Troop 868 in Action

SCOUT-O-RAMA (March, 2007)

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This year's Scout-O-Rama was the show's 50th anniversary.  Sponsored each year by the Louisville Rotary Club and held in the infield of historic Churchill Downs race track, it is the longest running scout exhibition in the United States.  Packs, troops, and crews from throughout the Lincoln Heritage Council are invited to come and setup displays to showcase the fun of Scouting for boys of all ages.

Troop 868 has never missed participating in the show.  This year our scouts chose ELECTRICITY MERIT BADGE as a booth theme.  Scouts used computer software to design posters that were enlarged and used as a backdrop.  They also made electro magnets, light dimmers, circuit breakers, and several games using electricity that visitors to the booth could see, learn about, and/or play.  And they had low voltage power supplies, switches, flashlight bulbs, buzzers, and alligator clipped jumper wires available to teach visitors how to design working circuits.  The display judges awarded them a blue ribbon for their efforts.

Connor and Chris worked the opening shift.  Some Cub Scouts are pictured here trying to make working circuits. The "hands on" nature of the booth attracted older scouts and scoutmasters, as well. 
Alex (center) explains one of the electric games to a scout leader and a couple of Cub Scouts.  Chris is shown here explaining to some Cub Scouts how to make their circuit work.
Interest in the booth remained high throughout the day as nearly everyone who passed by stopped to take a look. Trey is explaining how to wire up a circuit to a couple of Cub Scouts and their mother (who seems equally interested).