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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT)-- Thousands of scouts camped in north Alabama this weekend for Scoutfest.

It's an event that brings troops from north and central Alabama, along with Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi together.

This year, organizers chose Point Mallard Park in Decatur for the event.

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Adventurers, and volunteers set up camp and enjoyed activities like rock climbing, canoeing, and team building exercises. They also learned new skills through events like welding and wood carving.  STEM subjects were represented at various booths.

Leaders said it's all about making new friends, and learning new things with people the scouts may not have met otherwise.

Jeff Brasher, Director of Support Services for the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said it's a good opportunity for the scouts who can't make it to big Boy Scout events across the country, too.

"Most kids don't have an opportunity to go to a National Jamboree or a High Adventure Base in their scouting career," he said. "So we are basically bringing the high adventure base and the jamboree here to them."

The last Scoutfest was six years ago, and this is the first time the event has taken place in north Alabama.