This year, the Troop leadership team decided that a good team-building exercise for the Troop's Court of Honour would be for them to attend a Camp as a Patrol. With that in mind, the PL's and APL's attended the 4th Annual Challenge Trophy Camporee near Rochester, New York. 15th Burlington had attended the 2nd Camporee in August 2000 and enjoyed the experience. It was a small-scale camporee, with a similar activity-based format as Dorchester. This time around, we found the camporee had grown to over 1200 participants, and 200 different events!!!
After completing a Friday Apple Day shift, the PL's and APL's piled into the East Burlington convoy and head down in the rain to Camp Cutler, arriving around 12:30am. The camp staff had expected our late arrival, and our Subcamp Chief was up and waiting for us as we arrived. Our hosts even took pity on us and assigned us to a camp within easy distance from the parking lot.
The next morning, a light rain had come and settled in for the day. Despite the rain, and a bit of a chill to the air, the Troop appeared to have a good time exploring the events. Scouter Graham, a Ham Ram radio enthusiast, assisted with the JOTA activities at the site. The PL/APL patrol dropped by and had a chat over the radio with an American Scouter and a couple of Scouts.
Following the day's events, and the clearing of the skies, the winds picked up and nearly blew half the Troop's tents away. After re-staking our camp, the Troop head out to participate in the Chariot races (which we did quite well in), and took part in the massive campfire. There we introduced the American Scouts to our updated version of the JCPenney skit, and learned a few new skits as well (This one died in the ditch - D-I-T-C-H....). To close off the evening, we were invited by Otetiana Council Troop 167 for a delicious "Mug-Up". Our new American friends had received a warm reception a year earlier at a Canadian Camp that took place the weekend after the events of 9/11/01, and were returning the favour for their Canadian guests.
The next day saw our tour as international ambassadors end as we packed up the vans and head home, stopping of course for some "international cuisine".....at the local Denny's........
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