Dear Scouts and Scouters,
In 1941, Mahlon N. Haines began a Scouting tradition by holding the first Haines Safari at his Wizard Ranch in Hellam Township. He believed so strongly in Scouting that he left Wizard Ranch to the Council. In a letter to the Council dated simply “October 1960,” bearing in the stationery logo the message “Wizard Ranch – the Yellowstone Park of the East,” Haines noted “I hope to live long enough to see this one of the great Scout reservations in America, which will add much to making better boys, better men and better people in our 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 this year, with the holding of the ninth modern Safari.
This year’s program is set again in our “Wild West” town of Deadwood. Scouts BSA units are invited to take part in the great encampment for the weekend, complete with theme-related campsite gateways. Our program on Saturday is for all Scouts, from Lions to Explorers, along with activities and exhibitions for visitors of all ages. Saturday’s evening activities include a Pass and Review for all 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.
Who Can Attend?
The Wizard Safari is open to Scouts of any age, from Lion through Venturers and Explorers. This event is open to visitors, so we encourage parents and families to attend, along with the general public.
Non-council units (units from councils other than New Birth of Freedom Council) are also welcome to participate in the Safari.
Please note that only registered paid participants will be able to participate in the Cub Scout, Webelos, Scouts BSA, and High Adventure programs. Participants will be given a bracelet that shows that they have paid for the event. All other visitors are invited to watch and participate in the special events that will be occurring throughout the weekend. Don’t forget to stay for the Saturday night show and fireworks!