The Inaugural Catholic Camporee, sponsored by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, attracted over 200 youth and leaders from the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Trail Life and Campfire Girls, regardless of faith.
John Petrillo, a Boy Scout volunteer leader, said the Camporee was about camping and Catholic Scouting.
The two night, three-day event (March 10 –12), held at Black Creek Scout Reservation in Sylvania, was the Inaugural Catholic Scouting Convocation Camporee.
Scouts earned religious patches, learned how to make a rosary, climbed a rock wall, traversed a high ropes course, and took vocation hikes.
On Saturday evening Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., celebrated an outdoor Mass for over 200 people. Following his homily, he presented religious awards to the scouts who had earned them over the previous 12 months.
A bonfire lit up the night as the bishop fielded questions from the scouts who later performed skits for those gathered around the fire. “Its been fun, a lot of fun,” said scout Joseph Paslawski, “learning about God and experiencing new things about BoyScouts.”