No one knows just how long the time capsule has been in the ground at the old Boy Scout Hut on Elm Street in Dexter.
"It's believed the capsule was placed behind the cornerstone when the hut was built," says local Scout Leader Randy Graves.
That would mean that when today's Boy Scouts remove the capsule on Sept. 4 as part of the celebration of 100 years of Scouting, they'll be revealing some hopefully well-preserved data that was placed behind the cornerstone of the old Scout Hut some 60 years ago.
"No matter when it was placed there or what we'll find, it'll be fun uncovering whatever is there and going through the items that Scouts back then considered to be important," Graves says.
At the same time members of Troop 200 will be revealing the old capsule, a new one will be put in its place. Area Scouts have been busy in recent days determining just what should go into their 2010 capsule.
"We thought about a CD or DVD," Graves says, "but those will no doubt be outdated by the time this capsule is opened up. So, we'll put some photos and maybe some newspapers so whoever digs it up can tell what was happening way back in 2010. They boys will have a vital role in deciding what we'll place in the time capsule."
The opening of the 60-year-old capsule is just part of many activities planned for Saturday, Sept. 4, a day in Dexter aimed at celebrating the Boy Scouts' 100th anniversary in a big, big way.
The day will begin at 9 a.m. at the Vernon Gales Memorial Scout Hut on the North Outer Rd. overlooking Highway 60. There, a dedication to the totem pole that honors a fallen Eagle Scout, Andrew Trammell, will take place. The dedication is the culmination of over three years of work on the part of local Scouts and leaders.
The old time capsule will be unveiled at 10:30 a.m. at the old Scout Hut near the old Dexter Armory across from Central Gardens.
At 1 p.m. the Dexter Boy Scout Homecoming will be held at the Dexter Elks Lodge. Social hour begins at 1 o'clock with the program slated to begin at 2 p.m.
"The program will celebrate all Scouts and Scout leaders from as far back as we possibly can, up to the present," Graves explains. "We'll have plenty of displays and slide shows during the afternoon ceremony."
To make the day most meaningful for all Scouts, past and present, a special invitation is extended to all past Scouts in the area at attend the commemorative event Sept. 4 at the Elks Lodge.
"We're looking for all former Scouts," says Graves, "and we will pay a special tribute to all Eagle Rank Scouts."
While all former Scouts are urged to attend the event, those who reach the rank of Eagle are asked to contact Graves at 421-0576 to let him know of any intentions to attend the celebration.
"We'll be making preparations to honor all Eagle Scouts in a very special way," he says.
The event is free to the public and everyone, Graves says, is invited to help celebrate the "once in a lifetime" occasion.