Submitted by Boy Scout Troop 194
Forty-three proud and exhausted Scouts, Webelos, Moms, Dads, and guests from Bedford returned home on Father’s Day after participating in a giant Boy Scout Camporee at Camp Collier in Gardner.
The Massachusetts American Legion Posts throughout the state sponsor a camporee every Father’s Day weekend. This year was the 50th American Legion-sponsored camporee. Special guests in attendance included: Cynthia Johnson-Smith, Phillis King, Kaye Cousens, Eagle Scouts Ansh Aggarwal and Henry Su, and Bedford‘s own Princess Rachell Su.
Greg Mattson did a great job as Troop 194’s Trip Leader and Alex Mattson did a super job as the Troop‘s Senior Patrol Leader. On the camporee side of things, Jon (OC) O’Connor, Allan Coady, and their staff once again did a spectacular job.
The weekend program consists of a series of events that are designed to provide a competitive arena in which the boys demonstrate their skills in Scout-craft, teamwork, and scout Spirit. All of this, and fun at the same time, combined to deliver a memorable weekend for all who were there.
Twenty-one Scout units from across the Commonwealth participated this year. Between three and four hundred people joined in. In addition to the competition, time was allocated for a church service and some fishing,
Honored guests during the weekend included: the Mass State Police Underwater Recovery team, Mounted Unit, K-9 Team and STOP teams, Mass State Fire Marshal’s Emergency Response team, U.S. Coast Guard, USAF K-9 Team, FEMA, Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the U.S. Navy (USS Constitution).
The Troop 194 Committee extends their heartfelt thanks to their long-time sponsors and friend – the Anthony Hunt Hamilton American Legion Post 221. Thanks also to supporters Carlton Willard Homes Inc., Attorney Nat Brown, and the Barry Cohen Family Foundation. In addition, they thank all the participants.
They especially thank all of the adults. Their investment of time and energy throughout the year is key to providing these Scouts with the skills, opportunities, and personal examples necessary to enhance the fundamental scouting experience.