Annual ‘Chill Billy’ event features a variety of winter activities

'Chill Billy' featured a ton of activities, including ice fishing and maple-syrup making.
'Chill Billy' featured a ton of activities, including ice fishing and maple-syrup making.(25 News / Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 5:27 PM CST
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CHILLICOTHE (25 NEWS) - Sometimes, boredom can set in during the cold months, but Camp Wokanda held a big event Saturday to show there is still plenty of activities out there to do.

The annual ‘Chill Billy’ is designed to get people outside, teach them something new, and provide a fun-filled day for families.

Activities Saturday included ice fishing, a cast-iron cooking class, rope-tying, fire-starting, maple syrup-making and a lot more.

“It’s just nice to give people an opportunity in the winter to get out of the house and get outdoors,” Camp Wokanda manager Jacob Mol said. “Even though it’s cold, there’s just some really cool, unique opportunities that you don’t normally find in central Illinois.”

One of the big parts of Saturday’s event was ‘orienteering’, where people navigate through the woods using only a map and compass.

“Getting out in the woods and getting more families interested - you get a lot of families that have never done winter sports before. So it’s great to introduce them to it,” said George Mattson of the Illinois River Valley Orienteering Club.

“It’s beautiful out here this time of year. No bugs, snow is beautiful - that’s a bonus,” Bloomington resident Tara Mayner said.

Camp Wokanda often has something fun going on in the winter months. For more information on upcoming events, visit this link.

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