Troop 75 celebrated 88 years of Scouting (50 years of consecutive charter) on Saturday, October 2 in grand style. A Scout tent time line was set up on the front lawn of the RJO building to greet guests. A huge American Flag hung from center stage of the auditorium. Candles were lit representing the Scout Law, Oath, and Spirit. One current Scout representing his rank took the spirit candle to light the candle in front of his rank sign. The scene was set to receive past troop members who earned the prestigious Eagle Rank. Each alumni Eagle speaker spoke of his fond memories of his Scouting experience in Troop 75. Common threads from each of the Eagle speakers were that Scouting taught leadership, confidence, public speaking, friendships that last a lifetime, values to ward off peer pressure, and special spirit towards life, family, country and Scouting. And Mr. McDermott is known as "Mr. McDermott" to even our older alumni. Current troop members were introduced to our alumni and guests and recognized with their most recently earned merit badges and rank . A special Kodak moment was the highlight of the ceremony when all past alumni Scouts, alumni Eagle Scouts, current Scouts, Scoutmasters and assistants, and committee members all posed for a picture in front of the huge American flag. You could just feel the pride and Scout spirit in the air. Great new Troop 75 hats were distributed to all alumni and guests together with an historical journal full of our troop’s history. After the ceremony, a delicious luncheon was served.
On the way to the luncheon, guests visited current troop member tables displaying merit badge books through the years and knot demonstrations. After clean up from a top-notch celebration, we all looked forward to the evening campfire and flag retirement ceremony at Caleb Smith State Park. Around the campfire, current Scouts planned skits and songs to be performed for the alumni. Skits and songs were fun and entertaining. The alumni pulled off extremely funny skits for the current Scouts, guests and other alumni. Alumni and Scouts worked together on a few skits – teamwork excelled. Once a Scout-always a Scout. As our campfire began to wind down, Troop 75 alumni, Scouts, leaders, and guests sung vespers to end our campfire. Our special celebration will be remembered for years to come.
A special thanks to all of our alumni for sharing their Scouting experiences with us. Your experience sharing words of encouragement and support to us on our Scouting journey were the highlight of our anniversary.
Thank you to all of our adult leaders, committee members, moms, dads, alumni, and guests for making our 88 years of Scouting celebration a hit. Scouting would not be Scouting without each and every one of you. Your guidance, experience, support, encouragement, and at times nagging shapes us into the successful young men that can soar to Eagle height.
- by Larry R., Troop Scribe
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