Spring Pow-Wow sets a new attendance record, blows away all expectations.

by Chris Brightwell on March 21, 2013

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When we started planning this event, we weren’t sure that it would work. When we had some organizational delays that delayed registration until mid-February, we weren’t sure it would work. We decided to try something new, roll the dice, and see what would happen.

And boy, did y’all come through.

With 700 participants and 200 registered staff — more than 900 people in total — the 2013 Coosa Lodge Spring Pow-Wow is officially the largest event that Coosa Lodge has ever hosted. It was larger than any Spring Fellowship or Fall Fellowship. It was larger than that Ordeal in 2000 that inducted 400 new candidates.

It was larger than any Conclave we’ve hosted. It’ll probably be larger than the upcoming Conclave at Bert Adams Scout Reservation.

The Service Corps was firing on all cylinders, offering service and hospitality to every Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer, adult leader, and Order of the Arrow member in attendance. Coosa Shows had a highly ambitious vision for the closing campfire, which left several of their guys working in the arena well past midnight Friday night. The American Indian Affairs crew put together an all-star team of dancers, drummers, and singers. The Fellowship crew cooked more than 1,000 hamburgers, put together hundreds of root beer floats, and assembled more than a dozen program stations featuring bead work, regalia construction, council events information, and more.

Everyone in every corner of the lodge stepped up in a big, big way. And the results speak for themselves: We’ve heard unanimous praise from Scouts and Scouters of all ages and backgrounds. We’re already hearing questions about whether we’ll do this again next year (we will) and the feedback we’re receiving this week is providing lots of ideas to improve and expand our program for next year.

Oh, and we had 13 members attain Brotherhood. Not bad, right?

So thank you, everyone, for believing in this idea and coming together to make it such a huge success.  Let’s do it again next year.

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