of the Wild Spring Camporee
More than 400
scouters and presenters attended the 2nd Call of the Wild Spring Camporee
of the Arrowhead District of the Blackhawk Council of the Boy Scouts of
America. The camporee was again held at Savannah Springs. Tornado
warnings 2 miles away on Friday evening failed to dampen the spirits of
the boys but did knock over a tent or two. Similar hikes were set
up for boy scouts and cub scouts through a series of activities which included:
A stop at the Duck Pond where
Mike Connelly demonstrated the used of decoys as well as demonstrating
Duck and Goose calling.
A short hike to the west brings
us to the Trapping part of the demonstration where Walt Tyler demonstrated
the use of traps and how to set up a trap line. Here his grandson
Tyler shows off some of Walt's many pelts and hides.
The Argyle Rod & Gun Club
was the starting point for many of the boys. Here several of the
clubs members taught hunter safety as well as 1/2 hour of trap shooting.
I have to thank the more than 10 members who gave up a beautiful Saturday
to teach hundreds of appreciative scouts.
Over the course of about a three
mile hike several interest points as well as orienteering courses were
set up. Here the boys were taught to count the number of paces in
Most of the boys camped
at Lookout Campsite. Here's the view from across the valley.
Paul Leck and
his family brought over his antique fishing display.
Stan Franzen brought out his boat which was equipped with
the latest in high tech fishing tools such as ultrasonic depth finders
and satellite global positioning systems.
One of the highlights
of the program was fishing in a trout pond filled with Lunker Trout.
Although none of the real monsters were caught most of the fish caught
were between 16" and 20". The largest trout caught by a boy scout
and cub scout were mounted by Pat Miller of Monroe as prizes to the scouts
During the Trout Fishing
Section the largest Trout caught by a Boy Scout & Cub Scout were mounted
free of charge by local taxidermist Pat Miller of Monroe. Here Pat
presents the largest Trout caught by a Boy Scout to Potosi Troop
67 Boy Scout Allen Straka.
The rest of the trout
were grilled up and eaten for supper
Along with hot dogs, brats,
and a stew made from venison, Moose and Caribou.
After supper a religious
service and campfire program was put on by Chief Earl Cloud of the Potawatami
Nation. Here Chief Earl talks of the importance and symbolism of
fire to his people. Jim Terrell is starting a fire with flint and
steel. Later in the program there were readings of the "Good Oak"
by a facilitator of the Leopold Education Project and a rendition of Chief
Seattle's speech by Al Schmidt.
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