The Larimer County Department of Natural Resources is excited to host the Longs Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America celebration of 100 Years of Scouting at a Fall Camporee, September 24-26, 2010, at
Hermit Park Open Space just outside of Estes Park. Larimer County and Longs Peak Council staff and volunteers have worked together for over a year to plan this historic event. Attendance is projected to be between 800 and 1,200 scouts, leaders, and parents.
Typically the Longs Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America have eight Fall Camporee Events held by districts (in each community) where several troops come together and participate in scouting skill activities. This year, to celebrate the 100 Years of Scouting, all Boy Scout units in the Longs Peak Council (northeastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming, and western Nebraska) have been invited to Hermit Park Open Space. Scouts will be spread throughout the property's four campgrounds and 15 camper cabins. Large-group activities will take place at the group use pavilion and attendees will have access to more than 14 miles of trails.
The 2010 Fall Camporee Celebration will have 15 different outdoor scouting activities. As well, 100 Venturers (the Venturing program is boys and girls ages 14-21) will hike to the Continental Divide. During the lunch programs there will be special guests and keynote speakers. Scouts will also participate in a service project to benefit Hermit Park Open Space.
For nearly 100 years, the BSA has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America's young people. But the centennial must do more than show off the BSA's glorious past. This is a once-in-a-century opportunity to show America that Scouting is committed to inspire and prepare future generations. "Our goal is not simply to recognize 100 years of youth service, but our expectation is that this anniversary will lay the foundation for making the BSA better and stronger for the next 100 years," says Kelly Moll, Development Director, “and, this event will provide a memorable outdoor experience for scouts, scouters, and parents.” Kerri Rollins, Open Lands Program Manager for the Department of Natural Resources, adds, “This is exactly why Hermit Park was protected, for our future generations."
To learn more about Larimer County’s parks and open spaces: www.larimer.org/naturalresources
To learn more about the Longs Peak Council or to join Scouting: www.longspeakbsa.org