Being "green" is all the talk for the 21st Century, but we have nothing over the Gold Rush pioneers of the 19th Century.  Innovative pioneers and miners converted their Conestoga wagons into wind powered "sail wagons" and sailed their way across the Sante Fe and Oregon Trails in search of gold in Colorado, California and the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Cub Scouts will have the chance to man the sails of a wind wagon and "head west" in the search for gold during the Fall Cub Camp!


Being "green" is all the talk for the 21st Century, but we have nothing over the Gold Rush pioneers of the 19th Century.  Innovative pioneers and miners converted their Conestoga wagons into wind powered "sail wagons" and sailed their way across the Sante Fe and Oregon Trails in search of gold in Colorado, California and the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Cub Scouts will have the chance to man the sails of a wind wagon and "head west" in the search for gold during the Fall Cub Camp!
    An exciting weekend is in store for Cub Scouts and those interested in seeing what Scouting is all about on September 26, 27 and 28 at the Mandan Training Center on the east shore of Ford County Lake.  Scouts will be able to pan for "gold" in the flume specially built for the weekend.  Volunteers are also working hard to develop a realistic gold mine right here on the plains of Kansas.
    In addition to the Wind Wagon, there will be pioneer games and activities like churning butter, grinding wheat into flour and maybe even grinding coffee beans!  Boys will also be able to make their own rope which will come in handy in the untamed wilderness of 1870s Kansas.
    Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend as well.  For those with the pioneer spirit, you can camp in a tent, or weather permitting sleep under the stars.  For those not quite so adventuresome, dorm rooms are available; just bring your own bedding. 
    Grub fit for a pioneer or a miner ‘49er will be served up by volunteers in the camp kitchen (no need to pack your food or cooking utensils).
    Contact the Santa Fe Trail Council Office in Garden City (1-888-316-5162) for more information, and to make your reservation for a weekend your child will remember for a lifetime. Cost for the weekend is $20 per person, payable at check in, or in advance to the Santa Fe Trail Council Office, 1513  Fulton Terrace, Garden City, KS  67854.
    The Santa Fe Trail Council, BSA, was established in 1945, with headquarters in Garden City, to serve 19 counties in Southwest Kansas.  The Council is funded by the United Ways in Dodge City, Garden City and Liberal, Friends of Scouting donations, product sales, trusts and endowments, and camping and activity income.