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Rain fails to dampen spirit at Sequoyah Council Scout Expo

CLIFFORD JEFFERY • May 7, 2007 at 11:18 AM

GRAY - Despite rainy weather, a record number of Boy Scouts attended the annual Sequoyah Council Scout Expo at the Appalachian Fairgrounds on Saturday.

"One of the best attended Scout Expos in years from my point of view," said Chris Holt, scout executive for the Sequoyah Council. "It was a great weekend, despite the weather. The level of activity was exciting and reflective of the scouting program we have in the Sequoyah Council."

Scouts set up booths and showed off their scouting skills, said Warriors Path District Executive Jeff Bays. More than 300 people camped at the fairgrounds over the weekend, and more than 180 scouts were called out to become members of the Order of the Arrow.

"The rain actually helped us. Everything else got canceled so people came out to see scouting in action. With the Boy Scouts it doesn't slow us down, the show goes on," said Ronald Cameron, program director for the Sequoyah Council.

An organizer of the first Scout Expo, Cameron said he was " very pleased with this year's Scout Expo. It was a great display of scouting skills and of scouts putting their skills to work."

Scouting exhibits on display at the expo included fire building, recycling, knot tying, cooking techniques, rope bridge building, archery and orienteering.

There was a lot of interesting things to do this year, said Expo Chairman Tony McMillan.

"It was a great family-type atmosphere," he said.

Scouts sold more than 160,000 tickets with coupons for area businesses on them. The proceeds from the tickets went back to individual units and scouts.

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