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Fall Camporee

 October 13-15, 2017
Mountain Man Rendezvous – Come to the Mountains

When: October 13-15, 2017
WhereCamp Manidokan, Knoxville, MD
Cost: $30/person ($25 early registration)
Webelos: As part of a Troop
Registration: By Unit 
Director: Bill Majurski <>

Register here.

One week to GO!  Here is what you need to know!!!

About our theme

Come to the Mountains! - This year we are back at Camp Manidokan on the side of a ridge of the beautiful Appalachian mountains. This year we will celebrate our location in the mountains.

Rocky Mountain Rendezvous (in trapper jargon) was an annual gathering (1825–1840) at various locations held by a fur trading company at which trappers and mountain men sold their furs and hides and replenished their supplies.

The rendezvous was a celebration with competitions.   James Beckwourth described it as "Mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, running, jumping, singing, racing, target-shooting, yarns, frolic, with all sorts of extravagances that white men or Indians could invent".[1]   Sounds like a Boy Scout event to me!

Weekend organization

We will have lots of activities setup around the camp.  Go were you want, stay as long as you please - no schedule.  Just like last year. The activities will be open all day Saturday and again on Sunday morning. Big campfire Saturday night.


Activity stations at this year's event

Our list of stations and what to bring is available here (PDF).

We will bring back old favorites and we are planning some new ones that will soon be favorites. The activities mix work on Scout skills, learning and games.  Yes, the Foosball field is returning.

Old favorites

 Foosball Agility Trail Knife Throwing Giant sling shot
 Signals and Codes  Fire building - bow method
 Knots and Lashings
 Map and Compass Scoutmaster "chuckwagon" Cookoff Cooking 

Some of the new favorites 

TomahawksArchery Lumberjack Toss Campsite Catastrophe
 Climbing Wall  Ax Carving Fire Building - steel wool Fire building - basic lay
 Mountain man costume competition Blacksmithing  

We are also planning some period demonstrations to help us get into the theme.  Some ideas we are knocking around are: chainsaw carving, black powder, period costumes.

We will have a trading post run by the Scout Shop on Saturday.  

Personal and Patrol Gear needed for stations 

...available soon.

Camporee Guide

The Unit Guide to attending Camporee is available at Here

Who's Invited

All Scouts, Venture Crews, Explorer Posts and Girl Scout troops. Webelos may attend as part of a Troop. Units from outside our council may attend as well. Please contact Camporee Director for details.  For more details see the section Camporee Attendance, Registration and Payment Policies below.


Register here.

Early unit registration (until August 31) - register for a campsite.  Includes 5 attendee registrations. Cost $125
Late Unit Registration (September 1 - September 29) - register for a campsite.  Includes 5 attendee registrations. Cost $150

Early attendee registration (until September 29)- $25
Late Attendee registration (September 30 - October 6) - $30 

Webelos attending for the day on Saturday (not camping). Cost $15

LDS Registration

LDS Troops - when you register, you must select LDS Campsite (for the campsite) and LDS for your adults and youth (together as one).  Payment is made directly from the Stake. This applies to Seneca Stake only.  We do not have arrangements with other Stakes.  If you are with a Stake other than Seneca and wish to register we require payment through the web site.  If you have questions please contact the Camporee Director.

See the LDS Webelos section below for details about LDS Webelos at Camporee.

Webelos Registration

Webelos register and camp (if not LDS) as part of a Troop. There is no separate Webelos Den registration, your members are registered as Troop members.

Attendee is youth or adult.

LDS Webelos

Our understanding of Seneca Stake rules regarding LDS Webelos attendance is:
  • LDS Webelos may attend for the day on Saturday
  • LDS Webelos may not camp
  • LDS Webelos registration fees are not paid through the Stake (must be paid for on the web site at registration time)
As with non-LDS Webelos, you attend as guests of a Troop and attend stations embedded in Patrols of that Troop.  There are no Webelos-only Patrols at Camporee.

How to prepare

A great way to get "involved" in Camporee is to weave our theme into your meetings and outings leading up the to the event. Here are some of the Scout skills that you will use at Camporee.  For a complete list look HERE.

Fire building - Lean-To method (bow method, steel wool, match)
Campsite design and layout
Semaphore signalling
Hang a bear bag (traditional or PCT style)
Knots and lashings
First aid (a focus will be on burns)
Map and Compass
Build a lean-to shelter (from poles, tarp, rope)

Unit volunteers

The last few years we have had fantastic participation from unit leaders. This year we would like to add some organization to the effort. Again we ask for at least of one adult volunteer per unit to help staff on the weekend.

On the weekend we will have a staff coordinator on site to guide and work with unit volunteers.

A few years ago we had a bugler signal the camp.  Got skills?  Let us know ahead of time.

