The CTC stands much resemblance to the old CANUSA Moteree’s that took place at Babcock-Hovey during the 1960’s except it did not take place at an alternative Canadian Location every other year. However Canadian Troops do attend the Camporee.
The 13th CTC Camporee but the first CTC to take place at Camp Babcock-Hovey was held Oct 14, 15, 16, 2011. It rained most of Friday and into the evening which resulted in decreased attendance. It was a wee bit muddy to say the least! Saturday was much better because the rain was on all sides of the Camp, but very little actually fell on the Camporee. Under the surrounding weather conditions, there was a fair turn out. When the final number were compiled, 1,368 people registered at the Camporee and had a great time doing as many of the 400 events as they could.
Below is a picture the COPE Team took from the top of the “Wall Climbing / Repelling Tower” showing some of the subcamps in the main field.
What is the program?
The program of the CTC consists of Team Building Events, Educational Events, Fun events, Crafts, Displays, Campfire, Scout’s Own, Demolition Drag Derby (3D), Subcamp Chariot Race, Camp Site Inspection, etc. in 2011 they offered 407 events on the Event Cards.
The Challenge Trophy Camporee is designed to be run by youth. The structure is based on subcamps and assigned event areas which breaks the entire camporee into manageable sections. Training is provided for the youth leadership team. The leadership team consists of Youth Camporee Chiefs, Subcamp Chiefs and Event Area Coordinators. The support youth staff is usually made up of younger scouts who wish to to be a leader at future CTCs. Adults are trained as advisors where they provide support if needed.
The Camporee program was built slowly but consistently “larger” over several years. The first CTC started with 50 events at the 1st CTC and by the 13th CTC (2011) we were over 400 events. At the 14th CTC we hope to run 450 events.
The Challenge Trophy Camporee (CTC) was started in 1999 with 2 Youth run Subcamps. The attending units competed for plaques and several had their Unit’s number engraved on a brass plate which is attached to the original Challenge Trophy. The CTC quickly grew so big that the “Trophy” had to be retired. At the 14th CTC we plan to run 12 Youth Run Subcamps and we offer ~175 plaques to be awarded to attending units for scouting excellence. We also provide Program Patches – Teamwork, Outdoor & Nature Skills, Chariot Race participant, Event Volunteer, Demolition Drag Derby, etc.
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The CTC is also known for its patches. Here are teh 2012 Patches-