The trees are here!


Dads arrived Saturday morning at 8:00 am to unload the trailer, set-up the tree racks, and erect the tent for the upcoming annual Christmas tree sale.  Dads returned early Sunday morning to unload three semi trailers carrying over 750 Christmas trees.  This is a massive undertaking.  Tree Masters Terry Jolineau and Joe Ott masterfully organized and managed the all volunteer crew.   Dads completed the set-up in record time on Saturday and Sunday.  

A special thank you goes to all of our volunteers this weekend.  Without these dads help, this Christmas tree sale would not take place.   All proceeds are donated to local charities and other non-profit organizations. Since 2008, the Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts and Princesses have donated over $125,000 to help the community. 



Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts and Princesses help Hurricane Matthew victims


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The Hinton family organized support and collected relief supplies that were shipped Lumberton, NC this past October.  They have friends in that community that were hit hard by Hurricane Matthew.  The Hinton family are part of the Apache tribe in the PR Illini Nation.  Donations came from throughout the Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts and Princesses.




The Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts & Princesses Support Compass to Care

Race Roster

Join the upcoming run/walk to benefit Compass to Care and help fight cancer.  The event will take place Saturday, October 22nd at 8:00 am in Hodges Park.  As a participant you will receive a free t-shirt.  There will be kids races and a post-race party.  It i free for childhood cancer survivors.


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A camp out featuring the moon and the stars

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The Park Ridge Winnebago Nation returned to YMCA Camp Minicani for the first time in  3-years.     Scouts explored the trails and challenge courses as they competed in the plate hunt and searched for unusual objects.  Many took advantage of the activities that included archery, horseback riding, boating, fishing, basketball, and Gaga ball.  Everyone was happy to be back.

At sunset, the Great Chief Matt Hachigian led the Winnebago Nation to the Council Fire where new Scouts were welcomed to the Nation and long-time Scouts were honored for their achievements.  After the ceremony, the camp chefs fired up the barbecue pits to cook “second dinner”.  Scouts and dads enjoyed their traditional tribal meal as they swapped stories around the campfire.

Later Saturday evening, Joe Ott (pictured above) and his son Sam Ott of the Sauk tribe set-up their vintage 1987 Sears telescope so the Wilderness Scouts and their dads could get a closer look at the moon and stars.  Over 100 dads and Scouts took a gazed at the Wisconsin night skies.  The Camp out was a truly memorable experience.

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The First Camp Out of the Year


Horseback riding,  wall climbing, candle making, archery, fishing, games and riflery can only mean one thing… it is camp out season for the Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts and Princesses.  This past weekend the Park Ridge Iroquois Nation visited Camp Tecumseh in Indiana.   The girls played  day and night while the dads participated in the games and then grilled and smoked meats for their tribes.   It was fun for all!

Steve Quinlivan, Chief of the Crow, earns the top spot on the web page (pictured above) with his creative headgear at this past camp out.  Steve is one of the Federation’s most active members.  He is a retired Federation Treasurer, a retired Tree Master, and a former Tribal Chief of the Mighty Dakota with the Park Ridge Winnebago Nation (boys).  Steve gives a great deal of his time and energy to the organization to make sure that the kids and dads involved have memorable experiences.

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Welcome Back!


The 2016/2017 school has gotten under way, which means that it is time for Scouting season. Mike Grapenthien the Nation Chief of the PR Iroquois Nation welcomed new members to the Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts and Princesses at the Friday night’s Induction Ceremony. There was a march, a campfire, words of wisdom, and plenty of smiles from the girls joining the Iroquois Nation. Moms, dads, and kids attended the annual ceremony held at the Wildwood Nature Center.


We will miss you Kate

Celebrating Katherine Paige (Details tbd)

Many of you probably already have heard of the tragic early passing of Kate Babich earlier this week.  Kate besides being a fun-loving spunky 7 year old, loving daughter and sister, and fantastic friend to many was also a wonderful member of the Mighty Creek.  It was always a joy to see her and her father Cooper at Mighty Creek outings, campouts, tree sales etc.  She will be greatly missed.

 Many throughout Park Ridge are honoring Kate and supporting the Babich family by placing purple ribbons and bows on trees.  
Also as many of you are looking for ways to help the family in any way possible, please note that a foundation is being set up at the family’s request to honor Kate.  We welcome you to visit the link below to learn more about the Kate Babich Foundation.
We will miss you Kate

The 2016 Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade


This past Memorial Day the Park Ridge community honored the veterans who died while serving in the U.S. military.   It was beautiful day for a parade.

The Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses pulled wagons while throwing candy and trinkets to parade goers.  And yes, there were the parade  floats of the PR Iroquois Nation.  Kermit the Frog, a giant rubber duck, running with the bulls, a dinosaur, patriotic themed vehicles, flamingos and a Tiki bar  were a few of the floats that traveled the parade route.   The Seminole had a massive float themed with the organization’s upcoming name change to the Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts and Princesses.  Matt Adam’s Chippewa tribe, part of the PR Winnebago Nation, decided to get in on the action with their salute to the new Star Wars movie.  Maybe it is time for the rest of Federation to get into the float competition, too.

It was a great parade.  Most importantly, the kids had fun with there families as we paid tribute to our fallen veterans.

We at the Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses would like to thank the current and former members of U.S. military for all  they do to protect our freedom.  Thank you.


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The Park Ridge Navajo Tribe Prepares for the Memorial Day Parade



Several families from the PR Navajo tribe joined forces to decorate their float for the upcoming Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade.  Chief Eugene, Tara, Finley and Anthony Pullano developed and implemented the concept.  They were joined by John McNabola and his talented daughter Jessica (above).  Julia Farrell was also there to help out.

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The Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade is Fast Approaching

The Memorial Day Parade is on Monday May 30th at 10am.  Here are the important details for the day:
ASSEMBLE FOR PARADE:    We will meet in and around the parking lot area at South Park (Talcott and Cumberland) at 9:30am.   WEAR VESTS!!!  BRING CANDY!!  As usual, the parade moves north down Cumberland to Prairie to Main Street, ending at City Hall.  We follow the Maine Township Hockey group.  Please assemble by Nation. Our marching order will be:  IROQUOIS, MOHAWK, ALGONQUIN, WINNEBAGO, ILLINI.
Make sure to also apply sunscreen and bug spray before arriving at the parking lot.