One of my favorite events for many years, because it shows Scouting thriving in an urban setting to the public, is Scouting the Zoo. Even as little Cubs my kids loved going to Scouting the Zoo! It is easily the biggest Council Camporee our council does, and its held the first weekend in June every year.

“Back in the day,” 30-40 years ago, Boy Scouts held Expos or public Scouting shows, where those in the public not associated with Scouting would come to see the boys show off their Scout skills. Those Expos have become few and far between these days, but Scouting the Zoo helps us get Scouting back in front of the public, if only for a weekend, in the best way possible.

Troops and Crews set up camp around the Zoo, demonstrating Scouting skills. From Monkey Bridges to Dutch Oven cooking, Scouting will be on display for Zoo goers to see and interact with. Packs don’t miss out as they set up booths and games in the Children’s Zoo, and hold a Council Wide Pinewood Derby on one of the largest, tallest tracks you’ve ever seen! There are push-Cubmobile races in the parking lot, pancake breakfasts, and so much more.

But if you want to take part, you want to send someone to the informational meeting on Tuesday April 3, 2012 at 7PM at the Milwaukee Scout Service Center. (330 S. 84th St, Milwaukee – opposite the Pettit Center on the North side of I-94)

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Tobakos or Lisa Held at (414) 443-2845 or