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Ezekiel Cook, of Troop 51, Broadalbin, tries walking on stilts.

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Cameron Alkinburgh, of Troop 81, Canajoharie, plays with an old fashioned top.

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Jacob Siarkowski, of Troop 51, Broadalbin, hits a wooden ball as Michael Machold, of Troop 48, Amsterdam, looks on.

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Brothers Taylor and Samuel Cruger, of Troop 61, Fort Plain, play a Marco-Polo-style game using bells and blindfolds.


Boy Scout Camporee brings scouts and reenactors together

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - Updated: 9:52 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- From Friday through Sunday, Boy and Cub Scouts from troops across three counties gathered at the Fort Plain Museum for a three-day, newly reinstated event -- The Boy Scout Camporee, which saw the scouts camping on the hilltop overlooking the museum, preparing meals over open fires and participating in historical demonstrations led by reenactors.

The demonstrations ranged from musket and cannon firing to 18th century games, a large supply of which were available. Two presentations scheduled for the first evening were moved into the museum after the valley was pummeled with non-stop rain, also diminishing the amount of attendees that camped out Friday evening.

About 50 of the 110 registered scouts arrived and camped Friday with the rest coming on Saturday, spending the entire sunny day devoted to learning.

Fort Plain Museum President Norm Bollen said, "Kids love to hear the cannons go off and see muskets, so they're all having a great time with that. They're learning something and having a fun time doing it."

On Saturday, about 40 Cub Scouts also attended during the day.

About 25 reenactors were involved in this event, which Bollen said was meant to marry a reenactor event with a camporee, which used to be held years ago on the hilltop. Of the camporee, Bollen said, "We came up with the idea of marrying it to a reenactor event so that the reenactors and museum could teach these kids about the history of the Mohawk Valley during the Colonial time period, especially the American revolution."

Bollen said that there was a lot of talk between kids and scout leaders about holding the event again next year, with plans of turning it into a successful annual event again, which will hopefully introduce a new generation to the history of the local area. Getting the kids interested now, said Bollen, is integral in keeping sites such as the Fort Plain Museum alive.

"It's a problem for groups like this, like these reenactors, and a problem for history museums, that people don't get out and visit these sites. And they should. They don't realize how much real history happened here that's important to the founding of the country."

As of this past weekend, the Fort Plain Museum is officially opened. Normally, they don't open until Memorial Day weekend, but they took the opportunity to celebrate an early opening in tandem with the scouting event.

This year, the Fort Plain Museum plans to be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., though Bollen said a new staff member must be hired before implementing the new hours. These hours could potentially start in June, though Bollen said the museum will definitely be open seven days a week through July and August.

Joshua Thomas - Garrett McHeard and Michael Machold, both of Troop 48, Amsterdam, play "Cat and Mouse" a tug-of-war-style game wherein opponents try to pull one another off of logs using a rope.

Joshua Thomas - Thomas Knack, of Troop 48, Amsterdam, plays "Bomb the Castle" with Shari Crawford, 18th Century toys and games director.


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