Competitive events are some of the most exciting events at Camp-O-Ree. It is our desire to provide competitions that are both exciting and unique, while encouraging a spirit of teamwork and confidence.
Competitive events fall into three categories: individual, team, and chapter. Individual and team events focus on skills useful in leadership and personal development; chapter events recognize overall achievement and performance in chapter organization and growth.
We invite you to check your Event Schedule or Camp-O-Ree Handbook for times and locations of each of the following events.
Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey one that’s filled with mystery, intrigue and action? Well hang on to your hats explorers; because there’s a big mission ahead. All that is needed are some adventurous volunteers willing to accept the challenge of "Mission Quest"!
Mission Quest is an action adventure scavenger hunt where players decipher clues and participate in special awards challenges that will allow them to collect points, which will be used to help find the missing treasure. A special award will be given to the winning team who succeeds!
About Mission Quest
- Participation is optional, but will earn your church 20 Honor Chapter points!
- Special Challenges will be set up throughout the camp for the purpose in gaining bonus points. Bonus points give a team special advantage over other teams at the final challenge
- Special Leader Challenges are included as well.
- A nice reward will be presented to the winning team!
- Mission Quest is NOT a timed event! We encourage participation while attending your regular Camp-O-Ree activities. Work it into your regular schedule. Clues will be scattered throughout the camp, so while your team is in an area “you’ve marked on your map”, take time to find the clue.
You can pick up your Mission Quest kit at registration packet when you check in. Just see our Mission Quest Volunteer at the Registration Office!
Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the Fittest is probably one of the more popular outdoor team competitions at RA Camp-O-Ree. It is comprised of several obstacles and challenges that will test any team of any age.
The winning strategy isn’t physical strength; it’s teamwork. As long as the competing team can learn to work together, they have a good chance to win. Without it, they won’t go far.
Survival of the Fittest is a timed 5-man team event. The course is broken down into two courses.
Survival uses a "Fast Pass" system. This means teams can reserve a time slot for running the event, which will allow them to participte in other activities and return later. Teams reserving time-slots must check in no later than 5 minutes before their scheduled time. If your group is late, they will forfeit that time slot to the next group standing in line. Before you can run the event, YOU MUST ARRIVE WITH YOUR FULL TEAM!
RA Racers have always been a staple of the Royal Ambassador program. Well at Camp-O-Ree, we carry on that tradition. In fact, our racer competition is not just for the boys. It's for everyone!
We have Racer Competitions for RA age boys, Challenger age boys and yes, even the adults. Don't have a car? You can order RA Racer kits from "Royal Racers at http://www.royalracers.com"
Be sure to check out the details of the Racer Competition on your Camp-O-Ree Event Schedule or Camp-O-Ree Handbook.
Archery is the great equalizer! Gender, size, background or ability doesn't matter; anyone can do archery. At RA Camp-O-Ree archery is an event that is enjoyable for all ages.
We have archery equipment suitable for everyone. All participants will use traditional recurve or “long bows” to shoot with. No personal bows will be allowed. Only equipment supplied by Camp-O-Ree Event worker will be permitted. The event worker will determine which equipment is most suitable, based on age and size of the shooter.
Shooters will be able to shoot 5 practice shots and 5 scoring shots.
Target Shootings, whether with a bow or rifle is an exciting way to test your skill.
At RA Camp-O-Ree, we give you both. The Air-Rifle range is an event that you should put on your list of things to do. Rifles are age-appropriate and easy to use. Range will be orgainized by experinced officials and will provide assistance for everyone.
Shooters will be able to shoot 5 practice shots and 5 scoring shots
The Compass Competition uses basic orientation techniques taught in the "Map and Compass" section of the new Campcraft Manual.
Boys in grades 1 - 6 will be required to complete a basic circle course. Study pages 150 - 155
Boys in grades 7 - 12 will be required to complete a more advanced course using all of the prescribed basic skills in conjunction with knowledge in counting steps or pacing. Study pages 150 - 156.
ONLY THE INDIVIDUAL PARTICPATING IN THE CHALLENGE WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE COURSE DURING CHALLENGE. NO ASSISTANCE BY OUTSIDE INDIVIDUALS OR SHARING OF ANSWERS WILL BE PERMITTED.
If you are unsure how to use a compass, we will have a separate area for Compass Training.
The Knots Competition is a "Timed Event" and uses several basic knots taught in the Campcraft Manual.
Knots selected for this event are based on the Campcraft advancement program as it applies to participant's age level. It is highly recommended that you take time to review these knots with your boys prior to RA Camp-O-Ree.
Knots selected for this event are based on the Campcraft advancement program as it applies to participant's age level.
It is highly recommended that you take time to review these knots with your boys prior to RA Camp-O-Ree.
Boys in grades 1 - 3 will be required to complete the following 2 knots:
Boys in grades 4 - 6 will be required to complete the following 3 knots:
Boys in grades 7 - 12 will be required to complete the following 3 knots:
Log Saw Competition
The Log Saw Competition This is a timed event where participants are required to simply cut a log in half using a bow saw.
Though simple by design, it's actually quite fun to just watch.
The Log Saw is part of the Campcraft Competition
Bible Drill Competition
Deuteronomy 11:18 (KJV) Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
God's word is clear about learning scripture. With RAs and Challengers, knowing God's word is the fabric of our mission. Without it, we would be nothing more than another boy's club and certain "un-named" organizations which seem to be replacing RAs at an alarming rate can truly say that we do not place an emphasis on scripture.
