Each Spring the Lincoln Trails Council Boy Scouts of Decatur, Illinois hold a Spring Rendezvous at Wolf Creek State Park near Findlay, IL on Lake Shelbyville. The focus is on teaching skills to youth and parents, skills that may get lost if they were not taught and passed down to new generations and practiced. The event hosts a Civil War vintage cannon crew, a Blackhawk War vintage cannon crew, Praireland and Frontiersman re-enactment groups, Buckskinners, Flintnappers, the Central Illinois Raptors who hunt with birds of prey, the Illinois Tomahawk Throwers Association, the Dutch Oven Gathering Club, blacksmiths, plus the IL Army Corp of Engineers conservation, State Conservation groups, and members of Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Tri-County Quail and Rocky Mountain Elks.
This year we have selected blacksmiths and “Forging Links to the Future” as our slogan. We hope to “Spark Your Imagination, Ignite Your Skills”. In previous years there has been a single blacksmith and forge in camp. This year we would love to have an expanded blacksmith area with multiple forges and smithing activities ongoing. The area would focus on demonstrations and instruction. We do have scout groups that camp for the weekend and are also open to the public. On Saturday, May 19 all demonstrations and activities will take place between 9:00–5:00. Annual attendance is between 400-500 people.
I invite your members to consider joining us at this event. Maybe 4-5 people or more depending on their availability and interest in teaching blacksmith skills at our event.