Scout-O-Rama is coming back to Spring Lake Park on Saturday, April 22.

Texarkana, TX – Once again a whole weekend will be dedicated to scouting in the Ark-La-Tex as the Boys Scouts of America, Caddo Area Council and Girl Scouts Diamonds of Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma will be hosting the 2017 Scout-O-Rama regional Scout Show April 21 – 23 at Spring Lake Park in Texarkana, Texas.

For the second year in a row Scout-O-Rama will be hosting the International Chili Society’s“Home Style” Chili Cook-off on Saturday, April 22 right after the opening ceremonies. Anyone interested in organizing a team and competing with their best chili recipe, log on to to download the registration form and check out the rules. The registration fee is $25.00 for ICS members and $45.00 for non-members. Participants are required to cook 4-5 gallons of Chili at the event to serve to the public. Participation in this event supports scouting right here in our community.

Be on the lookout for area Scouts selling chili cook-off tickets for just $5.00 each, when they sell 10 tickets they earn a Scout-O-Rama t-shirt and other memorabilia. Plus a portion of the funds go to support their own troop as well as our area scouting programs. Chili tickets will also be sold at the Scout Office at #24 Lynwood drive in Texarkana, Texas and at the show! Cooks, your chili should be ready for serving by 12:30 on Saturday, April 22 after the Scout-O-Rama public opening ceremony.

If you like to cook chili and want to compete in a ICS sanctioned Chili Cook-off here is your opportunity. Trophies and cash will be awarded for 1st – 2nd and 3rd place, plus other trophies for People’s Choice, and Best of Show winners. All cooking will receive a participation award, something they would be proud to display as recognition for supporting scouting. First place winner will be eligible to compete in the larger regional ICS Chili Cook-offs. Cash awards for this event are $200.00 for 1st place, $75.00 for 2nd place and $50.00 for 3rd place.

Registration and sponsor information can be found under the “Chili” tab at

Jim “Weaver” Standridge
Scout-O-Rama Public Information Director
903-691-3203 –
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Scout-O-Rama returns to Spring Lake Park in Texarkana, Texas Saturday April 22, and so does the second annual ICS Chili Cook Off. Chili teams wishing to sign up should go to to get more information and download the forms and rules. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place finishers plus other awards. Chili bowls are just $5 with proceeds helping Scouting in the Ark-La -Tex. Call the Scout Office to learn more at 903- 793-2179 or the website,

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