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Boy Scouts of America Choctaw Area Council to hold its annual spookoree campout in two sessions

The Boy Scouts of America Choctaw Area Council is preparing to hold one of its biggest events of the year, its annual spookoree campout at Camp Binachi.

This year’s annual spookoree is being held in two sessions, on the weekend of October 24, and the weekend of October 31, in order to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and only 50 families will be able to participate in each session.

This will be the first large event taking place at Camp Binachi, since it experienced a lot of damage from a tornado in February this year, and the District Executive for the Choctaw Area Council Boy Scouts Of America, Brandon Bridges, shared that they are excited to welcome scouts back to camp for this annual event.

“It did do a lot of damage out at camp. We’re actually in the final stages of getting our dining hall re-done, with the renovations sand everything since the storm. So, we’re glad to be back out there at full capacity and provide this experience for everyone in the local area. It’s a great opportunity for our scouts and their families to come out at camp, and one thing we always like to say is –it’s also the biggest campout we have for our new scouts it introduces them to, --you know, the outdoors, as far as being scouts and actually practice some of the skills they’ve been learning since they got in this year,” said Brandon Bridges. Also sharing, that one of the events usual attractions will not be available this year because of COVID-19.

“Because of the COVID situation, we decided to go without the bounce houses, but we still plan on having the BB guns, the archery, crafts, STEM projects. So, we’re still planning for them to have a great time this year, just without the bounce houses,” said Bridges. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Boy Scouts of America Choctaw Area Council plans to follow the CDC’s recommended guidelines by enforcing social distancing and performing temperature checks at both sessions of its annual spookoree.

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