Boy Scouts from across Clermont and Brown counties gathered in Chilo Oct. 19-21 for the US Grant District Fall Camporee.
More than 170 boys and adult volunteers camped out from Friday until Sunday, taking part in a variety of activities that were not only fun, but that tested skills learned as scouts.
All of the activities at this year’s event had a pirate theme – from a corn hole contest in which the bag was thrown with a hooked hand, to a ‘cannon’ target practice contest in which a rubber band launched tennis balls at a mock up of a pirate ship.
Bethel Troop 196 assistant scoutmaster and District Camporee Chairman Ron Shouse said that while all of the activities at the Camporee are designed to be fun, the real purpose is practicing skills and learning values.
Neil Lizakowski, a scout from Troop 671 in Mt. Moriah, said that being in scouting is something that he really enjoys.
"I love scouting," Lizakowski said. "It's a really great experience. We meet new people and make friends, and learn how to make knots and start fires, so it's fun."