• Boy Scout parent Doug Hester, of Teague, helps Scouts Zaden Wagner, 14, and Jacob Philpott, 12, both also of Teague, to assemble the ingredients needed for a chicken pot pie they will cook over a campfire. Their activity took place Saturday, Jan. 27, at Old Fort Parker, where 14-15 Scout troops from the Waco area were competing in Scout skills. Photo by Roxanne Thompson/Groesbeck Journal
  • Sitting around a campfire at Old Fort Parker, l-r, are Mexia Troop 70 Scouts Jose Alvarez, 11, of Mexia, Dylan Hester, 13, and Leighton Mackey, 13, both of Teague, and Tristan Bell, 15, of Tehuacana, Their campout took place this past weekend during a Scout competition called Freeze-o-ree. Photo by Roxanne Thompson/Groesbeck Journal
  • Mexia Boy Scout Troop 70, Blue Phoenix, was the first team to participate in Kim’s Game at the annual Freezoree held at Old Fort Parker on January 27. The Indian Nations District, a 50 mile radius around the Waco area, allowed youth to lead the Hunger Games style competition. For this segment, scouts had to study the survival items on a table for 15 seconds and as a group list all the ones they could recall, then decide which 10 items they deemed most important. Photos by Alexandra Cannon/Groesbeck Journal
  • Mexia Boy Scout Troop 70, Blue Phoenix, was the first team to participate in Kim’s Game at the annual Freezoree held at Old Fort Parker on January 27. The Indian Nations District, a 50 mile radius around the Waco area, allowed youth to lead the Hunger Games style competition. For this segment, scouts had to study the survival items on a table for 15 seconds and as a group list all the ones they could recall, then decide which 10 items they deemed most important. Photos by Alexandra Cannon/Groesbeck Journal
  • Cubs and Scouts alike enjoyed events including archery, fire building and cooking, bugling and first aide at the Freezoree on Old Fort Parker grounds January 27. This is an annual event for the Indian Nations District, and the Order of the Arrow, a fraternity of sorts that focuses on cheerful service, leads all the planning and activities. Alexandra Cannon photo/ Groesbeck Journal

Mexia Boy Scouts camp out, win competitions

By Roxanne Thompson Staff Writer

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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