The Dan Beard District
Spring Camporee

will be held on 
May 19th-20th
McDade Park, Scranton PA


This year’s Spring Camporee will be held at McDade Park in Scranton from Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th. During Saturday’s activities Scouts will have an opportunity to earn the Mining and Society merit badge as we tour the Lackawanna County Coal Mine and the Anthracite Heritage Museum. Additionally, engineers from S&ME will be facilitating instruction to assist Scouts in completing merit badge requirements.

Scouts who are interested in earning the Mining and Society merit badge will need to complete and bring with them the following pre-requisites:

  • 1A) Select 10 different minerals. For each one, name a product for which the mineral is used.
  • 1C) From the list of minerals you chose from 1A, determine the countries where those minerals can be found, and discuss what you learned with your counselor.
  • 6B) Explain reclamation as it is used in mining and how mine reclamation pertains to Scouting's no-trace principles.

Each Scout needs to include their name and Troop number on their pre-requisite. A Scout completing pre-requisite needs to understand that a written response must be in his own words. A written response involving text a Scout has “copied and pasted” (or otherwise borrowed verbatim from a source) will not be accepted as fulfillment of a pre-requisite.

Attendance is no guarantee of receiving credit for the merit badge attempted at the Camporee. This merit badge requires active preparation and participation.


Participant Schedule

Friday, May 18th

6:00 PM Troop Campout Check-In Begins
Please have the Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader register your troop.

8:30 PM SPL & Scoutmaster Meeting
Scoutmasters and SPLs are asked to join for a meeting to review the events and upcoming functions for the Camporee.

10:00 PM Taps

Saturday, May 19th

8:45 AM Camporee Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony location will be provided during Friday night’s SPL & Scoutmaster Meeting.

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Merit Badges Session, Mine Tour, and Lunch
Scouts will be placed into groups and rotate between the Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour, the Anthracite Heritage Museum, and instruction from engineers from the S&ME Engineering group for Scouts to earn the Mining and Society Merit Badge. Lunch hour will be from 12pm to 1pm.

4:30 PM Dinner
Prepare your dinner and practice your songs, skits, stories, and run-ons for the campfire.

7:30 PM Evening Entertainment
Come down to the campfire to enjoy some friendship and fellowship put on by you, the participants and maybe some surprises as well! Good time for all.

10:00 PM Taps

Sunday, May 20th

8:30 AM Scouts Own Service
A Scouts Own Service will be conducted

Travel Home Safely!


Class A uniforms are required during the main event activities. If a Scout is improperly dressed, they will be sent home.


Water will be available. You will need to bring in a sufficient supply of containers to satisfy your needs. Scouts are encouraged to carry a canteen or water bottle to ensure that fluid intake is sufficient to prevent dehydration.

Waste Disposal

Take out what you take in! Remember that a "Scout is Clean." The trash policy is to take out what you bring this weekend


Units are responsible for feeding their Scouts and bring food for the weekend.

Lunch on Saturday:

  • Scouts will have time to return to their troop sites for lunch in between the morning and afternoon session of the merit badge.
  • A scout is clean and therefore each troop should make sure to clean up their lunch site and return it to the way they found it.

Blue Cards

Units are responsible for providing their Scouts with signed Blue Cards for the Scouts to participate in the badge for the day.

Troop Check-In

All troops and crews are asked to arrive and check in between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. Check-in will require that each unit send an adult leader and the senior patrol leader or crew president to check in. They should bring with them a completed attendance roster (enclosed and to be mailed in) and a personal health history form for each participating Scout and Scouters (to be held on by the troop).

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony will begin promptly at 8:45 am. Please note that we intend to follow a strict schedule throughout the day due to all of the activities that have been planned.

Further Information & Assistance

If you have any questions regarding the Camporee, please call or email:

Stephen Lenceski – (570) 207-1227 ext. 229, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jen Murley – (570) 878-6463, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember that if you need assistance or have any questions throughout the weekend: please find a staff member. If that staff member doesn't have the information you need, he/she will know whom to contact. Please don't let small problems turn into big problems – let us know how we can help.

We are looking forward to a great weekend!



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