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Focus of Scouts' Fall Camporee is disability awareness

February 23, 2006

The Mason Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America, held a Fall Camporee at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Nov. 4-6, 2005.

The theme was Disabilities Awareness. The Boy Scouts participated in one-arm volleyball games, one-arm archery shooting, completing an obstacle course on crutches and using walkers, pitching a tent blindfolded with a sighted guide and wheelchair bowling.

Several guest speakers spoke to the Scouts regarding the challenges of the disabled, and the need for education and for professional and private etiquette for the disabled. Speakers were Linn Hendershot; Doug Smith, Troop 265; Gene Zumetz, Troop 64; and Linda Zittle, Troop 136.

On Sunday morning, a youth-led church service was conducted, followed by the closing awards ceremony.

Troop 136 of Halfway hosted the camporee with the assistance of Jay Nase, Mark Ellis of Equipped for Life, Mark Bair, Earl Selby, Linda Zittle, Terry Zittle, Don Gear and Angela Holsinger.

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The Mason Dixon Council serves the youth of Washington County, Md., and Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania.

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