Do you have a Scouting story to share? We want to hear about your adventures and the amazing things Scouts are achieving in your area! So check out this form and let us know what you are up to.
But first, check out this story!
Fall Fun Rally? Why, Yes We Would Love To Hear More
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — On Sept. 23, at the Beaumont Scout Reservation just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, we were greeted by a sea of tents set up by over 1,000 youth in preparation for the 38th Annual Fall Fun Rally.
In 2010, the Fall Fun Rally was the Boy Scouts of America’s Centennial National Venturing Event. This event is always open to any member of the BSA that meets the coed age requirements of Venturing (13 and completed 8th grade, or are ages 14 through 21).
The youth officers of the Greater St. Louis Area Council had spent an entire year planning well over 100 events for the weekend. Events included things from the opening ceremony to the climbing tower, and a shooting range to volleyball competitions, talent shows, Twister for 100, line dancing, minute to win it and many other fun events.
The weekend started on Friday night with the opening meeting, and from then on the fun didn’t stop (except for a chance to get maybe 6 hours of sleep each night) until Sunday morning. Friday night featured a movie night, Twister and line dancing lessons. Saturday then featured programs in the activity field for both youth and adults to participate in. Many of the girls and guys had the chance to participate in a medieval “battle” with foam swords and shields.
For those adults and youth who wanted to spend the time in a more relaxing setting, the event staff offered over 25 training and discussion sessions focusing on building a better program for the youth in the program across the nation. Sessions were led by Dan Carriveau, the 2011-12 national Venturing president, Dustin Readenour, the 2011-12 central region Venturing president, Christina Vogt and Sarah Griffey, two of the central region area venturing presidents and many other youth and adult volunteers.
Saturday night was a blast from the past as the techno black light bubbles filled the dance floor in the 70s themed dance. The event was truly a unique and groovy experience for the youth and adults present. If you missed out on the event this year you still have a chance to experience it next year on September 28th-30th, 2012 at Beaumont Scout Reservation.
*All photos courtesy of Bob Vogt