The troop left for Tannehill at 4:00 pm on Friday, Feb. 17. After about a forty-five-minute bus ride, we arrived and set up camp. For dinner we ate our sack dinners, while the adults enjoyed a delicious catfish fry at the headquarters tent, followed by a superb dessert cracker barrel. After dessert, Dr. Gary Fenton, retired Senior Pastor, from Dawson Memorial church gave an inspirational speech to the adults about how to better control anger situations, by turning anger into a positive tool and not a harming tool.

Saturday morning we got up and had breakfast. At 8:30 a.m., there was a Senior Patrol leaders meeting. At 9:30 a.m. there was a Webelos orientation that explained the activities for the day. During the morning, the scouts participated in many patrol competitive events. These events were Crosscut Saw Relay, Knot Relay, Roman Chariot Race, Tug of War Competition, String Burn, Rain Fly Pitching, Flag Pole Relay, First Aid, Orienteering, Bear Bag Relay, Pancake Flip, Trolley Race, Fireman’s Carry, and American Flag Fold. The Webelos program started at 10:00 a.m. with a Backpack Cooking demonstration. The scout cooking competitions started at 11:00 with Foil Cooking, at 12:30 p.m. was Wok Outdoor Cooking.

During lunch, we had invited Webelos scouts to be our guest. After lunch, more cooking competitions continued including these events; Backpack Cooking, Dutch Oven cooking, and Dutch Oven Cake cooking.

The Troop earned these ribbons at this year’s Camporee.

  • Troop 97 – Overall 3rd place, 2nd in Campsite Inspection
  • Hawk Patrol – 1st place string burn, 3rd place crosscut saw, 3rd place bear Bag, 3rd place pancake flip
  • Raccoon Patrol – 2nd place in string burn, 3rd place First Aid, 2nd place in chariot
  • Panther Patrol – 3rd place in chariot
  • Blue Beaver Patrol – 2nd place in crosscut saw
  • Bear Patrol – 3rd place in string burn
  • Tug-A-War: Six Coats 1st place under 700 and Girl Scouts 1st in 800 and over division.
  • Cary DiNella won 1st place in the Dutch Oven Cake Baking contest with a Carrot cake that looked and tasted like it came from a professional bakery.

After dinner, there was a bonfire, donuts and hot chocolate was enjoyed by everyone. It was lights out at 11 pm.

On Sunday, we woke up, ate breakfast, and we had our picture taken in front of the Entrance Gate that was designed and constructed by Liam Melville. There were many other scouts and adults that assisted with the gate as well and it was a great asset to the overall look to our campsite. It even helped us achieve a perfect score on our Camp Inspection Score. Great Job Guys! From what I was told by Mr. Lloyd, it has been a long time that the troop has earned a perfect score.

We broke camp and at 9:30 we attended a closing ceremony where the results of the competitions were announced. At 11:00 a.m. we had church service, followed by lunch. During lunch, Mr. Lloyd announced to the troop that there were five scouts which had completed their last Camporee as scouts. After lunch, we loaded the bus and headed back to Trinity.

Reported submitted:

David Kirk
Troop 97 Historian