We do participate in our District Camporee largely because it's the same weekend as the Webelos Woods. Troops host Webelos Dens so it's an important part of our recruitment program.Originally Posted by Winslow
We're also able to teach Scouting "our" way. We stress Leave No Trace and the Outdoor Code. We camp light, all year long. It really bugs me when my kids see other troops that mobilize like a military unit with their giant PVC-canopies, their buses, etc. I think that kind of camping is not what Scouting is supposed to be teaching.
However our boys for the most part HATE camporees and similar inter-troop activities. I don't know if it's just something to do with today's kids, or if they somehow foster my own attitude (I'm not vocal about my attitude at all, so it's funny that the kids would share my disdain for inter-troop programs).
Our autonomy has allowed us to concentrate on our own kids and our own patrol structure and programs. We include inter-patrol competition included in our meetings/camping, so we're able to put together a program that we KNOW will appeal to our kids, rather than throw them into whatever lame program someone else has devised.
We do promote various district activities though. For instance Merit Badge College and other advancement or community service events.
I really meant we were insular when it came to the adult leadership. We don't really participate in a leadership sense (such as attending Roundtable).