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"Camporee" is the 11th episode of Camp Camp.
|“||The Campbell Campers are forced to compete in the Lake Lilac Camporee against their rival camps, The Wood Scouts and Flower Scouts. Pikeman makes a bet with Campbell. David tries to get the kids to work together.||”|
The campers are waiting for breakfast, with no one apparently serving it, until they are interrupted by David loudly blowing a bugle outside. Venturing outside, they find Cameron Campbell proclaiming that he's here to host the Annual Lake Lilac Camporee.
The Camporee consists of 15 events for all camps on Lake Lilac to take part in, the first five being provided by the Flower Scouts, and the next five submitted by the Wood Scouts, leaving Camp Campbell to provide the last. The grand prize for the overall highest scoring Troop is the Camporee trophy (a log), a year's supply of s'mores, and their picture featured on the front page of the Sleepy Peak Times metropolitan section. Just as Max and Neil are about to skip out and go roast ants with a magnifying glass, Pikeman approaches Campbell with a wager: If the Wood Scouts win, they get control of Camp Campbell's grounds and campers, but if Camp Campbell wins, the Wood Scouts hand over all their earnings from their yearly popcorn sales. This appeals to Campbell's gambling addiction and he agrees.
The games begin, and the Flower Scout's first challenge is "a test of posture and proper walking form." Over a narrow plank with spiked balls swinging above it. Nikki is the only one from Camp Campbell to make it, the Wood Scouts lose Petrol after he helps Pikeman and Snake get across, and the Flower Scouts perform flawlessly, taking an early lead. Both the Campbell Campers and the Wood Scouts struggle with baking, gardening, scrapbooking and ribbon twirling, but David remains confident that they can win if the campers just work together. The Wood Scouts' challenges begin, with the first task being to row out to Spooky Island and back. The Wood Scouts ace it with Petrol rowing the boat alone, and the Flower Scouts are perfectly coordinated, but Camp Campbell can't even get past the dock. The Campbell campers struggle especially with crawling under barbed wire, clay pigeon shooting, going over a waterfall in a barrel and scaling a sheer cliff face, and by now the Wood Scouts are only just beating out the Flower Scouts. When Pikeman starts hitting on Gwen, she spurs the Campbell campers into action, but not by following David's advice and having them work together, because they simply can't. Instead she points out that everyone has their own ridiculous skill sets and bizarre niche talents to exploit
Neil kicks off round 11 with the task being to create a stable batch of nitro-glycerine. The Flower Scouts manage to melt their table, and the Wood Scouts blow theirs up when Snake misinterprets a snap at Petrol as a request for petrol. Harrison tackles round 12 (illusion), Ered offers motorcycle repair as round 13, round 14 is to destroy the One Ring of Power (ordered by Nerris, naturally), and Nikki tackles round 15: Cross-species communication. The Quartermaster releases a snarling wolf, which Nikki frightens into submission by barking loudly and quickly at it. Then with a simple command of "kill," the wolf chases both the Wood Scouts and Flower Scouts away. Camp Campbell wins the day, and Nikki declares they've all learned a lesson today: don't ever work together. David protests repeatedly before Max butts in to tell him no one cares and the other campers go back to their usual business. Campbell departs for Thailand again, Gwen wanders off and David is attacked by Nikki's wolf. That evening, David is looking upon a board covered in photos of the camp's history, Max's words echoing in his head and he wonders why no one likes summer camp anymore. Just then, he looks at a photo of his own time as a camper, noticing Campbell is holding an ornate staff and wearing a sash, and the answer hits him: The Sparrow.
- The transcript for "Camporee" may be edited here.
Cameron: The Lake Lilac Camporee is today! And that means you little rascals will be competing in a series of fifteen events! All of which will be submitted by the participating summer camps. The first five will be brought to us by Flower Scout Troop 789! The next five submitted by our neighbors The Wood Scouts! And the last five presented by my very own Camp Campbell campers!
David: The troop with the highest score at the end of the day will go home with the coveted Camporee trophy, a year's supply of s'mores, and have their picture featured on the front page of the Sleepy Peak Times metropolitan section!
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- At the start of the episode, David plays the well-known bugle call "Charge" to gather the Camp Campbell kids outside.
- The three "unbiased" judges of the Lake Lilac Camporee are apparently Geezer #2, Lester, and the barkeep from the episode "Into Town".
- Cameron Campbell states that the Flowerscouts introduced so far are members of troop #789. According to Edward Pikeman, he and the other members of the local Woodscouts are members of troop #818.
- Another Nazi joke is made about Dolph when Max says, "I think I speak for all of us when I say that I don't wanna become some fascist militant peon!" and Dolph responds, "He does not speak for all of us."
- Petrol's full name is revealed by Edward to be "Stephen van Petrol".
- The Flowerscouts' first challenge is "a test of posture and proper walking form" - across a pit of boiling green liquid with spikes swinging overhead. When Petrol falls into the liquid after failing the first challenge, Edward tells him his sacrifice will not be in vain, and he gives a thumbs-up as he sinks. This is a reference to the iconic moment at the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day in which the Terminator does the same as it is being destroyed in a vat of molten steel.Their second challenge appears to be to bake chocolate chip cookies in an EZ-Bake Oven. The third is to grow flowers, the fourth seems to involve creating valentines or scrapbooks of some sort, and the fifth is ribbon-twirling.
- Meanwhile, the Woodscouts' first challenge is to row out to Spooky Island and back. Their second challenge appears to be to climb under a "cargo net" made of barbed wire. Their third is skeet shooting, their fourth appears seems to involve riding in a barrel down a waterfall, and their fifth is rock climbing.
- The Camp Campbell campers' first challenge, designed by Neil, is to create a stable batch of nitroglycerin. When Edward asks Petrol to hand him oxygen, Petrol gives him carbon dioxide instead. Edward begins to chide Petrol, but Billy Nikssilp thinks Edward is asking for gasoline (also known as petrol) and causes an explosion. The next challenge, designed by Harrison, is illusion; when the Flowerscouts attempt to do so, Platypus jumps out of the hat and bites Sasha's hair. Their third challenge, designed by Ered, is motorcycle repair. The fourth, designed by Nerris, is to "destroy the One Ring of Power" (an obvious Lord of the Rings reference); when Nerris says this, a volcano is visible in the background (presumably meant to be Mount Doom). The final challenge, designed by Nikki, is cross-species communication.
- Cameron Campbell mentions early in the episode that he has diplomatic immunity, and says after Camp Campbell wins the Camporee that he has to get back to Thailand. These are both references to the episode "Camp Cool Kidz", in which Campbell mentions that if he wins a poker game, he could end up being the Prime Minister of Thailand.
- At the end of the episode, while David looks at his "Memories" corkboard with his "#1 Counselor" mug beside him, a poster is visible on the far wall. It has "DUSK" written in orange at the top, with a purple moon slightly overlapping an orange one, and "Full Moon - When Butts Touch" in purple at the bottom. There are also books behind him titled Encyclopedia, Puppies, and Ninjas of Love (the last of which is also a book in RWBY, another Rooster Teeth series). It is also revealed that David's yellow "bandana" around his neck is actually his old Camp Campbell shirt from his time as a camper.
- On the corkboard itself, among pictures of David as a young camper and as a counselor, there is a picture of Larry the Hamster in the top-right (with a heart sticker next to it). Also, Jasper is present in a group picture including David as a camper, further supporting the idea that Jasper is a ghost. As David looks at the photo, he wonders what changed about camp since he was a kid, and exclaims, "That's it! The sparrow...", which leads into the next episode, "The Order of the Sparrow".