Over the weekend of Friday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 3, eight local Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts of America) troops gathered at Markle Scout Cabin, located inside Markle Park, for the Fall Camporee.
Eight different patrols of different ages and genders competed in an all-day, 10-game competition with the following results:
• First place: Troop 72, of Monroe.
• Second place: Troop 128 Bllamas Patrol, of Markle.
• Third place: Troop 122, of Warren.
Other attending troops included Troop 67, of Berne, Troop 149, of Bluffton, Troop 128 Dynamite Patrol, of Markle, Troop 637, of Huntington, Troop 206 and Pack 3206, of Portland, and Troop 130, of Huntington.
Competitions included leadership skill games, team-building games, scout trivia, first-aid, fire-building and orienteering. They also had a traditional flag retirement ceremony on Saturday evening.
BSA is one of the largest youth organizations in the U.S., with 1.2 million youth participants. Its mission is to “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.”
Scouts learn independence, character development and citizenship in an outdoor environment of camping, hiking, aquatics, personal fitness and high adventure.
To find a local troop, visit BeAScout.org.