Ranger Days exclusive

29 Apr

Greetings Scouts!

This weekend brought the promise of adventure with warm sunshine, a camporee with historic implications, a little friendly competition, and the chance for most of the youngest Scouts in attendance to try something new.

In the fall of 2010, a young, and underprepared, Troop 207, had NEVER won Eddie the Otter in Camporee Competition, though they had come close several times. By the time our only Three-peat Champ entered Camp Frank D. Merrill for this Spring’s installment, called Ranger Days, they came with almost NO older Scouts and many of the experienced Scouts they did have on hand had NEVER known a Troop 207 without Eddie… Determined to become the only four-time repeat winner, and after arriving late to camp, they stayed up long after most troops to get prepared.

Troop 200, on the other hand, and more specifically, Patrol Leader Andrew Standeven and his name sake patrol, AndyStandySquadTeamAlpha, had come close in all of the previous three Camporees dating back to their cross-town rival’s first win, placing as high as 3rd in last spring’s Ultimate Camporee.

Two troops, Troop 36 (our hosts for the weekend), and Troop 225, were struggling programs only 12 months ago, and only after strong recruiting efforts and redeveloping their own troop programs, returned this spring to competition with almost ALL new Scouts. Troop 36, with new Scoutmaster Don McElliot (who also served as Camporee Chief), nearly won, only missing an Eddie-sized upset by 2 points.

In the end, a balanced and consistent showing on the day by ASSTA proved to be too much for the Champs and a fourth title was not to be for Troop 207.

But beyond the competition, a great time was had by ALL. We had the chance to find adventure, to get a broad taste of Scouting, to be exposed to a some of the Army Ranger Camp in a way most Districts will never have, and we had a chance to honor our heroes in a very special way at our campfire. Take a look at some photos from the event and our final standings here:

1st Place (Eddie’s new home) Troop 200 – Andy Standy Squad Team Alpha – 80 Points
2nd Place Troop 36 – Recondo – 78 Points
3rd Place Troop 62 – Beaver Patrol – 77 Points
Tied for 4th Place
     Troop 207 – Narwals/ Troop 3740 – Wolverines – 75 Points
6th Place Troop 254 – Donkeys – 73 Points
7th Place Troop 62 – Eagles – 71 Points
Tied for 8th Place
     Troop 200 – Team Rockit/ Troop 254 – Pellicans – 70 Points
10th Place Troop 207 – Special Forces – 69 Points
Tied for 11th Place 
     Troop 1199 – Cobra/ Troop 254 – Spartans – 66 Points
13th Place Troop 62 – Bears – 65 Points
14th Place Troop 3740 – Spartans – 63 Points
15th Place Troop 200 – Chicktopus – 61 Points
Tied for 16th Place
     Troop 207 – Black Flying Buffalos/Troop 1199 – Flying Squirrels – 60 Points  
 
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Morning group entering lowers

Scoutmaster Cromwell getting ready for competition

a solemn moment

in the shadow of giants

Andrew gets his team ready
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One Response to “Ranger Days exclusive”

  1. Andrew Johnson April 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM #

    Way to go Troop 200 and Andrew Standeven… Atta boy.

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