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Boy Scouts of America turns 100

Local group to celebrate during event Saturday evening

Jack Weinstein

Steamboat Springs Cub Scouts Izaac Kinnison, right, and Lucas Morter salute at the beginning of Wednesday night’s meeting at the middle school. The group is celebrating the 100th year of scouting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.





Steamboat Springs Cub Scouts Izaac Kinnison, right, and Lucas Morter salute at the beginning of Wednesday night's meeting at the middle school. The group is celebrating the 100th year of scouting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.
Matt Stensland

— There really isn't a better reason to throw a party.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Local scouts are hosting a celebration from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

The event will feature an Italian dinner with cake for dessert. There will be scouting memorabilia on display from each decade of the previous century. A magician will perform, and the scouts have prepared skits. Spa packages, weekend getaways and gift certificates to local restaurants and merchants, donated by scouts' parents, will be available during live and silent auctions.

Tickets are $8 per person or $25 for a family of four. All proceeds will be dedicated to future scouts and scouting programs, Steamboat Cub Scout Pack 194 Cubmaster John Peretz, who is helping organize the event, said during the annual Blue and Gold Banquet on Wednesday night.

"We felt the 100th year gave us an opportunity to create a little bit of a legacy fund for future scouts coming through the program," he said.

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Peretz said the legacy fund could provide scholarships for prospective Cub Scouts whose families may not be able to afford the $85 annual fee. Or money from the fund also could be used to buy a Pinewood Derby track, which the Steamboat pack borrows each year from the scouts in Craig, he said.

In the past two or three years, Peretz said, the number of local scouts has doubled to about 85.

"The scouting program in Steamboat is really gathering a lot of momentum," he said. "It's one of the only programs I can think of that works on character development in a noncompetitive environment. Kids are doing stuff that they wouldn't get the opportunity to do."

Nine-year-old Zeke Kinni­son, a Webelo — the step before becoming a Boy Scout — said his favorite thing about scouting was the field trips. The Steamboat scouts recently returned from an overnight trip to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. They'll venture to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in a few weeks.

Cub Scout Matthew Kem­pers, 8, said he preferred the camping trips.

"It's fun because you get to be in the outdoors and stuff," he said.

Another Cub Scout, Kyle Taulman, 8, couldn't single out his favorite thing about the Cub Scouts.

"Everything," he said. "I love everything."

Peretz said scouts from Denver, Glenwood Springs and Colorado Springs, who will be earning merit badges this weekend on Mount Werner, also would attend the party. He said organizers expect about 250 people to attend.

But Peretz encouraged anyone who's ever been involved in scouting, or members of the community who want to have a good time, to come to the 100th anniversary celebration.

"It only happens once a century," he said.

RSVP by calling Christine Pohlman at 819-0023.

If you go

What: 100th year of scouting celebration

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Steamboat Springs Community Center

Cost: $8 per person or $25 for a family of four

Call: Christine Pohlman at 819-0023 to RSVP

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