Scouts learn, bond at Hoosier Trails camp out



Jackson County fairgrounds transformed into a campground recently as Boy Scouts took over for the Hoosier Trails Council camporee.

Scouts from 18 counties in southern Indiana gathered for the weekend to camp and participate in a number of activities.

Scouts participated in hikes, presentations from police officers and firefighters, games and a BMX stunt show.

About 600 scouts and volunteers took part in the event, council program director Doug Maden said.

“We come out and get kids excited about learning life skills,” Maden said.

Council Scout executive Glen Steenberger said the council reaches about 7,000 youths every year, and the event brings those kids together while allowing them to do things they wouldn’t be able to do in smaller groups.

“A lot of Scouting is about having opportunities,” Steenberger said.

The council is made up of troops in four districts in Indiana: Hoosier Hills composed of Dearborn, Jefferson, Ohio and Switzerland counties; Wapehani composed of Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties; White River Trails composed of Daviess, Greene, Lawrence, Martin and Orange counties; and Lenni Lenape composed of Bartholomew, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings counties.

Dave Chapman, scoutmaster of Troop 557 in Columbus, said the event allowed Scouts to meet kids from other troops and allowed leaders to exchange information.

“Any time we can camp out with troops, it’s beneficial,” he said.

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