Please note: All costs cited are for purposes of estimating only - actual charges may and probably will vary. These prices were based on information obtained in 1995 and 1996.
Dear Scouts and Scout Leaders
Bring your attention to May 15, 16, & 17, 1998, under the Big Top, it's
Baraboo Circus Heritage! Youth from all over the Midwest will converge at
the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wisconsin for the 12th annual
celebration of circus fun and history. Baraboo Circus Heritage has many
activities, But the main attraction is admission to the "Greatest Museum on
Earth," the Circus World Museum.
Owned by the Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Circus World Museum has
the best collection of circus memorabilia ever assembled. Enjoy a myriad of
circus experiences, including circus performances under the big top tent,
train loading shows, elephant rides, and a tour of the world's largest
collection of antique circus wagons. The big top show features many acts
including Happy the Clown, and Mr. Bill the Clown, longtime Baraboo Circus
Besides visiting the Circus World Museum, the following activities will take
place at the Sauk County Fairgrounds. Additions and changes may occur.
CIRCUS SPIRIT NIGHT - Here's an opportunity for everybody that comes on
Friday night to have some fun after they set up camp. Try your luck at the
carnival games that will be set up in the picnic shelter near the
Grandstand. Have your troop start a game of volleyball or ultimate Frisbee.
SCOUTING MUSEUM - Discover the history of the Scouting movement from
Brownsea Island in 1907 to today's Baraboo Circus Heritage. See Scouting's
past through patches, books, and historical items. And of course, figure
out the answers to the Scouting Museum Contest. Make Lord Robert
THE CIRCUS HERITAGE TRAIL - The Trail will lead and challenge you through
Baraboo, past many historic sites. You will be seeking answers to the
Heritage Trail Contest questions. Put on your hiking shoes!
SKILLS COMPETITION - Come one! Come All! Join us for fun, games, and some
friendly competition at the Roustabout Roundup! Compete with other groups
for points in Circus games of skill and teamwork. The Top Three scoring
groups will receive awards at the Center Ring Stage Show on Saturday night.
The Roustabout Roundup is organized and run by the Tichora Lodge #146, Order
of the Arrow.
GREAT MIDWESTERN PINEWOOD DERBY - Join in the fun. Races will be held on
Saturday afternoon for boys and girls ages 7 thru 10 with an additional open
class for ages 11 and up, including adults.
THE SIDESHOW - There are always many exciting displays and activities at the
Sideshow. Scheduled activities at the Sideshow include Beadwork,
Blacksmithing, Leatherwork, Fishing, Pioneering, Model Airplanes, Exploring,
the U.S. Amateur Tug of War Association, Silkscreening, and Camp Castle
Rock's Climbing Wall.
LEADER BAKE OFF - The tradition of culinary excellence will continue with
another Leader Dutch Oven Dessert Bake Off. Bring your dutch oven and all
the ingredients for your favorite dessert. Each unit may send one adult
leader to participate. The Heritage will provide a recognition for each
baker as well as first, second and third place awards.
MINIATURE CIRCUS WAGON CONTEST - Once again bring your own Circus Wagon made
on a coaster wagon or similar chassis! The wagons must be built ahead of
time, which would make a great project for a Den or Troop meeting. This is
Baraboo Circus Heritage's unique competition!
CENTER RING STAGE SHOW - On Saturday night you will be treated to a special
stage show at the Fairgrounds Grandstand. There will be professional
entertainment and of course the much anticipated announcement of the Award
Winners. There will be many surprises and an amazing finishing ceremony!!
Jamboree style camping space will be provided for the first two thousand
campers on grass covered sites at the fairgrounds. The camping space is
available Friday and/or Saturday night at no extra charge. Some units
choose to come just for the day on Saturday and not camp overnight. To
receive Baraboo Circus Heritage's main brochure which is mailed in January,
please contact: Four Lakes Council, 34 Schroeder Ct., Madison, WI 53711,
Phone: (608) 273-1005, Fax:(608) 273 - 8686
You can E-Mail me your address and I'll make sure you get a brochure. I
design the brochures for BCH. This years version is being printed now.
Yours in Scouting, Todd McMahon
Scoutmaster, Troop 43, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin