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Scouting Expo
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Ted Orr, shooting sports director for the Yellow River District, instructs scouts on the basics of shooting a bow and arrow in the archery activity.

Boy Scouts of the Yellow River District, in Rockdale and Newton counties, held an expo on Saturday displaying scouting skills and selling small items. These included fire building displays, archery, constructing a rope bridge, setting up tipis and selling native American-themed products.

Participating groups from Rockdale were Troops, Packs and Crews 410 out of St. Pius, 1827 out of Smyrna Presbyterian Church and 888 from Epiphany Lutheran.  Troop 410 did a fire building display, and demonstrated the art of roasting marshmallows, Pack 1827 built a rope bridge and Pack 888 had booths set up.

On Sunday, Scouts will have a time of reflection during a rededication service at Salem Campground. The service, geared to the Scouting community but open to the public, will start at 3 p.m. and speakers will talk for around 45 minutes.

In May comes one of the area's biggest scouting events in what the Atlanta Scouting council calls the Campout of the Century. Officials are estimating around 5,000 scouts will descend on Burt Adams Scout Reservation to celebrate 100 years of scouting and the 50th anniversary of the scout reservation.

Making the trip to Burt Adams Scout Reservation will be the Atlanta Council, which stretches from Pickens to the north, Clayton to the south, Carrol to the west and Newton to the east