Scouts, Trucks, and Cadets! Oh My! Busy Weekend Coming at EAA
September 24, 2009 — The EAA grounds will host three unique, simultaneous events this weekend. Beginning Friday (September 25) more than 7,000 Scouts will call Camp Scholler home for the Great Lakes Centennial Jamboree, celebrating 100 years of scouting. The Jamboree will draw in Scouts from 12 councils covering Wisconsin and Northern Michigan to the three-day event, which wraps up Sunday, September 27.
The Scouts may have their own rides to the event, but if not, they might be able to hitch a ride on Saturday (September 26) with a semitrailer bound for Oshkosh as part of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics. More than 100 trucks are expected to participate in the 60-mile ride from the northern Milwaukee area to the EAA grounds. Last year more than $100,000 was raised for Special Olympics Wisconsin. The Truck Convoy is a national one-day celebration of the trucking industry, with many of the celebrations aimed toward charities. An appearance by Alex Debogorski, star of the TV documentary series Ice Road Truckers,will headline the event at EAA.
Meanwhile, as trucks and Scouts roam the grounds, other highly motivated individuals will be meeting Saturday at EAA with representatives of the Wisconsin congressional delegation for Military Academy Day. Each member of congress can make a nomination toward one vacancy a year to the three United States Service Academies. Representatives from the offices of Wisconsin Senators’ Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, and Congressmen Tom Petri and Steve Kagan, along with those from the academies will be available to meet with prospective academy candidates.