Helping Hands

A camporee staff is made up of dedicated scouters who each have a "job" to do. But beyond these, many other volunteers contribute to running a successful camporee:



In a message on Camporee-L, Tim Aumann Reported:

I just held my first camporee this past weekend using the every troop provides two volunteers method. It worked very well. I actually was able to turn a few people away, which was nice.

One thing I did was ask for the volunteer's names on the troop registration form. This let the troops know I was serious about getting names, and gave me contact information for them before the event. Using that information, I was able to contact a couple people who I asked to do some things before the event. Everyone else I met with on Friday night, before the leaders' meeting, to give out assignments.

I had a couple of troops who brought a large number of boys provided more than the required two volunteers. They offered to do this, to make sure I did not run short. I think in the future I will ask for one volunteer for every 20 boys (or fraction thereof) that the troop brings.

Also, I asked different troops to do various special tasks - flag raising / lowering, lead the Scouts Own service, build the campfire, MC the campfire, etc. So where you expect to see boys doing things, you did

Help from attendees

Some districts are in the habit of requiring each unit to provide one or more adults to serve as event staff.

Kaposia District of Indianhead Council (MN), uses the adult cracker barrel (on Friday Night of a camporee) to get these volunteers assigned. One by one, the official staff members in charge of each event get up and say how many volunteers they need for their station. Volunteers raise their hands and give their names. After the cracker barrel, they meet the coordinator for their event (often for the first time), and find out the details of what they'll be doing.


Eagle Commissioners

What are Eagle Commissioners? They're special camporee staff, who serve as the main contacts for any needs a unit has. They are also Eagle Scouts (by definition). Each EC is assigned a group of units, and he makes the rounds at scheduled times during the day. He may also be assigned to eat with one of the units.

One district outfits their Eagle Commissioners with a distinctive green windbreaker with the Eagle medal silk-screened over the right pocket, and a similar polo shirt with the Eagle medal embroidered on the right side. These items are much-envied by other scouts, and are a great way to show off the district's talent. They also give Eagle Scouts a public role to play in scouting, and incentive to accompany their troop to a camporee.

This creates a new camporee staff position--Eagle Commissioner Coordinator. This person can be one of the Eagle Commissioners himself, and is responsible for making sure that a certain number (defined by the camporee planning committee) of ECs will be on hand at the camporee.


Local Clubs & Groups

Like anyone passionate about something, these folks love to come out and show off their hobby. They can often provide a big chunk of the event's program.

Examples:

  • Rocketry Clubs
  • Hot air balloon enthusiasts,
  • Sky divers
  • Radio-control airplanes
  • National Guard, army, navy, marine corps
  • Paramedics
  • Volunteer Firefighters
  • Search & Rescue
  • Amateur Radio Clubs (added by Editor)

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