Monday, 05 November 2007

Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts Celebrate Anniversary


Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts Celebrate Anniversary
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Boy Scout troop 117 of Fulton, Illinois and eight other troops from the White Eagle district helped celebrate the 100th anniversary of the scouting movement.  All of the troops were gathered on a farm outside of Dixon, Illinois on October 6 and 7.  Guests of honor included Michael Baden-Powell, grandson of Colonel Robert Baden-Powell, and Robert Burnham, grandson of Major Frederick Russell Burnham.  The troops were greeted by a Chinook helicopter and given a tour of the aircraft.  Later in the day, troop 117 was joined by three Webelos from Cub Scout pack 342, also of Fulton. 


  That night there was a bonfire, where Native American dancers performed and Mr. Baden-Powell was presented with a statuette from the district and a handsome staff decorated by all troops present.  After the bonfire there was a game with the ROTC from Northern Illinois University, the object of the game was that a patrol of scouts must get to a designated area without being caught by the ROTC.  The next morning all attended a church service and packed up camp.  The troops stopped to talk to Mr. Baden-Powell and Mr. Burnham on their way out, and were presented with commemorative coins.  All of the scouts from the Fulton troop received a coin.  There are only one hundred such coins in existence.  Needless to say, a good time was had by all.

Courtesy of Fulton Journal