The Boy Scouts of America, Catalina Council hosts an annual camporee to bring together Scouts from all over Southern Arizona to learn outdoor skills and to grow their Scouting experience.
Virtual Camporee (COVIDoree) 2020
On Saturday, November 7, 15 cubs and 40 Scouts BSA participated in the first ever Catalina Council Virtual Camporee.
While the planning committee would have preferred a traditional physical camporee, safety conditions would not permit this.
Camping was part of the camporee program where participants camped anywhere except in their own beds and had to prepare their own breakfasts.
Activities included a Desert Museum presentation targeted to Bobcats, Wolves and Lions, and another Desert Museum presentation targeted to Bears and Webelos. Other activities included escape rooms, a virtual map and compass course, topo map reading, landmark identification, a trivia Kahoot, a scavenger hunt, a virtual nature trail, and dodging the vicious snapping turtles in Turtle Creek.
The event was topped off by a Search and Rescue presentation by James Madson, an Eagle Scout, Northern Tier Interpretive Guide and search and rescue volunteer with one save. Afternoon events focused on outdoor activities as chosen by the participants such as hiking, biking, or fishing.
Kudos to the camporee committee for taking up the challenge of presenting an activity that has never been attempted in Catalina Council.