Scouts race on oversize tricycles at the California Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Adventure Weekend, held Sept. 27-29 at Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore. (Photo by Robert Quezada, California Inland Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America)

By STAFF REPORT | The Press-Enterprise

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More than 2,000 youths, leaders and family members camped at Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore for the local council of the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Adventure Weekend in late September.

The California Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties, conducts the camping event in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Rodeo at the park.

Activities included shooting at a BB gun and archery range, firing wrist rockets, panning for gold and climbing an inflatable tower, according to a press release. At the event, youths in the Scouts BSA program also worked on skills and advancement opportunities.

The Saturday morning assembly was jump-started by the appearance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department SWAT and rescue vehicle, with smoke grenades and sirens.

The weekend also marked the first appearance of female Scouts, who camped in their own troops as the boys have done in the past. The Boy Scouts of America this year opened membership to girls. As of last February, girls ages 11 to 17 can join Scouts BSA, formerly named the Boy Scouts program.