Scouts saddle up for Camporee

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By The Staff

This fall’s Boy Scout Camporee at Camp Shands in Melrose was attended by more than 200 scouts and leaders from Ocala and surrounding areas. The theme this year was Wild West Weekend.

Each troop was to build a “covered wagon” to be mounted on 2 by 4s with a plywood floor but no wheels were to be used.

Only boy power was to be used to carry the wagons. The covered part could be decorated with a Wild West theme.

A race was to be held Saturday night with the wagons. The race kept the "horses" warm as well as the spectators.

One scout was to be carried in the wagon during the race as well as used to transport equipment during the day to various stations to compete in different scouting skills events.

It was a cold two nights to be sleeping in tents without central heat. The “big kids” and scouts had to dress warmly for the near freezing temperatures at night.

Mike Roppel is a resident of On Top of the World and he has been involved in scouting for a number of years. He attended the fall Camporee with his Boy Scout Troop.