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2006 Arrohattoc Camporee

District Camporee

The October council ‘Camporee’ is on Lake Chesdin at Camp Finley Albright and will take place on October 27, 28 and 29.

The theme this year is the “Spirit of the Arrohattoc”. Refer to the section below for more infomation.

  • The cost is $10 and T-shirts (optional) range from $9 to $14 depending on size. Please bring your checkbook to Family night on Wednesday evening along with a permission slip (attached) for the event and money for the T-shirt (optional).
  • The boys will have to pack a sack lunch for Friday and for Saturday afternoon. They will be patrol cooking Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast.
  • More information to follow, including planned troop meeting time to build warrior shields.
  • The leaders guide includes ideas for constructing warrior shields on pages 8 and 9.

This is also an opportunity to complete a large section of the Indian Lore” merit badge. I would like a volunteer to look into this and step up to take this on. Information can be found at:

Permission Slip

The permission slip is due by the October 18th troop meeting.

Spirit of the Arrohattoc Camporee

In 1607, Gabriel Archer, co-Captain of the “Godspeed” was guided up the James River by Arrohattoc tribe members, who were one of the six tribal groups that formed a powerful confederacy of 13,000 people under Chief Powhatan. On the third day, they came to a place opposite the mouth of Falling Creek on the James River, which today is Henrico county.

Captain Archer wrote that his “party was greeted in a friendly manner, fed and entertained by their hosts. The people were thrifty, friendly, hard working and politically sophisticated. The tribe had semi-permanent villages and cultivated maize, beans, squash and other vegetables and hunted for local game and fish.”

When the English explorers met the Arrohattoc in 1607 they were a community of about 250 people and had about 30 warriors. As more English people moved to the area, relations became strained and the peaceful coexistence came to an end in 1622. By 1669, about 62 years after they first met the English, the Arrohattoc ceased to exist as a tribe – victims of European diseases and conflict.

On October 27, 28 and 29, District 28 will hold a Camporee celebrating the extinct tribe that once fed and entertained the English explorers. Our new district takes the name of this long lost tribe – Arrohattoc – and will honor the spirit and the heritage of the contributions of these people to the people of the new world. The proud name of Arrohattoc will once again become legendary in Chesterfield county.

Tribes and hunting parties are asked to build their own warrior shields depicting their “vision” of their spiritual quest to build the NEW legends of the Arrohattoc. Ancient symbols of power, courage, swiftness and conquest could adorn the shields.

In the spirit of Indian Lore and Legend, the Camporee will be a pow-wow of various “tribes” (Troops) comprised of “hunting parties” (patrols) who will compete with each other in tribal arts: tomahawk throwing, shooting (BB’s), sling-shot, archery, crafts, cooking, warrior shields, dancing, tracking (and orienteering).

There will be teepees set up as living quarters of the council guides that will be teaching the scouts. Scouts will be allowed to visit the teepees but are warned to observe local custom – they must seek the permission of the ones who dwell in them before entering. Other customs will apply and WOE to the scout who is not courteous!!
Aj Mezynski,
Mar 1, 2009, 3:46 PM
Aj Mezynski,
Mar 1, 2009, 3:45 PM