Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Elder and Youth Field Trip to Chicago

By Carla A. Storm, Elder Services Director

On August 29th and 30th, SCC Elders and Youth took a bus trip to Chicago to watch a Brewers game and take in other sites. After some last minute funding complications and roster changes, we were finally on our way at 6:30 am. The first leg of our trip was to Green Bay for breakfast. The ride there was quiet as we were all still sleepy.

Once we got back on the road, Debbie Wendorf, ADRC of the Northwoods, had scavenger hunt games for the kids and adults to play along our journey to the Windy City. We had a mix of Brewers and Cubs fans so there was a little bantering back and forth on the bus.

We arrived at Shedd Aquarium in time to have lunch along the shores of Lake Michigan. When lunch was finished, we went with our groups to walk around the aquarium. A few of the Elders even got a special ride to the aquarium. Some groups arrived in time to watch the Beluga Whale show. Others were able to touch a Stingray, starfish and sea anemones!

The day went by quickly and we made our way to Navy Pier to check things out and have some pizza. The pizza was amazing and all the workers were so nice and accommodating to our large group.

There were so many things to see at Navy Pier and not enough time to see it all. Some of the children were able to ride on the Ferris wheel, drop tower, teacups and carousel.

A few chaperones and Elders stayed later and enjoyed a night cruise to see the skyline. After having to walk a little bit to get on our bus, we were all ready to get to our hotel rooms.


Everyone woke up refreshed and excited for the Brewers-Cubs game. After a nice continental breakfast, t-shirts and caps were handed out to our group and we headed to Wrigley Field, the second oldest ballpark in the United States, which was built in 1914. It was cloudy and, you guessed it, windy, in the Windy City but that did not stop us from enjoying the game. Even though the Brewers could not bring a “W” home, it was still a great experience for all. You could say it was a dream come true for some of our Cubs fans.
We would like to give a huge shout out to the Mole Lake Casino, SFI, SCC Dementia Care Specialist, Rec Center, Elderly Program and the Accounting Department for sponsoring, organizing, chaperoning, supplying food and everything else that came along with this project.

We also thank Lamers Bus Lines and the best driver ever, Bob, for getting us there and back safely. He was so patient with our group and the traffic. We will for sure be requesting him for our next field trip.

Sokaogon Chippewa Community should be so proud of the Youth. They represented the Tribe with respect and were so well behaved that it is worth telling everybody. Thank you for that kids!