Camping and Events

Once upon a Circus

Once upon a time, in a Galaxy far far away, there was one ring to unite them all……..

Oops wrong story.

Although any trip with the Scouts of Troop 175 is an adventure. And it’s always a good one. The trip to Baraboo and the Circus World Heritage weekend was no different. This was a very pleasant weekend trip and as always the boys had a great time. The weather even cooperated with us for most of the weekend.

As we got ready for the opening flag ceremony on Saturday morning there was much excitement and fun in the air as we walked over to the school with all the other scout troops to pay homage to our country and celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Baraboo event.

I wish that I could report that everything was perfect; that your Scouts never had a better time in there young lives. That because of this trip, they will all succeed beyond their wildest dreams in life, but alas this it was not to be so. Many of them did not listen to their Scoutmaster and other leaders. So this was somewhat of a camping trip but also way to teach some life lessons. One of the first ways to tame a Scout is to make him more obedient. Here, one of ours thought he was going to be able to pet a freindly little donkey.

But there were different plans for him. Just like the little wooden boy’s in Pinocchio who were sent to the island of “Lost Boys”, this Scout met the same fate…….

Hopefully these donkey spells have already worn off and this Scout is returning back to normal. If he acts stubborn and makes any sounds similar to “he haw”, please let me know and I will call Gepetto to see what he can do.

I wish I could have stopped it from happening, but it’s really up to you Parents to reign in your unruly Scouts.

 Perhaps like this:

Now I know that some of you parents had asked me to drop your Scout off to become a permanent member of the Circus, so I had to talk to this guy first:

He told me that your permission slip would be just fine and that we could get started right away with them going to work. I did let them play a little bit before they would forever join the army of Clowns, Lion tamers and Elephant riders. Kind of like a last supper:

But unfortunately this could not last forever and the boys were finally brought to their future home:

I must say that they had no idea what they were going to be doing. They did seem to take to their new roles very quickly and you can see how they learned these tricks rather fast:

I was amazed how they all fit into those little doggy costumes. And look at the Scout from our troop driving the stage coach. He did such a great job ( he looks really familiar in that monkey suit).

One of them really studied their “Acrobat Merit Badge” . He was a crowd pleaser.

Those crazy circus people were really good at putting your Scouts to work. This must have been one of our older boys. They put him in an Elephant costume and look what they taught him is such a short time.

He is quite the performer. Maybe we can get him for the Red and Black?

Well, for those Scouts whos parents didn’t commit them to a life of Circus traveling, we did go back to the camp site for some Scouting fun.

That’s one old scout. I think he was a clown that followed us back from the Circus.

Oh the life….

Just to top off all the odd events and occurrences for the weekend, there was an event offered that only the bravest of Scouts could participate in; something that would show the world their courage and resilience. It involved the risk of death that normally we would not allow in Scouting, but we thought this would give those remaining boys a chance to redeem themselves so as not to be sent to live and work with the Circus next year. It involved an ancient act, one so dangerous, that only the powerful Knights of old would engage in – Dragon Slaying!

See the dragon below as he rears his evil hind quarters at the camera.

See here the brave knights attempting to slay the beast. Notice the one being knocked over by its powerful blows!

Another Knight helping out.

And finally a group of powerful knights were able to slay the beast.

Unfortunately, none of the Brave Scouts from 175 even ATTEMPTED to slay the beast. Perhaps next year after a bit more training and rank advancement ( I understand there is talk of a Pork taming merit badge in the works).

There was one last chance for the bad scouts to redeem themselves. This is not something we often do, but this time, instead of putting them in the village stocks or even having them spend time in the community jail, we found another, better alternative…..

Speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

Yes this was a great adventure!

Any parents who would like their Scout back, should call the Circus World Museum. I’m sure they are being treated well and certainly trained well. If you didn’t get a chance to send your Scout away, please let us know and we will make sure to get them a spot next year.

See you at the White Pines – (Remember, Canoe trip!!!)

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