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Boy Scouts Hold Spring Camporee in Upshur County

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Boy Scouts from all over North Central West Virginia were in Upshur County for a Spring Camporee.

For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. On Saturday, scouts gathered at Camp Mahonegon in Upshur County for its annual Spring Camporee.

"We hope the purpose of Boy Scouting is to teach kids how to do for themselves. You don't want as an adult leader you don't want to do for the child, you want them to do for themselves, so we're teaching kids how to be leaders for tomorrow," said Brian Yost, Troop 14 in Clarksburg.

Eight different troops from North Central West Virginia simulated what life was like 200 years ago.

Scouts studied techniques in hatchet throwing, wilderness survival, knot tieing, and frontiersman and pioneering skills.

Scout leaders said they hope what has been taught will be used in real life.

"Learning with other scouts, there's the skills that will help with them tomorrow. Hopefully they'll have fun doing what they're doing, and we're trying to do it in a fun way. Just a lot of useful skills that they'll just come away with," Yost said.

Scouts said making friendships and the skills learned by attending camp are what's important.

"You get to learn a lot of useful skills in life, things like surviving in the woods to leadership. The skills you learn in scouts give you a whole bunch of options," said Christian Palmer, Troop 14.

"I've learned a lot about leadership and talking to other people. I use to be incredible shy, and wouldn't talk to anyone, but Boy Scouts has definitely helped out on that," said Nathan Karnes, Troop 100 in Buckhannon.

Some of the troops will be visiting this year's Boy Scout Jamboree near Beckley in July.