Fall Camporee

September 6th-8th, 2024

The Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806 is considered by many historians as the single most important event in the development of the Western United States. Today’s adventurer can still be thrilled and even awed by the rugged terrain, bountiful wildlife, and beautiful scenery along the Lewis & Clark Trail. Though 220 years have elapsed since the “Corps of Discovery” and portions of the mighty Missouri have been impounded, large segments of the terrain remain the same as viewed through the eyes of Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark


Cost - Registration is Now Open

  • Youth
    • $35
  • Adult 
    • $35


Friday Evening

  • 4pm -8:30pm - Unit Check in at Lewis & Clark Scout Reservation 
    • Medical form part A & B required for all participants; Part C required for anyone canoeing on the river
    • Swim Check required for anyone who will be in the water. All canoe/kayak participants must pass the swim test and skills test. Swim checks will run from 4:30-7pm on Friday and from 8-9:30am on Saturday. Swim checks from L&C summer camp 2024 will be accepted.


  • 7 am Opening Flags and Breakfast at the dining hall. Everyone packs to go lunch.
  • 8:15 am -Depart for canoe launch (group 1);
  • 9:45 Depart for canoe launch (group 2)
  • 9am -4pm On Camp Activities
    • Exploration Trek
    • Conservation Trek
  • 5pm L&C Scout Reservation Evening Celebration
    • Closing Flags and Dinner
  • 6:30 – Judging of the Dutch Oven Desserts: Dutch Oven Dessert Contest
    • Units can bring a dutch oven dessert to enter the contest. Winners announced at campfire
  • 7-8 Open Activities
  • 8:30 pm Campfire
    •  Award Presentations
    • Unit skits and songs
    •  OA Callout


  • Breakfast to go in the dining hall
  • 9am Scouts Own Service at the chapel
  • check out by 11am


Adventure Trek – 15- mile canoe trek from Springfield SD to LCSR Beach

  • Register youth and adults through the registration system
  • All participants must wear a pfd when on/near the river
  • All participants must pass the BSA “swimmer” and be proficient in canoe skills
  • 2-3 people per canoe (no solo canoe)
  • Kayakers must be 14 or older. No “sit-on-top” kayaks or stand up paddleboards
  • must have a buddy boat
  • at least 1 adult from the unit must be on the trek.
  • L&C has a limited number of canoes that can be reserved by the unit during registration.
  • Units bringing their own boats must have the following safety equipment – tow rope (1 per every 4 vessels); bilge pump (1 per 4 vessels)

Note: The camp trek director will be monitoring weather and river conditions. In case of severe weather or continued river flooding damage, the river trek may be cancelled. Other camp activities will be available.

Conservation Trek – Spend ½ or all day working on one of LCSR’s many trails

  • All participants should wear long pants and boots
  • Projects may include -removing brush and trees from the trails; cleanup of driftwood from Pebble Beach; working on trail stabilization.
  • Scouts can work towards the Paul Bunyan Woodsman Award (requirement 7) https://www.scouting.org/awards/awards-central/paul-bunyan/  and/or towards advancement conservation service hours
  • Wear a good fitting pair of leather work gloves. Safety goggles/glasses are recommended for clearing brush
  • Have Sunscreen, Bug Spray, and a water bottle with at all times
  • Hat and sunglasses recommended

Exploration Trek - ongoing throughout the day

  • Orienteering – Starts at the Earth Science Pavilion at the Davey Jones Center. Can you follow the trail to all the points?
  • Dutch Oven Cooking Class – Want to expand your menu options on campouts? People have used Dutch ovens for centuries, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition used a cast-iron Dutch oven, according to Joseph Whitehouse, an expedition member who wrote about it in his journal. Doubtless, he found this cooking tool as valuable to the members of his party as scouts find it for campouts today. Join us at the James West fire area at 10:30 or 1:30
  • Davey Jones Museum of Natural History – open all day. Come in and look around at the geology and fossil history preserved by Davey for L&C.
  • Plant and Animal Identification -All day at the Education Center
  • Pioneering and Ropes – open all day. Need some help learning knots, lashings, and other rope work. Join us in the Pioneering area by the fishing pond to work on skills and build a useful gadget.
  • Shooting Sports -Archery and Rifle ranges. Need to finish summer merit badge requirements or just want to try your hand at shooting sports? The range will post start times for each session at registration.
  • L&C Fishing Derby -At the fishing pond all day. Bring your own or borrow a rod from the camp. No live bait (minnows) please. Bring your camp chair and enjoy some time fishing in the pond. Prizes will be awarded for biggest fish and most fish caught during the day.

Note: Activities may be added/changed due to availability and weather. An updated activities list with locations and times will be handed out at registration.

Dutch Oven Contest Rules

Units can enter a dutch oven dessert for judging during dinner. Each dessert will be given a number, judges will not know which unit the dessert belongs to.

Judging will be based on the following

  • Presentation -how does the dessert look
  • Taste -does it have good flavor

  • 2024 Fall Camporee
    September 06, 2024 to September 08

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