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Twin Rivers Council Scout camporee allows kids to connect, have fun, explore interests

Gavin Marshall, 8, of Saratoga climbs in a ring toss game at the Twin Rivers Council Boy Scout Jamboree at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa Saturday.
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Gavin Marshall, 8, of Saratoga climbs in a ring toss game at the Twin Rivers Council Boy Scout Jamboree at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa Saturday.

Hundreds of Boy Scouts walked around the Saratoga County Fairgrounds Saturday exploring various activities during a weekend-long camporee hosted by the Twin Rivers Council.

Rock climbing, archery, a caber toss, a ring toss and even a sticky wall you’d run up and stick to were among the activities attendees could participate in. 

“This is something we do every couple of years,” Twin Rivers Council Rotary Scout Reservation camp director Brian Murray said.

He said the idea is to get all of the packs together and have fun.

Tori Bubie, of Poestenkill, was one of several girls at the camporee. Bubie was previously a Girl Scout, but would attend all of her brother’s scout meetings before the organization began allowing girls to join. In 2019, she joined the Scouts BSA program for 11- to 17-year-olds to work toward earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and has since reached scouting’s highest rank.

“I’m really excited to network with the other girls in scouting,” she said, noting she wanted to teach them what she’s learned and inspire others to join.

Bubie wasn’t the only one looking forward to socializing with other scouts. Many others said the festivities offered a great opportunity to meet new people and catch up with friends. 

Vaughn Pollack, who is part of troop 104 out of Johnstown and had recently moved to Latham, was overseeing the ring toss station Saturday. 

He is a Life Scout, just one rank under Eagle Scout. Pollack said that while he is currently trying to figure out the logistics of his Eagle Scout project,  he put the project aside this weekend to relax and have fun. One of his favorite parts of the camporee was getting to see old friends and participating in the dozens of different activities. He said the scouts are all about learning new things. 

“There’s no limit to what you can do,” Pollack said. 

He said he was looking forward to checking out jousting and the sticky wall. 

The sticky wall was very popular among the kids. 

Chase Wilcox, 7, and Paul LaPlante, 8, both cub scouts from pack 3062 in Scotia, will back that up. 

Assistant Den Leader Amy Wilcox said seeing all the kids together was one of the best parts of the weekend. 

“Especially after COVID, all of the kids need this,” she said. 

She said each pack brings its own unique interests, which the packs share with each other, and allows kids to explore other interests.

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