Mexia Boy Scouts camp out, win competitions
Despite light rain last weekend, Mexia Boy Scouts from Troop 70 camped out at Old Fort Parker and competed in a multi-troop contest, placing first overall.
The annual event was the Freeze-o-ree, a nod to the well-known Boy Scout Jamboree, but with acknowledgement, too, of the cold January weather.
Around 200 people attended, counting youths and adults, from 14-15 troops based in the Waco area, which covers Limestone, Freestone, McClennan, and other nearby counties.
Participating Scouts, Scoutmasters and other organizers arrived Friday night and pitched tents in which they slept that night. Each troop set up a campsite and kept a campfire going over the weekend for warmth and cooking. They also brought ingredients to make their own food to practice their self-sufficiency skills.
Although a light rain fell for a while, the group took precautions to avoid lightning and made sure the Scouts had adequate gear, said Ed Morrison, of Waco, one of the organizers.
The wet weather didn’t appear to dampen the spirits of Mexia’s Boy Scouts, who shared the tasks of camping, some breaking up twigs and wooden sticks for the campfire, others following a recipe for chicken pot pie topped with biscuits. Others sat around the campfire and carved fire pokers from sticks or just lounged in lawn chairs, enjoying the outdoors.
Nearly a dozen competitions took place Saturday morning in a three-hour session, then continued after a lunch break, with a three-hour afternoon session.
Competitions involved Scout skills like first aid, archery, fire-building, cooking, orienteering, bugling, rope-typing, an obstacle race and a memory drill.
Scout Leighton Mackey, 13, reported later that Mexia Troop 70 took first place Overall-Troop, and second place Overall-Patrol.
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