Large rural councils have found the District Camporee especially successful in bringing activities to the rural boys in the district, as well as in bringing the people of the district into closer understanding and cooperation. The rural Camporee is a demonstration of camping by rural groups of Scouts under their own leaders. Here Scouts and Patrols are rated on their skill and proficiency in the various arts of camping. There is a growing movement which fixes a rating point and everyone who reaches or exceeds it, wins recognition.

In rural districts, Camporees may be held on a one or two-day schedule, as preferred. Camps may open on Friday afternoon; Friday evening be given over to a Court of Honor and camp fire; Saturday be given over to field activities and meeting standards. If two nights are to be spent in camp, the Camporee closes with a Protestant church exercise Sunday morning, and with boys of Catholic or Jewish faith being taken to their own religious services, unless held also in camp. Care must be exercised to provide each Scout with his normal worship opportunity.

The standards to be attained by the Scouts are made known to them well in advance so they may "Be Prepared." Outlines for judging Camporees have been issued by the National Service of Camping and Activities and can be secured by district officials from the Area Council Office.

These include 350 points for personal clothing (proper uniform), insignia, packs, bedding, cooking and camp equipment, with added points for Scout-built equipment.

A total of 650 points is possible for Patrol organization, setting-up camp, maintaining camp,* closing camp, special activities, menu building, storage of food and utensils,* preparation of food,* fuel, fires.*

Judged from average of 3 different inspections at 3 different times.

Texas Plains Pageant At Jamboree

TEXAS PLAINS PAGEANT AT JAMBOREE

Patrol organization, for example, includes:

A functioning Scout group organization........ 20 points

Leadership of the group by leader............. 20 "

Friendliness to neighbors..................... 10 "

Courtesy ................................... 15 "

Quiet after taps............................. 10 "

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The District Covered-Wagon Trek

This may be an old time covered-wagon or a motorized trailer unit. The outfit carries a group of Scouts and equipment. They camp one day and night in some suitable, prearranged place in one community, make their demonstration and then move on to do the same thing at another center. In some large area councils, camping equipment is moved thus to serve a new batch of Scouts every 50 or 100 miles.