The 58th Annual Scoutmasters Camporee will be held on February 17-19, 2017
Theme for 2017: Scouting the New Frontier: The Moon, Mars and Beyond
Chief: Fernando Gutierrez
2016 Camporee photographs have been posted on our Facebook page. Click the Facebook icon to the left of this text. Look for the 2016 album.
See the Camporee Announcements page for the latest details and new events.
2016 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
Monday, May 30, 2016
Honor Our Veterans
The Town of Davie and the Scoutmasters Camporee Committee
South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America
Cordially invite you to attend the 2016 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
The Town of Davie and the Scoutmasters Camporee Committee invite you to attend the annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony to be held on Monday, May 30, 2016. The Parade begins at 10 a.m. and will proceed east on Orange Drive beginning at the Davie Fire Administration (6901 Orange Drive) and ends at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds (4271 Davie Road, Davie, FL, 33314). Please be sure to park in marked spaces or park at the Rodeo Grounds and walk back to the starting location. Bring your family, friends and celebrate Memorial Day with the Boy Scouts. View the flier.
Following the parade, a Memorial Service will take place at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. This is an excellent opportunity to show your support for our soldiers and recognize the sacrifice they have made and are making to ensure our freedom. The Service will last an hour and is guaranteed to make an impression on your entire family. Flags will be available prior to the service for $1.00. During the service, flags (purchased or you may bring your own) can be placed on veteran's grave markers.
Register by downloading the Memorial Day packet and return the form on page 4 to the Camporee Chief or submit the web form. Flags and Memorial Day patches ($4) can be reserved and pay cash at the Parade. This year we are commemorating the 50th anniversary of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. Any reserved patches not picked up prior to the start of the Parade will be made available for sale. If you have any questions, or need additional information, please feel free to contact Fernando Gutierrez, 2017 Scoutmasters Camporee Chief and 2016 Memorial Day Chairman by email by going to our contact page and select "Chief" for the category, phone: 954-261-9871 or contact Jeff Pohlman, Operations and Professional Management, at the Town of Davie at 954-797-1163.
In addition to the Memorial Day patch, 2016 Camporee patches, hats and t-shirts will be available for sale at the Rodeo Arena.
The 2008 Defense Authorization Act empowers the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program on behalf of the nation that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and to support and facilitate federal, state and local government commemorative programs and activities. By presidential proclamation in May of 2012, the commemorative period takes place from Memorial Day 2012 through Veterans Day 2025. The Scoutmasters Camporee Committee has applied and been accepted as a Commemorative Partner. Commemorative Partners need to conduct two activities a year for three years.
A lapel pin has been produced to honor and thank veterans who served on active duty during the Vietnam War. Veterans who served between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of where they served, are eligible to receive one pin. We will be awarding these pins at the Memorial Day Ceremony.
A fact sheet has all of the details and the symbolism of the pin: http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/Vietnam_Veteran_Lapel_Pin_Fact_Sheet.pdf.
Memorial Day Schedule
Monday, May 30, 2016
9 a.m. - Memorial Day Parade Assembly at Davie Fire Adminstration (6901 Orange Drive). Scouting units and community organizations are encouraged to participate.
10 a.m. - Memorial Day Parade Step-Off. Please be assembled and ready.
10:30 a.m. - Memorial Day Service held in the Davie Bergeron Rodeo Arena (4271 Davie Road, Davie, FL, 33314).
FLAGS will be available prior to parade step-off and ceremony for $1.00 each. During the service, flags (purchased or brought) can be placed on veteran's graves markers. The Memorial Day Weekend activities are an official South Florida Council Scouting activity. The Town of Davie donates significant manpower and resources to assure a successful event. You are encouraged to participate in this worthwhile event. This weekend is designed to give your units an opportunity to have fun and participate in the true meaning of this National Holiday. We will look forward to seeing all of you at this event.
The order that created Memorial Day
HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868
The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.
If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from his honor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.
It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.
By order of:
JOHN A. LOGAN, Commander-in-Chief
N.P. CHIPMAN, Adjutant General
Official: WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.
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