Racing & Wagering

Northwest Suburban Council to Celebrate Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary at Arlington July 4

| Churchill Downs Communications | 06/23/2010 #

The Northwest Suburban Council Boy Scouts of America will celebrate the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary on America's 234th Birthday, July 4, with a day-long extravaganza at Arlington Park, the largest NWSC event since their 1993 Camp-O-Rama.

Among the day's highlights will be a parade featuring more than 400 Scouts, representing Cub packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews and Aquila troops, are expected to participate in the parade that steps off at Noon in the Arlington Park parking lot, traverse the homestretch of the racecourse itself and conclude in the winner's circle where the colors will be presented by an Eagle Color Guard after which special guest speaker, U. S. Army Retired Sgt. 1st Class Sammy Davis, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic service under fire during the Vietnam War, will address the crowd.

Following the opening ceremonies and throughout the afternoon, the Scouts and non-Scouts will be able to participate in numerous activities including a "Mayor's Pinewood Derby Challenge" race in Arlington Park's picnic area. In the International Room, the council's annual Pinewood Derby Championship Race will be held with over 120 Cub Scout participants. 

The afternoon outdoor activities will include an Army display with Humvees and a dog tag making machine; a rope "monkey" bridge; a pioneering signal tower, leather craft and wood carving booths, amateur radio and podcasting displays, a rain-gutter regatta, robotics and First Aid demonstrations, log sawing, a rubber band zip gun range, a science demonstration, a Civil War era re-enactment booth and  GPS-geocaching.

July 4 is also "Family Day" at Arlington Park with pony rides and a petting zoo also part of the afternoon's activities.

"This is truly a once-in-lifetime event," stated Carl Laub, the event's Chairman.  "Throughout America, scout councils are staging various events during the year to celebrate the birthday of this truly great youth movement.

"A year and a half ago, our event was a vision and on July 4 it will be a reality," Laub continued, "And what greater a place than Arlington Park to have a birthday party?  For the past six months, Arlington management has given great support by working with our committee on a monthly basis to make the event a success."

Advanced tickets for the Northwest Suburban Council Boy Scouts of America celebration can be obtained here.  General admission for adults is $6 online in advance and $8 at the gate.  Children 17 and under are always free.  

The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 by W. C. Boyce, a Chicago publisher, following a London visit with British General Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the original scouting movement in 1907.  Chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1916, American scouting now includes over 300 local councils and a nationwide membership of over 2,900,000 youth.        

Chartered in 1926, the Northwest Suburban Council, located in Mt. Prospect, Ill., serves over 16,000 youth and 4,000 adult Leaders in 34 northwest communities. "Scouting On Track" is the first of two N.W.S.C. 100th BSA celebrations.  The second public event, "ScoutTrek 2010," will be held in Busse Woods on Sept. 25.

Arlington Park - the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. - will run a 91-day meet in 2010 from Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, Sept. 26. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 11 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities - Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Fat Sam's Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Lucky's featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino's featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, Tad's Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins and Sundance Saloon featuring Trackside OTB in Waukegan.  Information on Arlington Park can be found online at