HISTORY OF THE BROTHERHOOD CAMPOREE

What Started it All

The present Brotherhood Camporee dates its origin back to the fall of 1974.  However there are two other camps that predate the Brotherhood and could be considered the grandparent and the parent of the Brotherhood.

Our first meeting was not a camp however but an international field day organized at the thousand islands bridge where the Canadian and American Flags were raised by scouts. There were 800 present from Jefferson – Lewis Council and Canada.

The grandparent took place in the fall of 1956. Called the “1956 Can-Am-Oree” it was held at Wellesley Island State Park in New York.  Dick Kalk, council commissioner of the Jefferson-Lewis Council from Watertown, New York and Ray Fuller, from the Kingston Scout Group decided to get together for a “flag swap”.   Attendance was approximately 1200. This was very good considering that information was only by word of mouth.  A neckerchief with attached patch with “T.I.B.A.” on it…signifying the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority was issued ) There was no continuation of the camporee and the idea was set-aside until 1969.

The parent of the modern day Brotherhood took place in the fall of 1970.  Dick Kalk and Bill Cornelius led a second effort that led to the Northern Lights Fall Camporee held in Newton Falls, New York.  This time the St. Lawrence County Council joined in. There was a patch and neckerchief set issued for this event.  The camporee was a success but again there was no follow-up camporee the following year.  The idea of a Brotherhood camporee was not dropped but simply lay dormant for another four years.

In February of 1974 a group of men arranged a meeting to be held at the 1000 Island Bridge Authority to sponsor a fall camporee.

In attendance were the following persons.

Dick Kalk                    Commissioner of the Jefferson-Lewis Council

Bill Cornelius                Third Kingston Scout Group

Chuck Elliot                  Director of the 1000 Island Parks Commission

Kenny Rogers              Jefferson County Treasurer

Gary Williams               Troop 47 of Antwerp, New York

Larry Cummings           Mohawk District Commissioner of the Jefferson-Lewis Council

Mike Hinman                District Executive, Mohawk District, Jefferson-Lewis Council

Vince Dee                    Head of the 1000 Island Bridge Authority

Mike Quincer               Deputy Director of the 1000 Island Parks Commission

Ray Fuller                     Sixth Kingston Group

It was this meeting that gave birth to the Brotherhood Camporee.  There would be an exchange of flags and “Honor” troops would be selected to take home the flags until the following year.  A decision was made that any profit from registration fees would be given to the World Friendship Fund of Scouting.  These funds would be sent to the International Scout Headquarters in Switzerland to promote scouting in underdeveloped countries. They would be used to buy books, uniforms, and to translate scouting into native languages.

Canadian Donations

For many years, The Brotherhood Camp Committees have provided Brotherhood fund grants for Scout Associations in developing countries so that their youth can help conduct, learn from and derive the benefit of Community Development Projects.

Through Community Development (CD) Projects, Scouts help to improve the quality of life for themselves and their community at large. Projects usually focus on food production, health & sanitation, clean water, literacy or the environment.

A portion of the profits of our World Brotherhood Camporee goes to help support our Canadian Scout Brotherhood Fund ( No connection to the Camporee). It is this fund, coupled with the financial support of many other scout groups from across Canada, which finances our funding of CD projects run by Scout associations in many of the world’s developing countries.

Scouting, is currently active in over two hundred countries and colonies, has 25 million members worldwide. Two thirds of our world membership is in developing countries, with fifty percent of our membership in the Asia-Pacific Region (there are six regions: Africa, the Arab region, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Europe, Interamerica)

Camp Committees

While everybody sees and knows who the Camp Chiefs are. It’s the Camp Committee members who are the movers and shakers of the camp. With out these dedicated volunteers the Brotherhood wouldn’t exist. One camp is barely weeks old when the next one is already in the process of being planned.

These people are responsible for anything and everything to do with the organization and operation of the camp. The planning starts out with committee assignments. Everything from registration, program, activities, first aid and security, Emergency evacuation plans, the trading post, publicity, clergy, and especially, the staff kitchen where meals for the camp staff and program presenters is prepared, is addressed.