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Yocona Scouting Conclave brings scouts from all over

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 4/20/2013 10:54 pm
RANDOLPH, Miss. (WTVA)--Boy Scouts from several states spent part of the week in Pontotoc County as part of the annual "Order of the Arrow Conclave."

It is an honor society of the scouts and teaches members about being leaders in society.

"What we have is nine Order of the Arrow Lodges. They come together for fun, games, and fellowship," said Ty Robinson, a scouting leader.
 
This is one of the biggest events of the year for members.

There are all sorts of events going on at Camp Yocona, and it has attracted scouts from throughout the country.
 
"I love it. I love it. It's my first time here. It's a really simple camp. It's easy to figure out where you're going beautiful lake. I know they renovated it here recently. So,  it's just beautiful," said Aaron Shepherd of Pikeville Kentucky.
 
Over 600 scouts participated this week and all are members of the Order of the Arrow.

"All of these arrowmen here are working on going back home taking back to wherever they may be from, and taking back the leadership they learned here to better their own communities," replied Hunter Jones of Lafayette, Tennessee.

"Leadership is a big thing with how we develop our youth, and how we move on to the college level or any post-high school opportunities that we want to take. It lets us develop a safe enviornment in which we can all develop our skills in speaking and as well as interacting with others," said Jerry McKenzie of Madisojnville, Kentucky.

"It brings plenty of leadership and communication skills. But, it also gives you a personal relationship with other people that you can use when it comes to jobs. Especially when you're applying for college. Being a scout is a high thing on a resume," explained Noah Robinson of Iuka.

One of the most fun things that the scouts enjoyed was trading badges, and it's an activity that draws the young and old. 

The event was sponsored by Chicksa 202.

The last time the lodge sponsored a conclave was in 2005, and the Yocona Area Council serves 12 counties in the area. 

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