Boy Scouts of America
150 years ago this nation being divided over issues of human rights went to war, 11 states seceded from the union and began the most significant 4 yr war in the history of this country. A er the war ended people never said again “The United States Are” but stated and believed “The United States Is” “One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all.”
To commemorate this historic event in American History, 27 years ago the People of Jackson started the Cascades Civil War Muster. Each year it has grown bigger and better until it is now the largest re-enactment in the Midwest and the Boy Scouts have been there since the beginning helping in every way possible.
Scout Troops from Jackson, Calhoun, Hillsdale, and Lenawee counties come together each year to o er their help. Over the years we have had help from units from Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Britton, keeping the total of Scout volunteers between 150 and 200 each year. It takes that many to help park the 1,500 re-enactors and the 30,000 spectators that come every year. Whether it is pouring rain or scorching heat the scouts are out there.
Along with parking the scouts also help distribute the programs so everyone can enjoy the event and know what all is going on. en at battle time the scouts line the en- tire perimeter of the battlefield to protect not only the re-enactors from the spectators but also the spectators from the re-enactors. A er the battle the scouts police the entire battlefield to make sure no one has dropped any live rounds. e work is not done yet; it is time to help set up for the re-enactor’s dinner and the Grand ball, and what ever else is needed to be done. After dark the scouts line the perimeter area for the night time artillery show. Finally it is time to go back to camp for a well deserved night of rest.
Bright and Early Sunday morning before anyone else is up the scouts are back at it remarking the lots and preparing everything for day two for this great event. After all is done then it is time to take everything down and pack it away for next year.
When ever the scout have free time you will probably find them lined up at the Root Beer Stand, (Best Root Beer anywhere). Year after year the Scouts all say this is one of the best and most fun events they participate in all year and can’t wait to come back.
I was told once that the only difference between the Boy Scouts and the re-enactors is that the Boy Scouts have adult leaders. How true that is.