Fire Mountain Scout Camp was besieged on September 22 by adult leaders from all across the Mount Baker Council who participated in the first-ever “Storm the Fort!” Scouting skills competition. Organized by Skagit District as a new community-wide event, Storm the Fort challenged patrols of participants 18 years of age and older to test their mettle and ingenuity through six fun competitive activities.
These included demonstrating marksmanship skills in archery and slingshots;
canoe racing across Lake Challenge; following a complicated wilderness navigation course;
hitting a floating target while speeding down Fire Mountain’s famous zip line; and bombarding Fort Boeing with potatoes launched from trebuchet devices (and yes, patrols successfully fired potatoes over Fort Boeing’s walls and defenses).
The level of competition and sportsmanship was superb, and we’ve heard rave reviews from participants!
Congratulations to our event and station champions! Taking first place and the Storm the Fort trophy was the War Eagles Patrol,
which also won the archery and slingshot competitions.
The Hopping Frogs Patrol took second place, winning the zip line, orienteering, and trebuchet competitions.
The Bucket Brigade of Troop 4056 in Skagit District took third place and were champions of the canoe race.
Winners of each station received prizes generously donated by Skagit County businesses.
Following the awards ceremony, competitors were treated to a BBQ chicken lunch prepared by Sedro-Woolley High School’s Culinary Arts Program, with chicken donated by [Purdue/Draper Valley Farms] and potatoes donated by Norm Nelson Potatoes.
Skagit District would like to thank the generous sponsors for this event:
Draper Valley Farms
Norm Nelson Potatoes
Sedro-Woolley High School Culinary Arts Program
Nell Thorn Restaurant
Skagit Valley College
La Conner Seafood and Prime Rib House
Thank you also to our many volunteers, the Mount Baker COPE and Climbing zip line crew, and the Mount Baker Council for their supporting in making this new program a success!
For everyone who missed out on this year’s event, Storm the Fort will be returning even bigger and better in 2019! For more information or to participate in the planning for this event, please contact Sean Connell, Skagit District Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org and Kurt Nelson, Skagit District Executive, at email@example.com.