written by: Christine Nguyen, Scouting Volunteer
A few weeks have gone by, and it’s still all I can think about. Something about the atmosphere (wide smiles, bright colors) made this Scouting event’s vibrant personalities gleam through the rain clouds.
Scout-O-Rama is a Bay Area event open to the public and garners upwards of 5,000 young children and the young at heart every second Saturday of May. To fundraise for the event, Scouts sell approximately 15,000 family tickets each year in the form of coupon books that guarantee savings from local businesses in the area. The various arts-and-crafts booths, mini carnival-style games, and big-range outdoor activities make Scout-O-Rama unique, educational, and a relaxing way to spend a warm Saturday.
I remember the rock-climbing walls, the zip lines, the archery ranges, the rope bridges, the obstacle courses, and the bean bag tosses. I can still hear the pinewood derby cars racing down the tracks and the ticking of a wheel of fortune and trivia. Above all, I remember the laughter, the music, and the happy chatter.
Scout-O-Rama has been a past time for Scouts and families in the area. Each time I visit it’s like walking straight off the pool’s edge – it’s refreshing and embraces me like it was my first time. I manned my Girl Scout booth for the entire six hours, the only one amongst a sea of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturer crews all showcasing the best of Scouting and celebrating its vigor with neighbors and other community members.
Shoutout: I especially had fun watching small children blow gigantic, wavering bubbles larger than themselves. The colors are striking and the forms are snakelike, ever-changing. A simple activity, but universally enjoyable.
There was a particular third-grader who elegantly performed cartwheels and front flips upon our booth’s grassy backyard, called herself “the Little Engineer.” Her moniker lived up to its hype – she effortlessly built the car, modifying it until the axles were balanced, until the wheels spun just right.
Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity to visit all the booths as I usually do. But I’m not worried – there’s always next year! If you’re in the Bay Area next May, please stop by. Have any of you had your own Scouting experiences you’d like to share? Comment below!