Local area Boy Scouts are roughing it and learning about Civil War campaigns.
The 2011 Boy Scouts Fall Camporee is being held this weekend in Utica.
One hundred 30 scouts from 37 counties and one county in Alabama set up tents and spent two nights camping and learning about the events of the Vicksburg Campaign and the Battle of Champion Hill.
The scouts also constructed a cannon and engaged in a battle with a ship on the water
Meanwhile Civil War re-enactors fired real cannons and held demonstrations for the scouts.
"They've researched what a Civil War area soldier might have eaten, and they've come up with menus based on what the soldiers had for meals. So we've had a lot of Johnny Cakes, the corn bread pancakes," said Camporee chairman Mike Murphy.
The event's theme is the Vicksburg Campaign 150 Year Sesquicentennial-Land and Sea Campaign.
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