Huge turnout for town's first Scout-O-Rama

Huge turnout for town's first Scout-O-Rama

Sunday was Scout-O-Rama day in North Providence, and Pack 5 Leader Allynn Grantham, of North Providence, teaches a lesson in handicap awareness to, front to back, Mia DiDonato, 12, of North Providence, Luccia Rizzo, 12, of North Providence, and her cousin Katharyn Rizzo, 13, of Glocester. (Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Eighty families and more than 300 visitors total turned out for the first Scout-O-Rama at Notte Park and Camp Meehan on Sunday. Scout leaders said 17 people signed up to be a Scout during the event, making this a "huge success" and their largest recruitment effort ever.

Fifty-six children went canoeing for the first time, more than 100 children signed a pledge to end the "R" word, more than 210 miles were hiked, and 160 people went on the guided 1.5-mile hike of the west river trail. They learned history of the land, planet and animal identification, and hiking rules and safety.

Scout leaders offered special thanks to the North Providence Police Department for crime education and traffic control, the North Providence Fire Department for fire education, first aid support, and assisting with a campfire program, the National Guard for running a booth, and the North Providence Recreation Department for continued support of Scouting in North Providence.

Getting his bottle rocket ready for launch is Matthew Previte, 10, of North Providence who is thinking of becoming a Boy Scout.
Children are hard at work making bottle rockets at the Scout-O-Rama on Sunday.
Jonathan Fillmore, of North Providence, and his son Jonathan Jr., who just signed up last week with the Scouts, take advantage of a special trail built by the Scouts and the Appalachian Mountain Club that is designed to be handicapped-accessible.