INDIANAPOLIS – In celebration of its 100th anniversary, The Boy Scouts of America is teaming up with the Indiana State Fair to offer several scouting displays and demonstrations during the state’s largest multi-day event. The scouting displays dispersed about the Indiana State Fairgrounds are just some of the must see Indianapolis events at this year’s Indiana State Fair.
During the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 6-22, Hoosier visitors can immerse themselves in scouting activities including learning how to pitch a tent or tie a knot. Scouts will also unveil a permanent 71-foot-longbridge of Indiana Hardwood Lumber honoring the organization’s 100th anniversary near the east end of the Best Way Disposal Infield.
“The Boy Scouts of America offers a family-based, year-round program that provides challenge, adventure and lessons that last a lifetime,” said Scott Clabaugh, the Scout Executive for the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America. “Celebrating our 100th anniversary this year, it is fun with a purpose – reinforcing values taught at home that can help all young people fulfill their potential. “
Here is a list of Boy Scouts-related events and activities going on at the Indiana State Fair this year:
- Legacy Encampment Area (Aug. 6-22): Rotating activities offer visitors a hands-on experience and a chance to watch rope making, knot tying and wilderness survival demonstrations, among others. Events take place near the Speed Barns at the east end of the Best Way Disposal Infield.
- Adventure Base 100 (Aug. 13-15): A national traveling exhibit at Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park, the base will include a “monkey rope” course, where youth can test their mettle by climbing along ropes 10-15 feet above ground; a stage and a multi-sensory IMAX-like Go Scouting! dome. For more information, visit www.adventurebase100.org.
- Boy Scouts of America Legacy Project (Dedication at 2 p.m., Aug. 15): A permanent 71-foot long bridge of Indiana Hardwood Lumber will stretch across the drive tunnel on the east side of the fairgrounds connecting to the Pathway to Water Quality. The project will honor the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts in 2010 and the group will utilize the bridge and encampment area year-round as a gathering site. Indianapolis-based Cripe Architects + Engineers designed the bridge, with Mike’s Express Car Wash, Wilhelm Construction, Indianapolis Power and Light and The Beamery in Zionsville also providing technical and financial support.
- Boy Scouts of America Day (Aug. 15): On Aug. 15, fairgoers can visit State Fair Boulevard and see 15 different stations, all representing different elements of scouting, including a Pinewood Derby track, tent pitching demonstrations and more.
- “Centennial Scouts of Central Indiana, 100 years of scouting, 100 profiles of character” (Aug. 13-15 at the Adventure Base 100 Trading Post): Fairgoers and former and current Scouts can pick up a copy of this book spotlighting 100 Central Indiana Boy Scouts for $10. The book will also be sold at local Marsh Supermarkets and the Scout Shop at 7125 Fall Creek Road North,Indianapolis.
About Boy Scouts of America ®
Boy Scouts of America is a youth development organization that’s designed to prepare young people to make ethical and moral decisions throughout their lifetimes. The goals of Scouting consist of citizenship training, character development and personal fitness. Throughout the Boy Scout program, young people are encouraged to advance through ranks by fulfilling requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. To get more information on Scouting, call (317) 813-7125 or 877-925-1900 (toll free) or visit www.becomeascout.org .
About the Indiana State Fair
The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event attracting more than 900,000 people annually. Nationally recognized for offering the best in entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair is an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers. Admission is $7 in advance, $8 at the gate – kids 5 and younger are free. For more information, please visit www.indianastatefair.com.