25 early registration)
Contact: Camporee Director - Bill Majurski
Who May Attend:
This event is being hosted by Seneca District. Attendance is open to all.
Note: Photos taken at the event may be used for publicity.
Manidokan Camp & Retreat Center
1600 Harpers Ferry Rd
Knoxville, MD 21758
Details below are from 2018. The information will be updated over the summer.
Early registration is open.
Downloads and quick info
On Webelos girls attending Camporee https://drive.google.com/open?id=10SfTjEzSZhmWk3GaqVTfXpyH364xbcjNVDYDwc71OvY
List of stations and gear needed https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Rz7UueoLWe_kQKQjKwFZi8aksIIYdgB_7uUrvufTuo/edit?usp=sharing
Scout skills (TBD)
Weekend schedule https://drive.google.com/open?id=16qC475EN-VxSTOUSjHZZeuRjD5_LJ-64
About our theme
Come back to the mountains! - Again this year we are back at Camp Manidokan on the side of a ridge of the beautiful Appalachian mountains. This is our fourth year at Manidokan.
Rocky Mountain Rendezvous (in trapper jargon) was an annual gathering (1825-1840) at various locations held by a fur trading company at which trappers and mountain men sold their furs and hides and replenished their supplies.
The rendezvous was a celebration with competitions. James Beckwourth described it as "Mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, running, jumping, singing, racing, target-shooting, yarns, frolic, with all sorts of extravagances that white men or Indians could invent". Sounds like Boy Scout event!
Camp for the weekend. We supply space for campsites, water, potties, and program. Each unit organizes their own food. Check-in is Friday evening, check-out is noon on Sunday. Activity stations are open all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Stations are not "scheduled". Go where you want, stay as long as you please. Camp fire Saturday night. There are a few special events that do have a schedule. More on this below.
The full list of stations and the supplies you will want to bring will be published soon.
Some of the stations being planned:
|Foosball||Agility Trail||Knife throwing||Giant slingshot|
|Signals and codes||Fire building||Knots and lashing||Map and compass|
|Tomahawk throwing||Archery||Lumberjack (caber) toss||Climbing wall|
|Blacksmithing||Trading post (run by Scout shop)||Shelter building||Cooking|
|Branding||First Aid||2-man sawing|
|Camporee specific trading post||Trapping|
|Scoutmaster cook-off||Backcountry cooking (backpacking)|
|Mountain man costume competition||Story telling competition|
All Scouts, Venture Crews, Explorer Posts, and Girl Scout troops. Webelos may attend as part of a Troop - no separate Webelos Den registrations.
Girl Scout troops are restricted to Boy Scout age youth (11) and up. Same rules as the boys.
If you have an all girl Webelos Den please contact the Camporee Director. We are still thinking about the logistics for this. At a minimum you will need two female adult leaders and need to be hosted by a Troop - just like the boys. We are not making up local rules for the girls, just trying to understand the new guidance from national.
Units from outside our district/council may attend as well.
Forming Camporee Patrols
Scouts will attend stations with their Patrol. We suggest Patrols be limited in size to 6-8 members. For example a Foosball team is 6 players.
Camping / Parking / First Aid etc.
Each unit will be assigned a campsite. Site size varies with unit size. NO GROUND FIRES.
Units may keep one vehicle and one trailer in campsite. The rest must be moved to an on-site parking area. These parking restrictions will be enforced starting a 9:00 PM Friday night.
There will be a water truck on site (commercial service) for potable water.
There will be porta-potties on site.
Post 742 will be back as the event First Aiders. They will be located in the headquarters area.
Registration is done in two parts - unit/campsite registration and attendee registration. Start by reserving a campsite (comes with 5 attendee registrations) and then add attendees to fit your unit. An attendee is a youth or adult.
Early unit registration (until August 31) - register for a campsite. Price includes 5 attendee registrations. Cost $125
Late unit registration (September 1 - September 30) - register for a campsite. Price includes 5 attendee registrations. Cost $150
Early attendee registration (until September 30) - $25
Late attendee registration (October 1 - October 5) - $30
Webelos attending for the day on Saturday (not camping) - $15
LDS unit and attendee registration - see below
LDS Troops - when you register you must select LDS Campsite (for the campsite) and LDS for your adults and youth (together as one - we do no distinguish). No fee will be collected. The Stake will be billed. This applies to Seneca Stake only. We do not have arrangements with other Stakes. If you are with a Stake other than Seneca and wish to register we require payment through the web site. If you have questions please contact the Camporee Director.
See the LDS Webelos section below for details about LDS Webelos at Camporee.
Webelos register and camp (if not LDS) as part of a Troop. There is no separate Webelos Den registration, your members are registered as Troop members for the weekend. Webelos travel to stations embedded in a Boy Scout Patrol.
Our understanding of Seneca Stake rules regarding LDS Webelos attendance is:
- LDS Webelos may attend for the day on Saturday
- LDS Webelos may not camp
- LDS Webelos registration fees are not paid through the Stake - they must be paid for on the web site at time of registration.
As with non-LDS Webelos, you attend as guests of a Troop and travel to stations embedded in Patrols from that Troop. There are no Webelos-only Patrols at Camporee.
This is a Scouting event. It is not appropriate to bring siblings to the event.
How to prepare
A great way to get "involved" in Camporee is to weave our theme into your meetings and outings leading up to the event. Here are some of the Scout skills that you will use at Camporee. A complete list will be published soon.
Knots and lashings
Bear bag hanging
Backpacking meal preparation
First aid (one of our stations will focus on triage!!!)
Map and compass
Unit Adult Volunteers
The last few years we have had fantastic participation from unit leaders. We will again be organizing unit volunteers. We ask for at least one adult volunteer per unit to help staff on the weekend. More is great! Remember, we have 20+ stations to staff. Takes a lot of leader-power.
If you know you will be volunteering why not contact our volunteer coordinator and cut out the middle man. Send Jim Hardter and email at email@example.com.
Young adult and Unit Youth Volunteers
We have always had a few young adults on staff. Young men who have aged out of scouting as a youth but are still interested in staying involved occasionally. Got some recent "graduates" who might be interested? Let us know. Have them send the Camporee Director a short note of introduction.
But wait, there's more!!! This year we will be inviting older youth, still under 18, who are interested to be on staff. If you have someone in your unit that is interested please have the Scoutmaster send an email to the Camporee Director with a brief introduction.
BTW... we already have commitments from 6-8 young adult and older youth volunteers!
Like previous years the entire weekend is a competition. First, second, and third place patrols will be awarded custom neckerchiefs at closing flag.
Friday 10-11-2019 5:00 PM ET to
Sunday 10-13-2019 12:00 PM ET
9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20814