Scout’s ‘camporee’ at Snow King leaves lasting impression

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Scout Camporee will get underway this weekend at Snow King.

It is the third year in a row local scouts will hit the town hill for equal portions service and swinging!

Camporee begins with an all-day service project, followed by an overnight camp at the summit of Snow King overlooking the town of Jackson. Next morning it’s straight to the resort’s ropes course Treetop Adventure and a day of fun activities usually enjoyed by tourists all summer long.

Gary Edington

If the past two years are any indication, Edington is expecting at least 40 kids, probably more as the program expanded opportunities to girls last year and it was a big hit.

The kids come from all walks of life—many who never have the opportunity to do the activities at Snow King.

“There are some kids on this course that wouldn’t be able to do it if not for the relationship we’ve built with Snow King,” said Scout leader Gary Edington.

Scouts will begin the weekend on Friday morning when they drop gear at the Summit lift to go to the top. They’ll then don their work gloves and literally “work ” their way up to the summit stacking piles of wood from deadfall and glading.

The evening camping at the Summit is filled with campfire activities and camaraderie. Saturday they will hike down the mountain to the Treetop Adventure, which, according to Edington, is the highlight. After that, scouts disperse to do other activities on their own.

“It makes a big difference in their lives. The self-assurance they develop will stay with them forever, Edington said.

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