Location, Location, Location

Directions - Traveling up 270 in Friday evening rush hour is not easy.  We recommend the following route be taken to Camporee.  These directions start at the LDS church in Germantown where Seneca District Roundtable is held. Travel time is about 1 hour, rush hour or not. When you arrive at Manidokan, the main facility is on the left. Drive past that a hundred feet. We are on the right, in the BIG field. We will have a big Boy Scouts sign on the road side just before the driveway.  Some of you will arrive after dark. We'll leave a light on.

Water - available on site

Potties - portables

Parking - One vehicle in campsite. Rest in an on-site parking area. 

Weekend schedule

A tentative schedule is available in the Event Guide.

Camporee Attendance, Registration and Payment Policies


Who may attend Camporee?

Units (Troops, Crews, and Posts) within NCAC may register using the event web site.  Units  from outside our council but the web site is not set up to handle these requests.  Please contact the Camporee Director for assistance.

Camping arrangements

While at Camporee, each unit is assigned a campsite.  

Patrols for program time

Program time (stations) are organized around Patrols.  We target activities to handle a Patrol size of 6-8 Scouts. For example a foosball team is 6 players.


Webelos Dens may attend as part of a Troop.  They register as part of a Troop and their members travel to stations as part of a Patrol.  Webelos may not attend these activities on their own - they must travel with Troop members.  The activities/stations are designed for Troop age Scouts and it is intended that these Scouts assist the Webelos.  Some activities are not appropriate for Webelos Scouts.  These activities will be paired with a Webelos appropriate version of the activity.

Webelos may arrive with Troop on Friday night and camp two nights or may arrive on Saturday morning and camp one night at the discretion of the Troop. Webelos may also choose to just attend for the day Saturday. Administratively they are considered part of the Troop except that they will submit a separate roster at checkin. 

Normal Webelos camping rules apply with regard to adult leadership etc.  BSA policy on this can be found at


LDS units (Troops, Crews, and Posts) are encouraged to attend.  It is understood that they will depart camporee after Saturday night campfire.

As per Church Policy, LDS Webelos are welcome to attend Saturday activities, but do not camp.

LDS unit payment is handled directly through the Stake.  We currently have that relationship established with Seneca Stake.  If you are outside Seneca Stake and your unit would like to attend and your Stake wishes to handle payments directly, please contact the Camporee Director.

Webelos attending for the day on Saturday

Webelos Dens may attend camporee just for the day Saturday.  They must still register and pay as part of the sponsoring Troop.  As with Webelos that camp overnight they are to be inserted into Patrols for activities.

Webelos Dens attending for the day on Saturday are welcome to arrive at the normal Saturday check in time.  They must depart camporee before dark Saturday evening. They may eat dinner with their Troop at the discretion of the Troop.

LDS Webelos dens attending for the day Saturday, if they are sponsored by an LDS Troop, must register and pay separately from the Troop.

Cub Scouts visiting Camporee

Cub Scouts (Pack members younger than Webelos) may not participate in camporee.  A Pack may visit camporee to observe the activities.  They will not participate in stations or other activities.  We have no age appropriate activities for them. If they choose to visit they must be sponsored by a Troop and have a Troop adult as guide for their entire visit to the camporee.

Girl Scout Troops

Girl Scout troops, Cadette and older, may attend Camporee.  In terms of age, this aligns with the boy attendance. When registering select under Council "Girl Scouts of America" then for unit type choose "Post: boys or girls age 14...". With GSA selected you will be able to enter a Troop number.


This is a Scouting event.  It is not appropriate to bring siblings to the event.


Patrols will compete for first, second and third place awards.  The prize is custom Camporee Neckerchiefs.  Competition is based on points earned at stations. You do not have to "compete" to attend.  Some Patrols thrive on the competition and others want to take a slower pace.  Both are great. 


Troops, Crews, and Posts that are part of Seneca, White Oak, or Potomac districts register via the event web site. Units from outside these districts must contact the Camporee Director to register (our web site is not setup to handle this). Rosters will be collected at check-in.

Webelos register as part of a Troop. No separate Webelos registrations will be accepted. Rosters will be collected at Troop check-in.

Webelos attending for the day Saturday must register as part of a Troop. Rosters will be collected at Troop check-in.

Cub Scout visitors must register as part of their Shepard Troop. Rosters will be collected a Troop check-in.

Payment policy

Troops, Crews, and Posts pay in advance online.  There is a separate campsite and person fee.  

LDS Troops, Crews, and Posts register online except that for Seneca Stake the payment is handled directly by the Stake (not paid online). For LDS units outside of Seneca Stake, we have no arrangements with other Stakes.  Please contact your Stake to see what their policies are.  Your camporee contact in this matter should be the Camporee Director.

Webelos payment is handled as part of Troop registration.

Webelos Dens attending for the day on Saturday are charged half price. Camporee patches will be awarded to these Scouts if we have adequate supply.

Cub Scout visitors attend free.  They will not receive camporee patches.