MALTA – The corn maze at Jonamac Orchard in Malta this year is in a shape that honors the Boy Scouts of America – a badge.
The corn maze features the words “100 years,” “Boy Scouts of America,” “1910, 2010” and the Boy Scout motto at the bottom of the logo, reading “be prepared,” all among various paths.
The Jonamac Orchard website encourages visitors to “test your orienteering skills and ‘be prepared’ to get lost in the Boy Scout badge.”
The honor was given because Scouting is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, said Kevin McArtor, co-owner of the orchard and a leader for Boy Scout Troop 33 in DeKalb, who decided on the theme.
His two sons, both Boy Scouts, were involved in the process. They helped remove the corn and create the design.
“The orchard has always been involved with Scouting,” McArtor said. “We always try to commemorate something special, and the Boy Scouts of America is a great program.”
The corn maze stretches 10 acres and involves three miles of pathways and two bridges. The maze is open through Oct. 31. For each paid admission to the corn maze during the month of September, $1 will be donated to the Friends of Scouting.
The corn maze opened this weekend at the Malta orchard. McArtor said a big crowd showed up Saturday.
Many familiar activities have returned to the orchard this year, including the Apple Train and Apple Launcher. New this year is the Jumping Pillow, a large trampoline for children.
Starting mid-September, a petting zoo, live music, hayrides and festivals will be offered. The Country Store and Bakery are open seven days a week.
According to McArtor, “apples are here early this year, and apple cider is ready.” Customers are encouraged to pick their own apples in the orchard.
The haunted corn maze begins Oct. 1 and will be open for 11 nights.
Scouting Weekend at Jonamac Orchard has returned this year as well. On Sept. 11, there will be overnight camping at the orchard for local troops, and commemorative patches will be available. The event has been promoted through the Three Fires Council, which serves youth throughout DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Kendall, and parts of Will and Cook counties