Dear Scouts and Scouters,
In 1941, Mahlon N. Haines began a Scouting tradition by holding the first Haines Safari, at Wizard Ranch in Hellam. He believed so strongly in Scouting, that he left Wizard Ranch to our council. In a 1960 letter, he writes, “I hope to live long enough to see this as one of the great Scout Reservations in America, which will add much to making better boys, better men and better people in the community by enjoying the privileges of being out of doors.”
In 1987, our council started a new tradition to honor the memory of this great Scouting advocate by holding the first of the modern Safaris. The modern Safari focused on the current Scouting generation, but was also filled with memories of Safaris past. A new chapter will be added to The Great Wizard Safari tradition this year, with the holding of the eighth modern Safari for the Boy Scout Council.
This year’s program is set again in our “Wild West” town of Deadwood. Boy Scout units are invited to our great council encampment for the weekend, complete with gateways. Our program on Saturday is for all Scouts from Tigers to Explorers, along with activities and exhibitions for visitors of all ages. Saturday evening’s activities include a Pass In Review for all the units, followed by the famous Wizard Safari campfire show for the entire encampment and visitors, topped off with a fireworks display that will leave you breathless.
Get your unit’s registration in fast to hold your place, then mark your calendar for October 2-4, 2015. Scouts will be talking about this event for years to come, so plan to be at the ranch. All participants will get a patch. The Safari committee is hard at work to ensure that Mahlon Haines’ vision of the Wizard Ranch continues, so we hope to see you there!
Yours in Scouting;
Safari Facilities Chairperson
Safari Program Chairperson