Jeremy Parrish (jeremy.parrish@ACCESSIL.COM)
Fri, 10 Mar 1995 18:48:51 LCL
Below I have include some information about some special events in Scouting
that are coming up in Springfield, IL opened up for everybody around the
If you need any further information or would like to register for the event
call the ABRAHAM LINCOLN COUNCIL SERVICE CENTER @ (217) 546-5570.
Also, not mentioned below is the fact that the Governor of Illinois ,Jim
Edgar, will be present, and a few members from the National Scout Office, and
possibly "Scouting Magazine". This is the 50th anniversary of the Lincoln
Pilgrimage and it is said that thousands of scouts from around the U.S. will be
involved. So come on out and join in!
LOCATION- The Tomb of Mr. Lincoln is located in Oak Ridge Cemetery on the
northwest perimeter of Springfield. It is well marked by many road signs from
TIME- The Pilgrimage ceremonies will begin promptly at 2:15 p.m. in
front of the tomb. All participants must be in place by 2:00 p.m.
PARADE- Immediately following the twenty minute Tomb ceremony,
participants will parade ten abreast to the steps of the State Capitol where
they will pass in review. The parade departs from the Tomb via Monument
Avenue. It travels south on First Street to Adams Street to Second Street.
After being reviewed, the parade is disbanded on Jackson Street. The total
length of the march is 1.5 miles. All participants will have passed the
reviewing stand no later that 4:00 p.m.
FLAGS- Units should bring their American and unit flags. CARRYING
BELTS ARE ESSENTIAL. Bearers of American flags will march enmasse at the front
of the parade. Upon arrival at the Capitol Building, they will be formed into
an avenue of flags.
REGISTRATION- The fee is $3.00 per participant. Each registered
participant will receive a special 50th Anniversary Pilgrimage patch and each
unit will receive a pilgrimage streamer for their flagpole. These items, for
the entire unit, are secured when the unit leader checks in at the registration
tent near the caretaker's parking lot immediately west of the Tomb.
Registration at the Tomb begins at 9:30 a.m. and will continue until 1:45 p.m.
At the time of registration, each unit will be assigned to a section.
Each section is clearly marked in an area immediately in front of the Tomb.
All units must report to these sections so that your unit might be located in
case of a lost Scout or other emergency.
PRE-REGISTRATION- Leaders are urged to pre-register at the Abraham
Lincoln Council Service Center between April 1 and April 28. Patches,
streamers, and other pre-ordered items will then be pre-packaged ready for pick
up the morning of the Pilgrimage. Those units that pre-register will be placed
toward the front of the parade.
UNIFORMS- Uniforms are the most appropriate and must be worn correctly,
with no unofficial parts. Participants should dress for predicted weather,
since the Pilgrimage will be held regardless of weather conditions.
PARKING- All State Capitol parking areas are available for use at the
parade's end at no charge.
CAMPING- Is available at the Boy Scout Camp Illinek, located on Lake
Springfield. Camping fees are $1.00 per person, per night, with a minimum of
$10.00 per group, per night. Interested unit leaders must contact the Abraham
Lincoln Council Service Center at (217) 546-5570 for further information and
Limited camping is available at Lincoln's New Salem State Historical
Site. The primitive camping area used by some troops in the past is no longer
available. Fees at New Salem are also $1.00 per person, per night, with a
minimum of $10.00 per group, per night. This is on a first come, first served
basis. A 10:30 p.m. curfew will be strongly enforced.
A firebowl is being planned for both camping sites for Saturday night.
PICNICS- Units should plan a picnic at one of the numerous city parks.
Picnics are not allowed in the cemetery.
TRADING POST- Special fiftieth anniversary Lincoln Pilgrimage
commemorative items will be available for purchase Friday and Saturday at Camp
Illinek and New Salem, and at the registration area near the Tomb on the day of
the Pilgrimage. Items for sale will include patches, coffee mugs, t-shirts,
caps, hat pins, special event license plate souvenirs, and other anniversary
The Pilgrimage weekend affords a unique opportunity for Boy Scouts,
Explorers, Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors to combine hiking the Lincoln Trail
with attendance at the Pilgrimage.
Since the trail is twenty-one miles from New Salem State Park to Stuart
Park on the northwest edge of Springfield (IL), most groups plan on spending at
least two days in the area. It is practical to arrive in the Springfield area
on Friday evening so you may begin the trail in New Salem early Saturday
morning, camp that evening, and attend the Pilgrimage on Sunday. You'll want
to allow several hours for visiting the restored New Salem Village at the park.
Each first time hiker must read a book on Abraham Lincoln and present a 300
word report, TO HIS UNIT LEADER. It is the responsibility of the unit leader
to verify that all first time hikers complete a book report. The book
requirements does not apply to repeat hikers.
Trail recognition order forms and maps will be available at New Salem. On
Saturday, April 29 ONLY (before 6:00 p.m.) trail medals and patches may be
purchased at the end of the trail. Second, third, and fourth repeat patches
are available for purchase by any individual repeating the Lincoln Trail.
Trail medals sell for $4.00, patches for $2.00, and repeat patches for $5.00.
T. 302 Springfield, IL
Illinek Lodge #132 Vice Chief
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City