Competitions

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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.

CAMPSITE

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. 

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To score well, remember these things in your campsite!

+++Pluses+++ —Minuses —
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

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.

 +++Pluses +++ —Minuses—
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)

 

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