Tonawanda News

March 26, 2014

Scouts eye NT parks for camping event

By Michael Regan
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Hundreds of local Boy Scouts may congregate in October for several days along the Niagara River, as the North Tonawanda City Council considers the prospect after a pitch Tuesday evening. 

Potentially hosted by Boy Scout Troop 184 and called the “Survivor Camporee,” several scouts met with the council during a work session at City Hall, where they requested permission to camp out at Gratwick Riverside and Veterans parks beginning on Oct. 25. 

Brad Davis, a member of the troop, and others, said the group would be split into two camps, with the more advanced participants to set up at the more southernly Veteran’s Park, where activities over a three-day period would be held, including the construction of “bear bags” and drills entailing smoke signals and river crossings. 

Davis said the group would set up about 150 tents for the stay, which would begin on a Friday night and last for two days. The group has already begun the conversation with the city’s engineering and parks and recreation departments, during which both sides “talked about logistics” such as medical treatments, possible clean-up efforts, among other topics. 

The Gratwick Riverside Park section of the camporee would include less advanced Boy Scout members, while the general public including adults and children not associated with the organization would also be encouraged to attend. 

“Even if they’re not a scout they could do the easier survival themes,” David said, adding that his troop would utilize a “leave no trace” concept that would entail a limited footprint on either park. 

The council will render a final decision on the request in the coming weeks.