Thursday, September 23, 2010

Scouts Gather for Campaganza at Moraine

An estimated 10,000 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will take over part of Moraine State Park in Butler for Campaganza this week. It's in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Rick Bausher, BSA Penn's Wood Council Commissioner, says it's a "jamboree" type experience for the 95% of scouts who can't attend a national event. Campaganza is being presented by the Councils of the Northeast Region, Area IV. The boys will be coming from Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Maryland.

Jeremy Rekich, Assistant Park Manager, says there will be limited public access to the south shore, including Bear Run Launch, from September 24-26. All parking for the event will be directed to the Butler Fairgrounds on Route 422. Rekich says they've been preparing for the past 18 months to host the boys. He says 6 extra park rangers will provide security.

There will be about 100 activities for the boys. Bausher says the scouts will be busy doing things like, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, archery, paint ball, games, and more. Saturday night Campaganza's arena show will feature entertainment by a couple national acts, Smash Mouth and Tyler Bryant Band. The show is open to the public. Tickets are available through TicketMaster. There's more information at

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