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Tumbling, airplane modeling and paper quilling were on offer among 21 honors that could be earned by Pathfinders at their 2018 RMC Camporee at Glacier View Ranch August 1-4. One honor not offered was how to meet new friends. It wasn't needed, though, as friendships were forged automatically, some perhaps for life.
Greeley Frontiersmen Hasina and Casper Mountaineer Sydney both worked on airplane modeling and duct tape honors, fashioning wallets out of duct tape. Hasina also created a purple, blue and black bow tie out of the sticky stuff.
Although winds and rain threatened activities like the scavenger hunt held outdoors on Sabbath afternoon, it only added to the high spirits of the Pathfinders.
“This was the best camporee we’ve ever had,” said RMC Pathfinder Director Chris Hill who, along with husband Don, also a Director, coordinated the event, citing "tons of compliments" from leaders on the speaker, record attendance filling the church bowl all the way up to the trees, and the ‘I AM’ theme with Pathfinders writing what it meant to them on stage blackboards.
The 2018 Camporee brought 350 members from 25 diverse clubs throughout the Rocky Mountain Conference, including an Indonesian club that attended for the first time, Hispanic clubs, and a club from Central States Conference “that we've adopted,” commented Chris Hill.
Pathfinder clubs in the Rocky Mountain Conference thrive because of their strong leadership. But with the pull of many, varied activities available to today's youth, including technology, along with the fracturing of society, even a good organization can struggle. RMC youth leaders are constantly evaluating and integrating new ideas. One leader suggested a less-formal organization that provides activities for its members, integrating the honors with the activity. A camping weekend could provide an opportunity for Pathfinders to earn honors in Camp Craft, Camp Safety, Camping Skills, Dutch Oven Cooking, Edible Wild Plants, Fire Building & Camp Cookery, and Cold Weather Survival. Or Pathfinders wanting to learn about farming could create a garden at their church and/or volunteer on a farm and earn honors in Gardening, Fruit Growing, Goat Husbandry, Herbs, Horse Husbandry, Horsemanship, Livestock, Poultry, Seeds, and Sheep Husbandry. There are any number of interests that could be pursued through activities.
As leaders sort out ways to reach Rocky Mountain Conference youth, those who attended last weekend's camporee enthused about "going on a Jeep trip" between camporee activities with Steve Hamilton and singing with the praise team. "I got to be with some of my best friends and I love singing," said Hasina.
-- Carol Bolden; photos by Paula Nelson