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Lincoln Pilgrimage

Lincoln Pilgrimage Memories

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Another great picture from the 2009 Lincoln Pilgrimage!

Another great picture from the 2008 Lincoln Pilgrimage!

Another great picture from the 2003 Lincoln Pilgrimage!

What's it for?

For more than 50 years, our Lodge has been hosting a day of fun and games for Scouts. The Lincoln Pilgrimage is a great activity for Boy Scout troops, Venture crews and Cub Scout packs. There will be a ceremony to dedicate the statue of one of the greatest American Presidents, Abraham Lincoln.

What do we do?

Have Fun! Okay, now that you've had the short answer, the longer answer is we set up stations for the various games, man the museum, and rededicate the Lincoln statue.

When is it?

It's usually the weekend closest to February 12, Lincoln's birthday. You can always check the Calendar for details.

Who can come?

The Pilgrimage is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Event Galleries

2010 (38 pictures)
2009 (63 pictures)
2008 (99 pictures)
2007 (46 pictures)
2006 (109 pictures)
2004 (25 pictures)
2003 (43 pictures)
2002 (73 pictures)
2001 (22 pictures)

Event History

For many years, George Thomas delivered the presentation at the Annual Detroit Area Council Lincoln Pilgrimage. He was registered in the Boy Scouts for 71 years. As a youth, he achieved the top award in all branches of scouting, some of which no longer exist. He was and Eagle Scout, a Ranger in the Rover Scouts, a Silver Award Explorer, a Quartermaster in the Sea Scouts, and an Ace Air Scout. He was a true scouting five-star general.

George stood only 4 feet 10 inches tall but was a giant in scouting. He was one of the best examples of saying, "You should judge someone from his eyebrows on up."

George was very reluctant to spend money on himself and to some he might have even seemed to be cheap. In spite of all his activity in scouting, he owned only one uniform and never got the present style, which came out over 10 years before his death. But he was extremely generous to other people and to organizations in which he believed. He triple tithed to his church. Generous gifts were also given to scouting. For example, he gave enough to build and entire cabin at our Charles Howell Scout Reservation. When there was a need, George was there with his checkbook.

George started this event, the annual pilgrimage to this statue of Lincoln, as a troop event in the 40's. It became a council/Order of the Arrow event in 1953.

It was George's goal to visit all of the statues like the one at D-A. He was two or three short at the time of his death. George also walked many scout trails dedicated to Lincoln, a total of 3,200 miles of scout hiking.

Five people were in the program of the very first pilgrimage. Over 10,000 have participated in this ceremony since then.

Since 1953, the Lincoln Pilgrimage has become a great council event, playing host to Troops, Packs, and families. Lincoln and Civil War re-enactors have shown up for the festivities, and the lodge has sponsored games, set up petting zoos, and put on ceremonies.

Since the early 1970's, the Pilgrimage has developed into a major event from little more that a gathering of the Lodge at Charles Howell on the evening of February 12th for a brief memorial followed by hot chocolate and donuts. Emphasis was placed on Troop, Pack, and Arrowmen attendance. The event was expanded to include a history of the life and times of Lincoln including several demonstrations such as candle making, skits, games from the 1860's, and participation of various militia groups.

Last updated by History Committee on October 4, 2008