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Northwest Suburban Haunted Hike

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  • 2011 Haunted Hike

    2011 Haunted Hike
    Lakota Lodge, Boy Scouts of America

MArge Scanlan

Gather around the camp fire and I shall tell you a tale about the end of the world, which the Mayans predict will happen December 2012. The Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow Lodge #175 will have the LAST HAUNTED HIKE EVER! Unless the Mayans are wrong then the hike will be back October 2013. This year October 26 and 27 is the weekend for the most blood curdling, hair raising event yet to happen. Ghouls and creatures of the night will gather at the Des Plaines Methodist Camp Ground 200 E Algonquin Road in Des Plaines. Mayhem will begin at 7PM on Friday till 10:30PM. Also featured will be a special extra horrifying high school hike starting at 9:30 PM both nights. This is not for the faint of heart. For the very squeamish and young a kid friendly flashlight hike will be Saturday from 4PM to 6PM. The monsters will be unmasked and friendly. After that the goblins and trolls will crawl out of their hiding places from 6PM till 10:30PM.

The Haunted Hike is the Order of the arrows largest fund raiser and all four chapters of the Northwest Suburban Council, Northwoods, Signal Hill, Path Finders and Black Hawk work together to create a creepy night of fun and freight. All of the participants enjoy putting the hike together, that is one of the reasons for its success.

Concessions, popcorn, cider, hot chocolate sold by the camp ground owners will be in the big tent. Also featured is a live band, free face painting and games. A special commemorative event patch with 17 years of past haunted hike art work will be on sale. Girl, boy and leader scouts in uniform $5.00, children 5 to 12years $6.00, adults and children 13 years and up $ 7.00. A limited edition Fast Patch for $25.00 is for sale and includes admission, going to the front of the line, a special limited silver and gold patch, a bag of popcorn, a glow necklace and a cup of cocoa. This is still the best priced scare around town and always included free of charge is fun!

Advisor Tim Mellin is proud of this nationally recognized event which benefits Boy Scout camps and goes towards camping equipment. The work that goes into the hike by so many volunteers is an impressive effort. Not only are scouts involved also those outside the organization,"cicivilians", who help with traffic control, first aid, lights, setting up and taking down everything. The hike is a success because so many care.

So gather your group for a spine tingling, hair raising, bone chilling night of freight. And don't forget to stop at the campfire to roast marshmallows and share your own scary story.