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PETERLOON 2022

SEPTEMBER 30–OCTOBER 2, 2022 • CAMP FRIEDLANDER, LOVELAND, OH

As you may be aware, it had been anticipated that Peterloon would be held in 2021. However, that event is being postponed until 2022.
 
Peterloon is the Dan Beard Council’s large-scale biannual encampment for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA members. Our 2019 edition attracted over 6,000 Scouts to Camp Friedlander & Cub World. We all recognize that conducting such a large event with continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 makes hosting such a large event difficult and unwise. Additionally, the council is actively working to mitigate some flooding issues in the Peterloon Fields. So that the sort of Peterloon that we’re all used to can be held, it makes sense to delay it until next year.
 
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WHAT IS PETERLOON?

Once every two years, the Dan Beard Council calls all Scouts to the banks of the Little Miami River for a unique gathering – Peterloon, the longest continuously operating camporee in the history of Scouting – a council tradition since 1927.

Back in 1927, the first Peterloon took place at Peterloon Farm, the estate of a prominent Cincinnati family, the Emerys. Over the years, the event kept the name, even after moving to other locations, such as a county park and a local airport. By 1965, Peterloon was located at the Dan Beard Scout Reservation Lower Camp Craig, where it has been held ever since.

The first event was created so that Scouts could make their own camping equipment and do more camping as a patrol on an overnight basis. In 1927, 300 Scouts and leaders participated in the first camporee. Peterloon has retained a reputation for its fundamental approach to patrol competition, hands on experiences, and outdoor fun in the scouting traditions.

Some memories that the Council still talks about include the 1967 Peterloon, where pro football star quarterback Fran Tarkenton tossed a football to astronaut John Glenn at the Saturday evening campfire. Another year, the opening ceremony dazzled the participants with red, white, and blue aerial fireworks set off at the “rockets’ red glare” part in the national anthem. They were followed by red and white aerial fireworks during the playing of the Canadian national anthem, in honor of the many visiting Canadian troops. Other Peterloon ceremonies have featured a massing of the flags, including as many as 200-unit flags crossing the arena area. Such is the pageantry that each Peterloon has to offer.

Since the mid-1950’s Peterloon has been held every other year. Waiting two years for the next event increases anticipation as participants look forward to what for many is both a celebration of Scouting and a reunion for scouts of all ages.

PETERLOON VIDEOS

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PETERLOON PHOTOS

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PETERLOON RESOURCES

PETERLOON PATCHES HISTORY

Here are some of the Peterloon patches over the years. For additional historical patches from Peterloon, click here or the button below.

PETERLOON 2012

PETERLOON 2014

PETERLOON 2016