Troop 868 in Action
Bullitt County KidsFest
(Friday~Saturday, March 9, 2013)

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The annual KidsFest program is sponsored by the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce.  It's basically a free convention at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre directed toward families with elementary-aged children.  Local merchants that offer services to families with young children rent booth spaces and setup displays showcasing their businesses.  Many give away token gifts like pencils, rulers, candy, small toys, or similar items.  The local fire and police departments are there with displays about fire safety or drug awareness, respectively.  Other community agencies also have displays.  The event is very popular and thousands of local families show up every year.

Troop 868 has been involved with KidsFest from the very first show.  Boy Scouts greet visitors at the door and provide them with "goodie bags" to carry all the freebies they will collect as they browse through the convention hall.  Other Boy Scouts wander the aisles pickup up trash and cleaning up spilled drinks, popcorn, or other messes.  They empty trash cans when they fill up and provide assistance wherever needed.  Some years they have worn various corporate mascot costumes.  They are always there early to help arriving vendors carry in their supplies and locate their booth spaces.  And they help vendors get their stuff out of the building when the show closes.  Then, after everyone else leaves, the scouts sweep the floors and carry all the garbage out to the dumpsters.

While the Boy Scouts are hard at work, the Cub Scouts and parents of Pack 868 man an information booth about Scouting.  They hand out literature and talk to folks about Cub Scouting and/or Boy Scouting.

Before the doors opened to the public, scouts moved boxes of plastic "goodie" bags into the lobby of the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. Then, as the show opened, the scouts greeted guests and handed out the bags.
Most people were surprised to encounter Boy Scouts but appreciated being welcomed with a smile and responded in kind. From their experience selling candy bars and flags, most of our scouts are very good at greeting strangers.
In addition to dozens of booths to browse, the KidsFest expo also features several stage shows throughout the day.  There are generally some cheerleaders, some karate students breaking boards, some singers, some dancers, and, of course, a magician.  The crowd that consists mainly of pre-school and elementary aged children and their parents always loves the magic show.
Cub Scout Pack 868 and Boy Scout Troop 868 shared booth space to talk to folks and distribute information about our Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting programs.  Seated at the table are Troop Committee Secretary Mickey Moore, Pack 868 Committee Chairman Tom Gordon, and Pack Trainer Tonya Gordon.  Hidden from view is Pack parent Craig Ortiz.  Webelos Cub Scout Thomas is standing in front of the table and other Cub Scouts are seated off to the side.