LaCroix District Scout Expo 1995
Todd N. Tingblad (TINGBLTN@CNSVAX.UWEC.EDU)
Mon, 15 May 1995 08:33:17 -0500
The long awaited 1995 LaCroix District Scout Expo at Fred C. Andersen Scout
Reservation on the Andersen-Weekes Tree Farm in Wisconsin is History. As
overall chair of this spring's Expo, we all from LaCroix had a great time
even with over two inches of rain on Saturday. Our Scout Expo is like that
of a Camporee except it includes all of Scouting in the district.
The theme this year was "Accepting The Challenge". It was that for sure. We
had four district units create the program for each of the four major areas
for the weekend.
The Cub Scout program was on Saturday only and included Tigers, Wolfs, and
Bears. "Wheels West" was their sub-theme with western wagaons and town
displays. One of the many highlights of this event included live goats
putting a den's wagon. Even with all the rain on Saturday, 17 of 26 packs
were present. A number of Cubs did not want to leave!!!
This Scout Expo marked the move of Webelos Woods into part of Expo. The
Webelos arrived Friday night (it was 72 and sunny on Friday). 11 Webelos
dens came out for some fun...and they had it too!!! The Webelos had a great
first night. Only one homesickness, but the scout soon got over it thanks to
his friends. Saturday in the rain brought a huge catapult event with stail
mashmellows flying at your's truely as one of the targets. The remainer of
the day, dens showed other dens how they did a Webelos Activity Pin. Plus
lots of time to see what the other Scouts were doing.
The Boy Scouts and Explorers also arrived Friday and put up some well planned
campsites. Saturday for these folks had them putting together their displays
for one of the required Merit Badges for Eagle. Most were covered. The
Scouts also had an Eagle Fair to learn about what it will take (paperwork and
REAL work) to get their Eagles earned.
The District Commissioners operated a Chuckwagon for the Cub Scouts and the
host Boy Scout Troop ran a Trading Post for everyone. All was sold out.
At 2:30 was the LaCroix Charrot Races for Boy Scouts & Explorers. After an
hour of races in the rain, the races had to be stopped because of too much
rain. It was the start of the third wave of heavy rain. This was all the
tents could take for most troops. The sky cleared given most units a chance
to packup and leave. It was not the wet conditions, but more heavy weather
coming just on the over side of the clear sky. Reports of 50 MPH winds,
Hail, and Tornados had everyone taking the safe route and get out. The
Andersen-Weekes Tree Farm is on one of the highest points over looking the
St. Croix River (a National Since Waterway) and 17 miles of great viewing and
avenue for lots of winds from Minnesota.
By 8:30 Saturday night, the fourth and most surprising wave of rain came on
those of us that remainded. Green skys and a very black wall cloud was
coming up fast. We did not see the winds or hail, only lots more rain. We
believe that is thanks to the Church Services we had only an hour or so
earlier. The dangerous stuff split around us and stayed to the east and west
of the camp.
It all sounds like a mess. It was a great Expo. We had a record number of
campers for a district event. We tripled the number of Webelos from last
year's Webelos Woods, and even with the rain coming down all day Saturday,
our Cub Scouts came out in only the second highest numbers for any district
event. A Scout Is Chearful was everywhere and I heard many wanting to stay
and "create" more fun.
The Spirit is alife and well in LaCroix and the Indianhead Council.
Todd Tingblad -- TINGBLTN@UWEC.EDU
1995 Scout Expo Chair
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