About a week ago I was thinking about where I wanted to end up for my 3000 milestone cache. The opportunity was available to attend and event in Mauston and pick up a bunch of P&G's but I didn't want to milestone on a P&G. Somebody on the WGA Threadstealers forum suggested that I do some of the P&G's and make the event the milestone (Thanks, Pat.) That got me thinking that I had my own event coming up in a week, and I could make that my milestone. So I passed up on the Mauston event and found a few caches around the Stevens Point and Wausau areas this week to get my count up to 2999. I was a little worried about the etiquette of logging an attended log at your own event, but I checked some of the events that I had attended in the past and noticed that several of the hosts of those events had posted attended logs, including one event host who I know would never do anything that conflicts with the Scout Oath and Law, so I decided that it was OK.
Today I slept late, lolled around the house for a while, then finally headed out for the long drive (6 miles) to the Mead Wildlife Area. Arrived to find that the environmental educator was already there, and had the gates and building open. Started setting up and getting things ready, then around 10:15 people started to arrive. Now I don't get all the credit for hosting the event. The Physical Education teacher at school did most of the coordination and planning for the event. But at 10:31 she didn't appear ready to start, and everyone was sitting in the chairs like they were expecting a show. We had planned to send everyone out on the trail first and do the classroom part afterward, so I started the show. I had gotten a slide show from ScrappyScout that he used this summer at Pike Lake, and made a few slight modifications.
After that we sent everyone out to find the 10 temporary caches we had placed on a 2-mile trail for the event. After scrambling to fix some technical difficulties with the schools GPSr's, we finally had everyone out on the trails and finding caches. Though the attended logs here won't show it, we actually had about 80 people attending, most of them families from school who had never cached before.
After caching it was back to the building for refreshments. One of the families from school brought an awesome cake that I had asked the mom to bake for the event, but she refused to accept payment for. Thank you Mrs. Northway!!! Pam, the Mead Environmental Educator brought some pumpkin-shaped rice krispie treats, and Blue_Cougar54494 brought some jello cookies ... blue, of course. By the time I left, every crumb was consumed. Thank you all for bringing treats and for attending this event. It was hectic and chaotic at times, but I was happy that so many people attended.
Pictures coming ...