Founder’s Weekend 09’ Info Now Available!

2009 FOUNDER’S WEEKEND

The weekend of June 12-14, 2009 marks the 18th annual Founder’s weekend to honor W. D. Boyce, one of the founders of scouting. Ottawa was the home of W. D. Boyce and is also his final resting place. Join us for a weekend of varied activities including camping, hiking, fun, games, crafts, etc.

HISTORY OF SCOUTING COLLECTORS PATCHES

The year 2009 also marks the 99th anniversary of W. D. Boyce’s incorporation of the Boy Scouts of America. The Ottawa Scouting Museum announces a “COUNTDOWN TO THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY” of the incorporation of BSA. Starting in 2002, we will issue a different, fully embroidered collectors patch each year until 2010. When fully assembled, this collection of patches will present a pictorial history of all scouting. This completed patch will be over 14″ in diameter – and truly a collectors dream. Come along with us on this historic journey – find out how the early founders of the scouting movement knew one another personally and professionally! It’s one of history’s most interesting tales! The eighth in this series will honor William Dickson Boyce and his incorporation of the Lone Scouts of America, which took place in 1915. Travel along this historic journey with us – begin your patch collection today!

CAMPING

Limited camping space is available this year at Friendship Village, directly off Route 23, about 2 miles south of Ottawa, in two formats, family camping(cub scout age families Friday night only) and troop camping (Friday & Saturday nights( boy scouts/ girl scouts), and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. After our camping area at Friendship Village is full, you will have to find your own camping in the area. We suggest you REGISTER EARLY!) Bring water and containers and garbage bags for the weekend. All cooking fires off the ground. No campfires unless authorized by the Founder’s Day Weekend Committee. All family campsites must be vacated by 9 a.m. on Saturday; troops and post campsites must be vacated by Sunday at 10 a.m. With the number of campers participating and exposure to the public, good Scouting and camping practices must be observed by all. PLEASE NOTE: there are no provisions for auto campers or motor homes at Friendship Village. ALSO NOTE: this is a private facility and we only have use of it for Friday thru Sunday – we are not permitted in before Friday nor can we stay after Sunday. Sorry if this is an inconvenience for anyone. If you prefer other camping arrangements, you might try Starved Rock State Park , which is very close. Their phone number is 815/667-4726. They will fill up fast so make your reservation EARLY with them if you want to camp there.

REGISTRATION CHECK IN

PLEASE: register as you intend to check in! For instance, if you are arriving as a group and all at the same time, then register as a group. If a group intends to all come, but are arriving individually and at different times, PLEASE register individually. Registration packets will be made up as the registration is received and we cannot take one registration out of a packet of 20 registrants. Regardless of when you arrive for the weekend, your first item of business is to register for the weekend, or pick up your registration packet if you pre-registered. Campers arriving on Friday evening should check in at the Registration Table in the shelter at Friendship Village. Linda will have your packets, tickets, etc. ready for you if you have pre-registered. If you arrive on Saturday, pick up and/or register at the Masonic Temple, on the east side of Washington Park, downtown Ottawa. Registrants for Founder’s Weekend activities will receive a complimentary ticket to visit the Ottawa Scouting Museum at 1100 Canal Street in Ottawa. Other interested persons may purchase tickets at a reduced rate on Saturday at the museum. For more information, write to: Ottawa Scouting Museum, PO Box 2241, Ottawa, IL 61350. You may also call the museum at 815/431-9353, or contact Executive Director Mollie Perrot at (815) 433-1361 or via e-mail to scouter07@hotmail.com. (Please put SCOUTS in the subject line)

IMPORTANT NOTES

Registration fees for campers for the weekend will be available in these formats: $6.00 each for family camper (includes Founder’s Weekend Patch, Friday evening program and Saturday activities). A fee of $7.00 each for troop/post camper (includes two nights camping, Founder’s Weekend Patch and participation in the Saturday night activities (see below). In either case, if you want to do the short Mystery Trail on Saturday, add $3.00 per person to the above fees. This will give you the Mystery Trail Brochure and Mystery trail patch – upon completion of the trail.

TROOP SATURDAY EVENING ACTIVITIES

Special troop activities will take place on Saturday at the camp grounds. Be sure to check the schedule upon check in to find out what fun thing is happening! And – be sure to participate! Scout prizes will be available for participation!!!!

