2020 Area Camporee
As the 2020-2021 Pathfinder year starts up, our club had the opportunity to participate in the Fall 2020 Eastern Nebraska Area Camporee. Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), attendance was down, allowing only about half of our area to attend. Though the number of campers was down somewhat from previous years, the Pathfinders there still had a wonderful time.
Our church is blessed to own a private campground near Seward, Woodland Acres, that has plenty of space to spread out and mitigate the risk for any spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Even though nearly all of the camporee’s activities took place outside, our club had several additional protective measures in place, including mandating masks when individuals were fewer than six feet apart and placing the tables where the Pathfinders ate meals at least six feet apart.
On Friday afternoon, our club gathered at College View Church about 1:00 P.M. to load into vans and travel out to Woodland Acres. There we set up our full camp, with our club’s camporee entrance complete with a banner and flags. After camp was set up, we had our usual supper of chili, grilled cheese, and cornbread. Vespers then began close to 7:45, with singing and a worship talk from our area coordinator, Kalvin from Bellevue. He spoke about how we Pathfinders, though we are from different clubs, are all really one big club. Then it was time to go to bed.
After breakfast, Sabbath morning started out with flag raising and an inspection of our camp and the Pathfinder’s Class A uniforms. We then gathered for a special Pathfinder Sabbath School and church service. Speaking for church was guest speaker Frank from Lincoln, who discussed the topic of empathy, dressed up as different Bible characters as he went. When church was finished, we took our traditional club picture under the banner, then ate lunch.
Later Sabbath afternoon, the Pathfinders in the Explorer and Ranger Classes led the rest of the Pathfinders in some fun, socially distant afternoon activities. After a supper of mashed potatoes and Prime Stake, we went back down to the campfire for sundown vespers, where Pastor Martin further expounded on the morning’s topic.
At 8:00 Sabbath evening, the younger Pathfinders gathered to do the paperwork portion of their respective Camping Skills honors, and the Pathfinders in the Teen Leadership Training program helped teach them.
On Sunday morning, the groups completed their Camping Skills requirements by starting fires by various methods. Once the Pathfinders had successfully started their fires, we began tearing down camp. After a Blazer Burger lunch, we were ready to start home. It had been a fun, faith-filled, and memorable weekend for all who attended.