September 18-20, 2015, The Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council, held its Camporee at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. The camporee takes place every 4 years, however this year was special because it was the Ranch’s 50th birthday. There were over 5,000 Boy Scouts and their families there. You could see hundreds of tents set up all over the ranch by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers.
There were lots of activities to choose from. There were both regular and 3D archery. 3D archery is normal archery except instead of having a haystack as a target, you shoot at foam practice dummies that look like real animals. There was also tomahawk throwing, paintball sling shots, air rifles, mountain biking, rappelling, and much more. They had a Native American Village that included dancing and songs. The Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force skydiving team dropped in on the activities from a helicopter. There was a concert by Mile High, a Fort Carson rock band and two inspiring speakers. Matt Moniz, an eagle scout and mountaineer, and Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Several kids were playing Gaga ball, a game with one or two balls in an arena that is about knee high. Kids pack in to the small arena. If you get hit by a ball on the knee (no sitting on your knees) or below, or if you throw the ball out of the arena, you are out. Last one standing wins.
On Saturday night, with only flashlights for light, everybody worked together to break the Guinness world record for the most people popping bubble wrap at the same time. The old record was 1,119, by a high school in Australia. At this camporee there were more than double this amount of people participating, setting a new Guinness World Record. It was really loud and sounded like one bubble wrap popping with a bunch of echos. It was organized chaos.
The next camporee will be in 2019. Hope you go!