CAMPING ACTIVITIES – SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY:

FLAG DESIGN COMPETITION & SCOUT HISTORY TRIVIA NIGHT

On Saturday evening at Friendship Village campgrounds, OSM will host two separate activities – with prizes!! The first activity will be a Patrol Flag Design Competition. All patrols are encouraged to design their own flag, just for their patrol, and submit it for consideration by the judges.

The second activity will be a Scout History Trivia game. All campers are encouraged to participate in these activities.

Prizes for these activities will be scout history appropriate!

SATURDAY ONLY – NO CAMPING

Another registration format available for non-campers is Saturday-only activities. A fee of $4.00 will include the parade patch and all Washington Park activities. Also available is the short Mystery Trail (brochure, patch upon completion of the trail) for a fee of $3.00, Either Saturday-only registration will include a tour of the Ottawa Scouting Museum.

CHECK-IN & SILKSCREENING SATURDAY

All Saturday participants should register or pick up their pre-registration packets on Saturday at the Masonic Temple, 916 Columbus Street, Ottawa, 8:00 to Noon. We will also do silkscreening at the temple. (BRING YOUR OWN ITEM TO BE SILKSCREENED. There is $1.00 service fee per item – done while you wait) Tickets for the Mystery Trail will be issued at the Masonic Temple. The OSM food booth will be based at the Masonic Temple where there are tables to relax and have your lunch. There will also be a Trade-O-Ree set up at the Masonic Temple – be sure to visit it!

SATURDAY ACTIVITIES – ALL REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS

There will be a lot of activity going on in Washington Park, downtown Ottawa. Be sure to visit our surprise Pioneering stations – you may find a climbing wall, zip line, tower, or even a monkey bridge. Whatever is there this year – check it out and see how you fare with these activities! Come to the craft session, make a souvenir button, etc. Saturday activities will culminate with an afternoon parade walk to Ottawa Avenue Cemetery and a visit to the W. D. Boyce gravesite which all participants are expected to attend. (Unit & American Flags for the parade!) Lineup will begin on the north side of Washington Park at a time to be announced. NOTE: ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD PLAN TO MARCH IN THE PARADE TO HONOR W. D. BOYCE – that’s the reason for the weekend! You may want to have a vehicle near the end of the parade route, on Ottawa Avenue (not IN cemetery) to pick up your parade walkers after the memorial service.

2009 MYSTERY TRAIL

The 2009 Founder’s Weekend Trail Committee is going to offer a special Ottawa Mystery Trail in 2009!

(THIS IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH OUR 3 PERMANENT, YEAR-ROUND HIKING TRAILS OR OUR NEW GEOCACHING TRAIL INTRODUCED IN 2003 – IT IS A DIFFERENT TRAIL AND WILL ONLY BE HIKED ON SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2009!.)

Participants who sign up for the trail will receive a ticket at the registration booth (Masonic Temple). The ticket is presented to the Trail Booth on the lawn at Reddick’s Mansion (north side of Washington Park) and they will give you a trail pamphlet with instructions. When you complete the trail pamphlet, you must return the pamphlet to the trail booth at Reddick’s (where you started) and they will present you with your patch. Cost of this activity is $3.00, which includes the brochure and patch (upon completion of the trail).

TRADE-O-REE

A Trade-O-Ree will be set up at the Masonic Temple on Saturday, June 13, 2009. The Trade-O-Ree is a terrific place to check out scouting memorabilia at its finest. You will have an opportunity to see a lot of collectibles – maybe you have some at home!! Here, you will be able to get an idea of what your personal collection may be worth! Wonderful place to spend some time and see what’s new and cool on the collecting scene!

GATHERING OF EAGLES

It seems only fitting and proper that Eagle Scouts as well as Golden Eaglets (Girl Scout equivalent) from across the nation lead by example and should present themselves to the FRONT of the parade lineup.

REFUND POLICY

This event is scheduled to take place – rain or shine. Refunds will only be made if OSM cancels the entire event – that’s never happened! If you register and are unable to attend, you may request your segment patch be mailed to you. Said request must be made within seven days after the event. If you fail to request the patch mailed to you within that time frame, you will forfeit your opportunity for such request. The Mystery Trail requires actual completion to earn the patch. If you fail to hike the trail after registering, your trail registration fee will be considered a donation to the operation of the museum.”

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