Troop 868 in Action

Downs Syndrome Walk (Oct 2009)

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This was the third year that Troop 868 has participated in the annual Downs Syndrome of Louisville Walk-Run.  The event raises public awareness of downs syndrome and is also a fundraiser for the local DS support group.

The troop arrived on scene at Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville at 7 AM to help with setup.  Once the event started, scout donned the mascot costumes loaned by various companies and circulated through the crowd, stopping for numerous photographs.  After everything was over, the scouts helped with take-down and cleanup.

One of our scouts has downs syndrome; so this annual event is near and dear to our hearts.

Wearing the character costumes is always fun for the scouts, but not always comfortable.  The costume heads are sometimes heavy and the outfits themselves are hot.  Visibility is often limited.  Fortunately, the weather was on the cool side this year, so heat wasn't a problem.  For safety, each character is escorted by another scout who watches out for steps, curbs, and other obstacles.
Dylan consults with a fellow scout inside the Chic-Fil-A mascot costume. Chris escorts a buddy inside a polar bear costume.
Dalton (red jacket) and Spencer (far right) escort Kraig who is dressed as a Papa John's Pizza slice and carrying balloons. Mingling with the crowd and stopped every few feet for photos was standard operating procedure.
And it wasn't just kids who wanted to pose with the characters!  Lots of adults got in on the fun, too!
In the changing area, Nick and Adam are preparing to exchange places. Kraig horses around with whoever happens to be inside the pizza slice.
After the event was over and cleanup was completed, the troop went to lunch at a Chinese buffet.