Therefore at RA Camp-O-Ree, we feel very strongly about incorporating Bible Drill as one of our Challenges and we hope you will too.
Bible Drill challenges will be categorized by age. For the complete list of Bible verses and Drill Instructions, Click Here
Speak Out Competition
Got a gabby kid? Well, enter him into the Speak-Out competition.
Speak-Out is a fun way to give these young future preachers a chance to shine. For years, Camp-O-Ree has had the privilege of hearing some really great writings and testimonies from boys who accepted the challenge of “Speak-Out”. The words of these young men can really touch the heart, especially when you hear about God, from a young person's perspective. All Speakers will be judged on content, composition, and delivery.
Boys in grades 1 - 3:
- This group May conduct a "Show and Tell" activity or a speech.
- It is understandable that a Lad may need help in composing presentation.
- Each Lad's presentation should last 2 - 3 minutes.
Boys in grades 4 - 6:
- This group is expected to memorize their speech.
- It is permissible for them to use note cards.
- These speeches should last 4-5- minutes.
- All Speakers will be judged on content, composition, and delivery.
All speeches must be on subject with Missions, RAs, Bible Telling or some other related topic dealing with spiritual growth.
Chose a topic that you know about. This can come from personal experiences or from something you have read or heard about. The following is a suggested outline.
Bible Telling, from the RA Curriculum acceptable too...
What is RA Bible Telling? Is a set of 36 Bible stories, covering God’s mission from Abraham to Paul, has been written specifically for Royal Ambassadors. Each story also includes a set of hand motions to help RAs remember the story. Think of them as memory aid. You and your RAs will find that it is much easier to learn the stories using the motions. Each story takes about four minutes to tell.
Why Bible Telling? It's a powerful new tool for developing Ambassadors for Christ. Bible Telling combines biblical truth with the excitement of storytelling. It's not simply memorizing and reciting. It’s incorporating God’s Story into your story.
Log Pull Competition
The Log Pull Competition is a 3-man team timed event which requires tying a "Timber Hitch" knot around one end of a log and then entire team pulling (dragging) the log around a predefined course. Clock stops when they cross the finish line.
It's pretty wild, but lots of fun!
You can find out how to tie the Timber in the Campcraft Manual or you can click this link to go directly to the Knot Tying Page of that manual.
Fire Building Competition
For thousands of years, mans ability to create fire has become almost like a "Right-of-Passage". Well, at Camp-O-Ree, we want to do our part to contribute to the male ego.
One of the more popular team Campcraft competitions is the fire building contest. This is a 3-man timed event.
Using a limited number of matches, boys will be required to build a campfire hot enough to boil a special soap and water mixture using materials provided (ONLY) by the event worker.
Camp Chef Competition
Howdy partner, Welcome to the RA Camp-O-Ree Camp-Chef cooking competition. We are excited, but mostly hungry; to see what kind of vittles you‘re capable of whipping up for us at the judges tent.
This event is for our adults only, so keep yur youngin’s out of the cook tent. Sides, we wanted to provide a competition just for us older coots.
Starting this year... there will be two types of catagories to compete in. But, you can only choose one...
- Dutch Oven Cooking (The Big Prize Winner)
- General Outdoor Cooking (which consists of anything else cooked up outdoors)
Because Cooking grub in a Dutch Oven is a bit more specialized... the bigger prizes will be reserved for those entering this competition. That's not to say the General Outdoor Cooking competition won't have some right fancy do-dads...
Judging takes place on Saturday night at 7:00 pm inside the Registration Office.
Winning based on uniqueness, complexity, freshness (canned vs. fresh ingredients) and taste.
Got a few rules to follow, plus an entry form that has to be filled out and turned in no later than noon on Saturday. Click here for the entry form or you can pick one up at the registration office.
Here's the rules:
- Select which competition you want to compete in (Dutch Oven or General Outdoor Cooking)
- Fill out yur form, tellin' us what you plan to cook. Your presentation must match the category you have chosen.
- For safety reasons, no ingredients prepared or processed at home are allowed! All cooking MUST be done in camp and not at home. This includes sauces, gravies, marinades, etc.
- Everything cooked MUST be presented to the judges with the exception of excess gravies and sauces, and/or cooked garnishes not specified in the recipe.
- Canned or frozen ingredients can be used, but it will count against you. Bonus points will be considered for those who use fresh ingredients.
- A judge will drop by your camp for cooking inspection.
- Dishes must be presented to the judges' tent (Sat. 7:00 pm) on time! NO EXCEPTIONS.
- All foods submitted for judging should be displayed in the pot, lid or whatever it was cooked in.
We know how hard it is to set up camp and we also know how many groups take a lot of pride in their pioneering savvy. Well, at RA Camp-O-Ree, we want to give credit where credit is due.
The Campsite Inspection Competition is a great way to inspire us to hone our camping skills. I guess it's kind of like cleaning the house for the first time in a month for special guest. Well not exactly, but you get the idea.
Campsite Inspection is a way for you to teach boys how to properly take care of equipment and demonstrate good safety practices; not to mention it also is a great way to earn points towards Honor Chapter.
For Sample Inspection Form Officials will use, Click Here