A camporee is a gathering of many scout troops. It brings troops and patrols
together to do things they could not do individually. Camporees are most often
hosted by a local scout district. But they can be larger (multi-district or council-wide),
or smaller (just a couple troops).
Camporees are often held on a seasonal basis. There are Spring, Fall and
Winter camporees (but rarely summer, as troops usually reserve summer for
long-term camp and high adventure programs).
Camporees are opportunities for webelos dens to join troops in the outdoors. They get a
taste of what scout camping is like and get acquainted with scouts in the troop. Bringing
Webelos and scouts together at camporees is important to getting them excited about scouting.
Patrols & Competition
Camporees are opportunities for patrol camping. The best troops make full use of the patrol method,
and the best camporees do likewise. Some camporees have lots of patrol competition, where patrols test their
teamwork and scout skills against each other. Other camporees are less competitive, but are still structured
around scouts doing things in patrol groups.
From the official BSA camporee guidebook:
A camporee starts with the recognition that a patrol is the basic (camping) unit. The patrol demonstrates
its very best camping techniques and shares its experiences with other
patrols. The camporee involves the type of equipment that can be carried
in a pack by boys and can be set up entirely by boys. The equipment thus
set up enables the boys to be completely self sufficient for a self-reliant
experience over a period of 2 or 3 days.
Camporees are often structured around themes.