The 100th birthday of Boy Scouting's celebration will kick off Saturday morning with the long-awaited dedication of the totem pole at the Vernon Gales Memorial Scout Hut on the Outer Road North in Dexter. That observance will take place at 9 a.m., followed at 10:30 a.m. by the recovery of a time capsule that was put in place behind the cornerstone of the building in 1950. Plans call for a current day time capsule to be left in its place.
The real fun then begins at the Dexter Elks Lodge at 1 p.m. with a full schedule of activities focusing around honoring 100 years of Boy Scouts and their leaders in the area.
Following a welcome by organizer Randy Graves, Troop 200's Honor Guard will present colors, and a 100th Anniversary slide presentation will be presented.
Several dignitaries will be on hand to help mark the occasion. Graves, along with local leaders in the Scouting arena, Tony Stevens, Terry Holder, Linda Ulm, and Graves' wife, Diane, assure the community that all area Scouts, past and present, along with Eagle Scouts, will be honored during this centennial celebration.
The organizing committee has compiled a list of Eagle Scouts from the area, past and present. Most on the list are now adults in the community and have continued utilizing their leadership skills in their adult lives. The Eagles are former members of Troops 70, 71, 170, 200, and 371. The list of Eagle Scouts and past and present Scout leaders over the years will be posted in its entirety Friday on the Daily Statesman's website, www.dailystatesman.com
"We encourage everyone in the community to come out and help us celebrate this momentous occasion," Graves says. "You don't have to be a Scout or former Scout to come and pay tribute to all of their efforts over the years."