- Iroquois Nation Campouts
– Fall: Sept 7-9, 2018/Camp Tecumseh
– Winter: Feb 8-10, 2019/Camp Duncan
– Spring: TBD, 2019
- Winnebago Nation Campouts
– Fall: Sept 15-16/Camp Benson
– Winter: Feb 2-3/Camp Duncan
– Spring: TBD, 2019
This past Monday the Binz family led a Chocolate Fondue party like no other. There were no warm and delicious chocolate strawberries and pineapple chunks impaled at the end of long thin metal skewers. Instead the Binz family treated the PR Sauk tribe to dried crickets. Yes, crickets… WE ATE BUGS!!!
The boys have been talking and worrying about the cricket eating meeting for at least a week. The scouts received a reprieve when the original meeting, which was scheduled a week prior, was cancelled due to poor weather conditions. But now the time had come to eat both dinner and dessert at the same time.
The Binz family started the meeting with a science lesson (Joe Ott approved!) where each dad and son was required to diagram the anatomy of the cricket. The Binz’s wanted the tribe to know exactly what they were eating. The tribal members thoroughly appreciated seeing the wings, thorax, antenna and all of the other bug parts that were going into their mouths. MMMMM… GOOD!
Kudos to biology major Matt Hachigian and his boys Mike and John for correctly identifying all of the cricket body parts. They earned the first servings of cricket fondue. Nick Hachigian was missed due to hockey practice. Dad, Matt, surely brought some tasty bugs home for his son to try.
TIME TO EAT!!! Chris Binz helped the scouts dip their crickets in chocolate. After the dip, the boys went to their tables to sit down as the chocolate hardened and they ate their slightly crunchy chocolate dipped crickets. YUM! This is not on the menu at the Melting Pot.
“Can I have more?” was actually asked by several of the boys. Many went back for seconds and thirds… really. One of the dads commented that plain crickets tasted like sunflower seeds but with a different texture. The taste was not too far away from that. Apparently, insects are a great source of protein. It is not part of the American diet but insects are consumed in parts of Asia and Africa.
The Sauk tribe would like to thank the Binz family for delivering one of the most original and educational craft meetings of all times.
If anyone is interested, Chris said that he was able to order the crickets on Amazon.com. Enjoy!
Park Ridge’s Mighty Sauk Tribe (above) closed out the 2017 Christmas Tree Sale this past Sunday. Dads and Scouts finished taking down displays and cleaned the tree lot before handing it back to the Park District. Thank you to all who volunteered in this month long endeavor to make it a success. Thank you to all who show up each year to buy our trees. Thank you to the Park District for supporting our organization for so many years.
The Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts and Princesses use all of the the profits from the tree sale to help charitable and service organizations. These dollars benefit those in need and support the community.
This year’s sale was led by Treemasters Joe Ott (center with the red Santa Clause hat) and Chris Bauer (blue Jacket next to Joe). Their team included James Kolz, Matt Hachigan, Karl Sawyer, and Mr. Treemaster himself, Terry Jolineau. Kudos to the Treemasters on a job well done!
Bill, Sophia, and Joanna Aslanides (pictured above) led the PR Navajo tribe craft meeting last week. Bill, a food scientist, and his daughters showed the tribe how to make popsicles with a scientific twist by using measuring cups, syringes, funnels, and Frozip bags to create these colorful treats. Flavors included Mango, Margarita, Blue Raspberry, and Watermelon. Each family who participated went home with handfuls of popsicles to enjoy with their families.
The Park Ridge Navajo tribe spent Monday evening crafting the Halloween themed liquorish broomsticks and hanging bats. Kevin and Josie Wiland led the group and demonstrated how to make the liquorish broomsticks. Dave and Julia Farrell helped the girls with making and decorating the bats. With close to 20 families represented, dads and daughters had fun working together. Above, Abbey and Tim Sandrick display the broomstick and bat they made. Happy Halloween Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts and Princesses!!!
Tom Briones led the festivities with his first campout as Nation Chief of the Park Ridge Winnebago Nation. Chief Tom brought the Nation back to Camp Minicani in Wisconsin after a multi-year hiatus. He packed the weekend with activities for dads and sons. Boys participated in archery, boating, Mad Science, and climbing. Chief Matt Zeman of the Blackfoot tribe led some fierce games of Gagaball with the scouts, which went on for hours on Saturday and continued through Sunday morning. Joshua Parker (pictured above) was on the hunt for plates this weekend as he worked diligently to bring honor to the Chippewa tribe.
Thank you Chief Tom for a great weekend!