ULBC Camp Director, Al Mackin, introduced the boys of the Hoffman Estates Boys Club to the Woodcraft Rangers program during his tenure at the camp. The Union League clubs already had a part in that program. At the camp it included Indian dances, artwork, camping skills, and other things. The campfires I enjoyed the most as did our kids.
Al even spoke at one of our Award Nights in Hoffman Estates about the Woodcraft Rangers. And he helped us to establish a program at our club there. Yet instead of having a campfire at camp, he provided us with an electric campfire for our ceremonies in our darkened gymnasium. Then we usually retired to our arts and crafts area for projects including leather work.
The evening concluded with refreshments. The boys learned camping skills at their monthly off-season visits to the camp in Salem, Wisconsin. Woodcraft Rangers became an active program at our local club and most of the boys that visited the camp were involved in the program. It became quite popular. We even had some overnights at the club promoting the Woodcraft Rangers. It was a great learning experience for our kids.