Every three years, Scouts from across the state of New Jersey and beyond come together for the New Jersey State Police National Guard Camporee. With over eight thousand attendees, it will be the largest Scouting event held in the state of New Jersey this year. With a growing interest in STEM, the organizers of the camporee built the entire event around exploring technology. From touring a forensic lab to working with robotics and drones, there was a plethora of events Scouts could attend around the State Trooper Training Academy during the weekend.
Octoraro Lodge of Chester County, Pennsylvania, recently held an innovative event to raise money for their council camp, Camp Horseshoe. Founded in 1928, Camp Horseshoe has experienced the loss of hundreds of pine trees per year, making some areas very dangerous. Many trees have become old or experienced disease, making them susceptible to falling during major storms. The leadership of the lodge decided the best course of action would be to replace these dying pine trees with new, more rugged hardwood trees.
Conclave season for the Arrowmen of Sections W-4N and W-4S was very special this year, as it included an unique event - Areaclave. An “Areaclave” in this case is a joint-conclave held by two sections. The event was a major challenge for both section’s leadership who had to plan and organize the event. Before this event, Area 4 had not held an Areaclave in almost 30 years, which made the leadership nervous, but excited to bring it back. While it would be an amazing opportunity for both sections, it would also be a massive undertaking to plan such a colossal event.
The Midwest Rally is an area leadership training conference, where 11 lodges in the Central Region aimed to start on a path of success from the ground up. This event took place in October 2017, and was hosted at Camp Decorah by the Ni-Sanak-Tani Lodge. To make the experience meaningful for everyone, trainers were brought in from Timmeu Lodge from Section C-3A, and Michigamea and Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Lodge from Section C-7. In addition, Taylor Giles, the 2017 Central Region Chief, served as a trainer.