There are two major competitions that take place at Woodsmoke Rendezvous each year. Each troop in attendance is responsible for bringing two prizes to the Scribe upon arrival at Woodsmoke, and these prizes are distributed to the winners of the “Best Campsite” and “Best Clothing” competitions.
During the weekend, Scoutmasters and Senior Patrol Leaders judge the campsites and clothing of the other units at Woodsmoke in terms of how true they are in spirit to the Rendezvous period in American history. Score sheets are submitted to the Scribe after the Saturday evening campfire, and prizes are awarded after the Sunday morning flag raising and worship service. The information provided below is intended to help units understand the “game” so they can know how to compete.
Much of the fun at Woodsmoke comes from leaving the 21st century behind and seeing what you can do without the support of modern technology.
To score well, remember these things in your campsite!
|Candle lanterns (but keep them out of tents!)||Flashlights/gas or propane lanterns|
|Wood and charcoal cooking fires||Gas or propane stoves|
|Axes/Crosscut saws||Chain Saws|
|Lean‑to shelters, tipis, baker tents||Nylon tents|
|Handmade gadgets & tables||Modern equipment|
|Dutch ovens and other cast iron cookery||Aluminum pots & pans|
|Musical instruments||Radios, cell phones, electronic devices|
|Bed rolls or sleeping bags (covered during the day)||Uncovered sleeping bags|
Note: We want everyone to sleep warm. Bring plenty of blankets or cover your sleeping bag with a wool blanket during the day.
Clothing at Woodsmoke doesn’t need to be fancy ‑ frontier and Indian clothing looked good worn any way, and nobody worried about whether or not the participants got dirty.
To make things easier, see the list below of pluses and minuses in Rendezvous clothing. Judging goes right up to the time prizes are awarded, so period clothing must be worn the entire weekend, through noon on Sunday.
|Leather boots, belts, or moccasins||Tennis shoes|
|Wool socks||Short pants, blue jeans|
|Wool or corduroy pants||Athletic hats or uniforms|
|Long pants||Plastic belts|
|Suspenders||Tee shirts, athletic team shirts|
|Long coat over other clothing
Long sleeve shirts (cotton, flannel, wool – no synthetics)
|Windbreakers (zippered jackets worn on outside)