My Pathfinder Club returned from the Under Oath Camporee a week ago.
When the Camporee quickly deteriorates from a brilliantly sunny opening parade to torrential rain that turned the camping area into a mud-pit, it takes a special willingness from the members of the club to endure and persevere.
Willingness to eat breakfast while standing in a 30 ml river flowing through our cooking tent.
Willingness to slosh through 60 ml of mud every step you take outside your tent.
Willingness to carefully sit at the entrance to your tent, remove a mud-encrusted boot, carefully wash the leg from the knee to the foot, then dry it, and carefully retract it inside the tent; then repeat the performance for the other leg. And be willing to do this every time you re-enter the tent. (This procedure becomes particularly painful when you’re forced into a midnight excursion to the portable toilets.)
The good news is that my Pathfinders proved that they indeed have the mettle to endure and persevere in difficult conditions. We belonged to the minority of clubs who managed to feed, clothe and sleep their Pathfinders on the hill.
The Under Oath Blog does a good job of documenting Camporee conditions.