Scout-O-Rama This Weekend

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Rachel Haddad, 13, spent Take Our Daughters To Work Day at the Roundup. Rachel not only produced the following story, but she also spent the afternoon scanning photographs into the computer.

Buck saws, branding irons, and hot pancakes. These are just a few amusements set out for the Payson Boy Scout's Scout-O-Rama Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The local Boy Scouts are kicking off the Saturday event with a pancake breakfast starting at 8 a.m. at the Mount Cross Lutheran Church. Scout Troop 354 will be serving hot pancakes until 10:30 a.m. Admission is $2 at the door, and all food proceeds will benefit area scouting projects.

Boy Scouts Troop 454 will be supervising a monkey bridge and zip line as seen in action stunt movies. The monkey bridge will lead up to a platform marking the start of the zip line.

"Hopefully," says Scout District Commissioner Mac Feezor, "there will be a soft landing."

Scouts from Troop 254 will be holding a bucksaw race and fire building contest. Two participants on each team will race to see who can cut through a log first. The log pieces will be use for branding. Branding irons will be set up for people to brand initials and other symbols into the round log slices. The fire-building contest will be supervised by the Payson Fire Department. Contestants will be building their own fires all trying to be bigger and better than the others.

Other activities will be spread out among booths, including classes and demonstrations by scouts, members of Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, and the Payson Fire Department.

Boy Scouts will be showing off their hard learned skills of flag etiquette and other life necessities. Tonto Rim Search and Rescue will be showing and teaching safety procedures and rescue techniques.

"The Tonto Rim Search and Rescue will be running a hands-on ropes course," Feezor said, "This is something the kids won't want to miss."

The fire department will be there teaching classes and showing you how their job is done. People from all over Payson will be giving cooking demonstrations on Dutch ovens and many other styles of cooking providing delicious cuisine for the public to enjoy.

Come on out and support the area Boy Scouts. Tickets can be purchased from any local scout or at the event.

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