By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger
Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew Members have an opportunity to participate in a medieval-themed Camporee for Catholic Scouts April 17-19.
“This is a retreat where scouts will camp with other scouts and enjoy fun, food, faith and fellowship,” said Jim Pitcher, a member of the Diocese of Davenport Catholic Committee on Scouting.
The event, St. George: The Quest for Knighthood, will take place at Camp Wakonda, near Central City, Iowa. St. George is the patron saint of scouting and was a knight. Activities will include building a siege machine and attacking a castle, battling dragons, knights doing hand-to-hand combat (Boy Scout style), and a medieval-inspired feast.
Everything will be done within a Catholic framework, said Tracy Schloss, one of the event organizers. “We will have a Mass on Saturday night, we have a rosary scheduled, there is a vocational element and we will encourage the scouts to pursue the two Boy Scout Catholic religious awards.”
The Camporee is supported by the Archdiocese of Dubuque and the Diocese of Davenport Catholic Committees on Scouting. Knights of Columbus Councils throughout Iowa have given financial support to the event. This is the first year for the event, with scouts from both dioceses set to attend. The event is not for Cub Scouts.
Cost to attend is $20. Camping, materials and meals are included. Registration deadline is April 10. Scouts may come as individuals or as a unit. Adults attending must have BSA Youth Protection. All adults from Catholic-chartered units must have VIRTUS training. For more information, contact Tracy at Tracyschloss@mchsi.com, 319-551-2505