The last thing on most people’s mind in late October is camping but for the 15th year in a row, local Scouts BSA returned to Camp Merz in Mayville and held their annual Monster Mash Camporee during the weekend of the 18th to the 20th. The boys and girls practiced scout skills like first aid, knots and lashings, and even used their knowledge to flee from a Zombie Escape Room. 32 of the scouts earned either the Traffic Safety or Art Merit Badge and 20 scouts and leaders earned the “just-for-fun” Monster Mash Merit Badge. 309 scouts and leaders “survived” the haunted weekend.
Also, in attendance, the local radio club returned for Jamboree on the Air where participants communicated with other scouts from around the world via Ham Radio. Additionally, scouts learned Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills, discovering that adding dry ice to water accelerates the sublimation, causing pressure. Pumpkins under that kind of pressure tend to leave pieces spread in all directions.
Saturday’s activities culminated with a dinner consisting of dishes troops shared in the Dining Hall that they cooked over the campfire. Following this was a haunted hayride, haunted house, and bonfire. The weekend ended with closing ceremonies Sunday morning with over 60 awards issued in addition to the Merit Badges the scouts earned.