Open Events, for the most part, are non-competitive events that you and your boys can participate in as long as the event remains open. These events are designed to give kids something to do in their spare time (if they have any) and for those who just want to have fun outdoors at their own pace. Some events are limited by age, but most can be attened by all.
Be sure to check the "Honor Chapter" list on this page to see if any of these events go towards Honor Chapter Points.
We invite you to check your Event Schedule or Camp-O-Ree Handbook for times and locations of each of the following events.
Fishing on the Buffalo River can be an exciting way to spend your time. The Buffalo River is known for its smallmouth bass, cousin of the well-known largemouth bass.
Smallmouth bass, also known as “brown bass”, rule in the Tennessee Rivers and rate to be the most popular fresh water game fish in Tennessee. Smallmouths average about 1 - 1.5 pounds in size but can run as high as 4 pounds! Smallmouths are known to pack a wallop when they hit so hang on. They’re great for fishing year round.
Smallmouth "hole-up" in a variety of covers, depending on the area they live in and the temperature of the water.
Smallmouth prefer rock strewn, gravelly, hard bottoms. You generally won't find smallmouths in areas with soft sandy or muddy bottoms. River smallmouths will hangout in shallow rocky pools and ledges during the cooler spring weather. You will also find them on grass beds near weedy patches growing on small islands and along the banks, especially as the growth attracts forage. As the water heats up, they will tend to move to the deeper pools in the rivers main channel, or to the faster moving parts of the riffles that offer cooler water.
Trolling a tempting artificial lure across the smallmouths underwater lair could surprise you with exciting results. Small spinner baits, crank-baits seem to work good on smallmouth. Stay away from the bright colors, because in clear water, they have a tendency to frighten them. For live bait, use worms and night crawlers.
Check with the camp store to stock up on many of your basic fishing supplies. We recommend that you bring what you can from home. To find out more about smallmouth, go to http://www.smallmouths.com
All fishermen over 16 years of age must abide by Tennessee State Fishing laws. So, if you're over 16 you will need to get your license before coming to Camp-O-Ree. WE DO NOT SELL THEM!
All fishermen must abide by our safety regulations and river will be monitored by security officials for your protection.
What's that noise?! Is that a real bear??!!! These are some of the questions you will hear coming from Camp-O-Ree's "Gawonii Trail", which is Cherokee for "He's Speaking".
Camp Linden is full of Indian heritage as well as many of the surrounding areas of Perry County. Despite the fact that the "Vanishing Americans" lived in this section a number of years ago, it is evident that their signs remain. Located 12 miles north of Linden, Tennessee, three fourth miles from the Tennessee River, near Lady's Bluff there are a number of Indian Mounds with a 500 feet elevation, following an old Indian trail. One of these mounds is 100 feet across the base and is thought to be a Ceremonial Mound.
J. B. Jones, landowner, of Linden said, "A geologist that came through this area told him that when the Indian Chief died, he and his wife, who was alive, were burned in this mound. Rocks were placed on top of the mounds to keep the dogs from digging them up, since they were buried shallow. Mr. Jones also noted that iron ore rock are also placed on top of them.
Travelers will enjoy an easy walk through the woods while being guided by a clearly marked trail of reflector tags, when illuminated, light up their pathway like a highway through the forest. But keep an open eye; you never know what you might walk up on! Watch out for that Indian!
The night hike will be managed by event workers to help those who need it.
YOU WILL NEED A FLASHLIGHT!
Boys under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult
Dedication to Prayer and Missions is the one key thing that separates Royal Ambassadors and Challengers from other boy's clubs.
It is our commitment to the RA pledge that defines our concern for all people. If we ever lose that, then RAs and Challengers will be no different than everyone else.
We ask that ALL boys and leaders participate in the Camp-O-Ree Prayer Walk. Remember, God tells us to pray for one another. Be sure to pray for your boys too.
All participants will earn special points towards Honor Chapter by participating in the prayer walk.
The Tomahawk throw is a fun event where boys will be instructed by Tomahawk throwing expert Gene Smith.
Gene is a long time member of the TWRA and is an avid outdoorsmans whos skill and knowledge extend beyond wildlife.
The Tomahawk throw is an open fun event and can be attended as often as you want. Of course as with any of our event, check yourEvent Schedule or Camp-O-Ree Handbook for times and locations.