Owasippe Celebrates its 100th Anniversary and You are Invited!

Now that Scouting has celebrated its 100th anniversary, it is Owasippe’s turn.

Owasippe Scout Reservation, America’s first Scout camp, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2011. On July 22, 23, & 24 (Christmas in July weekend) the Chicago Area Council will welcome Owasippe alumni, visitors, and the public to the birthday party to be held at Ad Center.

The party will cap off a summer of anniversary events that will include a celebration each week. The Big Event on Saturday, July 23 will include a Scout Show, a stage show celebration, and a host of visitors to help in the commemoration.

The Scout Show will include show-and-do demonstrations by units exhibiting traditional Scouting skills. The stage show is going to include a host of dignitaries all gathered to join in the fun. There will be guided tours of the section camps available starting from Ad Center and the Tradin’ Post will be open providing some interesting special occasion souvenirs and novelties to commemorate your visit. The Owasippe Museum will also be open for visitation and for fun and games like “name that staff person under all the hair” from old staff photos and representatives of the Diamond “O” Ranch will show off some of their four-legged friends.

Visitors and alumni are invited to join us for the event either as a day visitor on Saturday or as an overnight camp visitor spending the weekend camping on the reservation. Visitors wishing to join the celebration are welcomed to visit our web site at www.Owasippe100.org to sign up. Registrations must be received online by Friday, July 15.

The cost to camp at Owasippe’s Camp Carlen for the weekend is $5.00 per person with an option to purchase Saturday morning breakfast and Saturday evening dinner for an additional $20.00 per person. Visitors will be required to provide their own tents and are welcome to check in at Ad Center after Noon on Friday, July 22.

Day visitors are welcome to join us at Ad Center on Saturday, July 23. There is a $5.00 per person fee and lunch will be available for purchase at Ad Center Snack Bar. Celebration festivities begin at 10:00am at Ad Center. The Scout show will go on throughout the day as will the escorted tours of the section camps. Since this is an active camping weekend, the section camps will be closed to visitors except those in escorted tours. The re-dedication ceremonies will begin promptly at 2:00pm and the festivities will conclude at 5:00pm followed by a traditional campfire at 8:30pm.

Another great program for the 100th is the Owasippe 100th Anniversary Commemorative Patio:

Do you have a favorite Scoutmaster you want to recognize, a loved one who has gone to the great council fire, or perhaps a staff person who made a difference? Or would you like to have your own name or Troop number solidified in Owasippe history as part of the centennial celebration of Owasippe Scout Reservation? Now you can remember that person or event that meant so much with a brick on the 100th Anniversary patio.

For a donation of $100, you can purchase a 4” x 8” paver block and have it engraved with up to 3 lines of text, up to 13 characters per line. Your custom brick will be engraved using a time-tested sandblasting technique by Muskegon Monument and Stone company.

For $300 your Troop can commemorate its visit to Owasippe in its 100th Anniversary year with 6 lines of text with 13 characters per line.

Orders are being taken by the staff at the Trading Post at Ad Center. Make your mark on the next century of Owasippe!

Come join in the fun for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Owasippe Scout Reservation.

Source: Chicago Area Council News Release

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