Troop 868 in Action

Operation Patriot Games (Oct 6-8, 2000)

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Operation Patriot Games is a Lincoln Heritage Council sponsored camporee held every 5 years at the Fort Knox military base.  Fort Knox is the home of armored operations for the U.S. Army.  The base has a major impact on many communities in the Lincoln Heritage Council service area.  The relationship between the military and scouting has always been strong, but what else would one expect from a movement founded by a retired Army General and which lives by the motto, Be Prepared ?

The several thousand scouts who camped in one of the base's tank training fields were awed by demonstrations of ARMY armor in action and thrilled to have the opportunity to see tanks and other armored vehicles "up close and personal."

Scouts also had the opportunity to tour the Patton Museum (named after General George Patton of WW II fame) and to witness numerous helicopter take-offs and landings from the nearby base airfield.

Despite cramped quarters, chilly weather, and soggy ground from recent rains, the weekend show was still a resounding success.

Shown at left is Troop 868's campsite.  It was quite a challenge getting 14 BSA wall tents and 3 dining flys set up in an area only 30 feet wide and 100 feet deep!  Our quys now understand the meaning of the phrase "close quarters!"

In the photo, Assistant Scoutmaster Meek works with a scout on a First Aid requirement.  Scouts built the campsite gateway as partial fulfillment of the requirements for Pioneering Merit Badge.