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Scouts enjoy Mario Brothers Camporee in Hudson

HUDSON – Have you seen Donkey Kong running around the area?

Scouts from local towns were battling Donkey Kong at the recent Mario Brothers Camporee. More than 200 Scouts “Jumped for Bricks,” shot Goombas and outsmarted Donkey Kong as they camped out in Hudson. ...

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HUDSON – Have you seen Donkey Kong running around the area?

Scouts from local towns were battling Donkey Kong at the recent Mario Brothers Camporee. More than 200 Scouts “Jumped for Bricks,” shot Goombas and outsmarted Donkey Kong as they camped out in Hudson.

Scouts were camping at the Arrowhead District Spring Camporee. The theme was “Mario Brothers,” with several activities taken from the game and made into full-size reality events.

The boys built their own Mario Karts and raced them against each other, avoiding banana peels and hitting gold coins. They had to jump on a trampoline and break bricks for points, just like Mario does.

Back in the woods at Alvirne High School, at Bullet Bill’s Paintball, the boys shot paintballs at Goombas and Thwomps, two of Mario’s enemies.

At the Scout campouts, there are always events that test the Scouts’ skills. They had to lash together poles to get a key to rescue Princess Peach. There were pipes the boys used as compasses to navigate, just like Mario does as he plumbs through his worlds. Finally, they had to perform first aid on one of their Scouts who was attacked by Bowser at the Dr. Mario station.

After besting all of these challenges, the boys had to avoid barrels being thrown at them by Donkey Kong while they raced up a hill.

At the campfire that night, awards were presented to those who did their best, helped others and had fun. The Order of the Arrow “called out” Scouts who were voted as best exemplifying the Scout Oath and Law to join the order.

The “OA” is a service organization the helps keep the camps in great shape, because Eagle projects are not allowed to benefit Scout camps.

For more information about joining Scouts and having actual, reality-based adventures, visit www.BeAScout.org or call Jack Gaylord at 289-0378.