A camporee is often a district or council Boy Scout troop activity that demonstrates the techniques of living in camp. There are also specialized camporeess for Cub Scouts and Webelos. A Camporee involves a one- or two-night camping experience and may include outdoor skills competitions.
Types of Camporees
The theme of a Camporee may change every year or may be fixed.
- Outdoor Skills Camporees focus on skills through First Class.
- Advanced Scout Skills Camporees may focus on Wilderness Survival, Orienteering, or Geocaching.
- Pilgrimage Camporees often focus on the history of an area such as the US Grant Pilgrimage or Abraham Lincoln Pilgrimage.
- Merit Badge Camporees are Merit Badge Events that may feature:
- One field such as an Aviation Camporee, Jamboree On The Air, Snow Sports, or Indian Lore Camporee.
- A variety of merit badge fields such as an Ecology Camporee or Field Sports Camporee.
- Some councils offer a special Merit Badge Camporee each fall to allow Scouts to finish up Summer Camp Merit Badges.
- Webelos Camporees focus on Webelos Activity Badges and introduce Webelos to area troops.
- Cub Scout Camporees (or Cuborees) offer a variety of Belt Loops.
Camporees are typically staffed by volunteer leaders.
The successful camporee requires good planning, organization, and promotion. Organization is especially important for the selection of proper personnel, and the assignment of duties can determine the success of the whole affair.
The responsibility for planning, promoting, and conducting a district or council camporee (all districts having a joint camporee with a coordinated program similar to a national jamboree) will vary somewhat according to how your council and district is organized.
Camporees are usually the responsibility of the activities committee, but might be handled by the camping committee or a special task force established just for that purpose.