Boy Scouts of America to Host Largest Gathering of Scouts in Michigan at the 2013 Rendezvous, Sept. 21-22 at Willow Metropark in New Boston, Mich.

-- More than 6,000 Scouts are registered; public also invited
-- Event is designed to demonstrate the benefits of scouting for parents and children
-- Sponsors include Toyota and TI Automotive

NEW BOSTON, Mich., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 6,000 have registered to participate in the Great Lakes Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America 2013 Rendezvous, sponsored by Toyota, on September 21-22 at Willow Metropark in New Boston, Mich.  This action-packed weekend – which is open to the pubic – will provide a full range of challenging games, demonstrations and fun activities for every member of the family. The weekend is designed to promote the many challenging experiences that Scouting provides.   

"First and foremost, this event will serve as a grand re-introduction of Scouting to the public, and to do that, we have scheduled full lineup of activities for all attendees that demonstrate the fun, as well as the lifelong educational experiences that Scouting provides," said Denver Laabs, program director for the Boy Scouts of America

These activities include: "Pumpkin Chunkin'," a chance to learn the art of blacksmithing, or try your hand at shooting a BB gun or pellet rifle, in addition to completing an Olympic style action course.  Participants can take an off road Jeep ride, kayak a slalom course, and test your skills at the world's longest pinewood derby race!  In addition, Scouts and adults will have the chance to participate in a 5K FUN, RUN & WALK.

"I grew up with Scouting as an important part of my youth and many of the lessons I learned there remain relevant today," said 2013 Rendezvous event chairman, Bill Kozyra – who is Chairman, CEO and President of TI Automotive.  "This event will show that Scouting is truly something that can be an asset to you throughout your life."

The entertainment will last far into the night, as the 2013 Rendezvous will also feature an arena show on Saturday night hosted by FOX-2 Anchor, Huel Perkins.  This marquee event will open with, "Class A" followed by the main act "Global Village".  The evening will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display – one of the largest in Michigan.     

For more information about 2013 Rendezvous, and a full list of program offerings and times visit

About the Great Lakes Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America:

The Great Lakes Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America provides a variety of youth development and camping programs that promote character, leadership and life skills to more than 25,000 Southeast Michigan boys and girls. The Great Lakes Field Service Council works with nearly 10,000 adult volunteer leaders in conjunction with over 700 partner organizations to teach young people the values and behaviors they need to succeed in life. More information on the Great Lakes Field Service Council can be found at