Border Patrol Explorers Host Boy Scout Camporee
Havre, Mont.- U.S. Border Patrol Explorer Post #444 hosted the Boy Scout's Hi Line District Spring Camporee 2010 Centennial Event this weekend at the Beaver Creek Park, Boy Scout Campground south of Havre.
Havre Sector Explorer Coordinator, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent (SBPA) Scott Lewis, helped organize the event with Senior District Executive Mike Carney of the Boy Scouts. The Explorer advisors at the event, Border Patrol Agent Scott Jones, Mission Support Specialist (MSS) Meredith Belcourt and MSS Carol Staudacher assisted Explorers Jim Beamer, Mike Richards, Brian Almas, Jacob Woods and Cristina Chaney in supervising the Scouting activities. SBPA Lewis said, "The Explorers conducted themselves admirably in pulling together a great camp experience."
During the Camporee, the Explorers put on several activities for the scouts including a search and rescue game in which the scouts had to locate several "victims" scattered around Beaver Creek Park, administer first aid and return them to camp. After the exercise the Hill County Search and Rescue team gave a demonstration of their rescue equipment and techniques. The Havre Border Patrol Station brought out the SRT Hummer and a canine team to show the young men the vehicles and equipment used in a real search and rescue.
The Explorers supervised and scored learning activities such as making fires to boil water, making tent pegs and building shelters. They also taught classes such as flag history and etiquette, and scouting history.
The Spring Camporee was attended by seven Boy Scout Troops, a Venturing Crew and two Cub Scout Packs from across north central Montana. At the closing camp fire, first, second and third place awards were presented to Troop 590 (Valier), Troop 445 (Chinook), and Troop 861 (Glasgow), respectively.
Exploring falls under Learning for Life, a division of the Boy Scouts of America. Exploring is an integral part of the Border Patrol's National Strategy, and with more than 700 Explorers, CBP has one of the largest law enforcement Explorer programs in the federal government. The Border Patrol's community involvement includes education and youth activities that help improve the quality of life in border communities.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.