Re: [thrower] Boy Scout Camporee - Camp Stake March 28th
- Thanks for the report, Steve.
I enjoyed that and it sounds like you did as well.
I only wish I could have been there.
As they say nowadays, respect to yourself and Ron and Shereen.
( An inch can make all the difference !!)
From: stevecatfishjackson <mstephenjackson@...>
Sent: Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 21:49:19
Subject: [thrower] Boy Scout Camporee - Camp Stake March 28th
Kudos to Cross-Stix for coordinating an outstanding knife and hawk throw representing the IKTHOF for the Tall Timbers District of the Boy Scouts of America at their 2009 Camporee near Houston this last weekend. In an effort to keep the older boys interested in scouting, the district leaders chose as the theme of this years annual event as a mountainman rendezvous with many of the boys and leaders in period regalia. All competition events were based on this theme, i.e. archery, canoeing, Indian games, etc. and, for the first time in their history, black powder shooting and our style of frontier knife and hawk throwing. According to the leadership, it was their most successful camporee ever and the knife, hawk and shooting were the boys favorite events by far. The district purchased their own Cold Steel knives and hawks through the Throwzini site and built all their own throwing blocks. Cross-Stix ran the knife event and I ran the hawk with 8 throwers each
at a time. With the help of some fathers as safety officers, we ran over 18o boys through the course without incidence from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm with only an hour lunch break. Seeing the boys faces and excitement when they stuck one was truly awesome and there were some real naturals in the bunch. After that, Cross-Stix, his wife, Shareen and I, along with some others, judged their dutch-oven cooking competition. It was truly outstanding.
We were also invited to their council fire ceremonies that night and again introduced to over 200 scouts and attendees sitting in a wonderful outdoor amphitheater. I had the honor of playing the native american flute for their Order of the Arrow tap-out ceremony. This was particularly special to me being that I, too, was initiated into the Order in this same ceremony, at this same camp, 45 years earlier. Many thanks to Cross-Stix for making this possible. We were told they are looking to do a Jamboree next year with this same theme at the historical George Ranch near Houston with over 2000 scouts attending. They have unofficially invited the IKTHOF to be a part of it should it happen. I've posted some pics on the throwers site.
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