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BSA camporee concludes with tradition

NORTH CREEK - In traditional fashion, the annual Twin Rivers Boy Scout Council camporee - which included over 275 scouts and troops from Crown Point, Ticonderoga, North Creek and Schroon Lake - concluded May 9 with a U.S. flag retirement and an Order of the Arrow initiation.

The OA is the National Boy Scout honor society for those who have best exemplified scout honor and service, officials said.

"There are not many organizations that would give a kid $3000 and tell him to plan a weekend camping trip with 300 of his friends," local OA Associate Adviser Paul Ostwald said. "We focus on leadership - the OA is entirely a youth run organization."

After the cutting and burning of the flag - set against a reading of great moments in American rhetoric - drums could be heard off in the distance.

As the beat became more pronounced, two lines of order members could be seen. Four of them adorned in Midwestern Native garb.

"Each OA council has a chief, vice-chief and a secretary," Ostwald said. "Once initiated, OA members can begin things like adventure or high-ropes training."

The initiation process takes the form of the Ordeal, where perspective OA members are taken into the wilderness and set on team-oriented tasks.

Throughout the weekend the scouts competed in relays and competitions as well as listen to presentations about a range of topics including CPR and kayaking techniques.

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