"A Camporee Program Operating Under the Darkness of Night"
Summary of Program
Letter to Units
Description of Events "Night Missions"
Additional Resource Information
The "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE" camporee program was inspired by the
"Siege of Mafeking" camporee program. The camporee begins Saturday evening after dark. Patrols are given orders to accomplish several "night missions" (events) during the course of the evening. An adult accompanies each patrol for safety purposes. Patrols are awarded points based on their performance in achieving each mission (event). Midway through the program, a light meal is served.
The Eleven "Night Missions" of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
Jaws of Death
DESCRIPTION OF 11 NIGHT MISSIONS (EVENTS)
The theme is designed to appeal to the sense of fun, adventure, and imagination so active in boys. In addition, the program helps to put into practice Scouting skills, team building, personal reflection, physical agility, and resourcefullness.
There are several reasons supporting the idea of a "night camporee".
WHY A NIGHT CAMPOREE?
It is a fun and exciting departure from the "standard" camporee format. This is especially important to those experienced Scouts that have been to other camporees and would enjoy something new and different.
To those Scouts involved in a busy weekend schedule of sports and other activities, it gives them the luxury of participating in those events and still complete a full experience at the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE night camporee. They don't have to choose between Scouting and other pursuits.
It avoids the hurried Friday night departure and travel/set up routine. For many units, it is a very hectic routine on Friday night. They can now leave Saturday afternoon at a more leisurely pace. (Although units can come out on Friday night if they choose, with the understanding no program will be offered until Saturday evening--until then, they provide their own program)
The Saturday evening start allows camporee staff more time to organize and assemble the components of an excellent program. They effectively have all day Saturday to get organized, rather than Friday night/Saturday morning.
Under the cover of darkness, the environment takes on a mystery which creates a more exciting mood. The secrets of the night can be featured and appreciated. Things seem larger, farther, and more intriguing at night.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SATURDAY--SEPTEMBER 27, 1997
Arrival and Campsite Set Up
Dinner & Clean Up
Opening Campfire & Briefing
ELEVEN NIGHT MISSIONS
END OF NIGHT MISSIONS
Return to campsites
Get settled into quiet/sleep time
SUNDAY--SEPTEMBER 28, 1997
Brief closing and awards program
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