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Scout Day at the Zoo

October 3, 2009« More activities from 2009

About 100 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts attended scout day at the Woodland Park Zoo. The main purpose of this event to show the fun of Scouting, to recruit new Scouts and show them how fun Scouting really is. Scouts from Troops 282, 673, 618 and others set up exhibits on the North Meadow of the zoo.

Our exhibit was building a 30 foot monkey bridge using our lashing and pioneering skills. We arrived at the zoo at 9am and had the bridge built by about 10:45am. We built our monkey bridge out of two double a-frame supports, a 1″ thick main rope, and 1/2″ upper ropes tied to a 1-1-1 anchor system with ratchet tension straps. When we first began to apply tension to the main line, one of our six steel anchor points snapped and we had to replace the front two steel anchor points with 2″ thick wooden posts. We also reinforced the other steel anchor points with rebar.

Once we opened the monkey bridge to the public, we had a line of Scouts and siblings, young and old at least 10 people deep all day long. We actually had to turn people away shortly after 3pm so we could tear down and leave the zoo by our 4pm finish time.

Also at this event, Boy Scouts could work on up to 3 different Merit Badges during the event, Orienteering, Reptile and Amphibian Study, and Mammal Study.

This event drew the attention of people at the zoo and other Scouts from different districts such as Aquila, Aurora, North Lakes, and Sammamish Trails districts. Scout day had a positive effect on all who wanted to be a part of Scouting. – AJK

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