The Colonial District’s Fall Camporee theme this year was SKILLED TRADES What’s in your Tool Box? We had Trade Union Apprentice School Instructors on hand to work with the Scouts in learning more about career opportunities as a skilled trades person and to do hands on take home projects.
The electricians’ Union IBEW Local 26, Plumbers’ Union Local 5, Carpenters’ Union Local 107 and the Sheet Metal Worker SMART Local 100 were all on hand. We also had a Penn State Architectural Engineer graduate and Junior Engineer with Bala Consulting Engineers delivering a Site Layout Challenge Station.
The Scouts had to draw a foundation plan at quarter scale and then layout out at full scale. The Scouts had a great time bending electrical conduit, building wooden tool boxes, making a plaque with their Troop number made out of copper plumbing pipe, cutting out sheeting metal and riveting it to make movable shapes and forms and making a camping boot rack out of PVC pipe. The Unions were all very appreciative of the opportunity to show off their particular skills and work with the youth.