Happy Birthday, Boy Scouts!

It was quite a birthday celebration last week for the Greenwich Council of the Boy Scouts of America. After all, not just any town institution gets to turn 100.

Last week the council marked the approval of its official charter on July 12, 1912 with a centennial birthday bash at the Seton Scout Reservation on Riversville Road. Scouts past, present and future all gathered for the celebration, which included a look back at the Council’s glorious past and of course a big birthday cake befitting such an important event.

The Scouts Honor Guard kicked off the event with a colorful procession of flags and First Selectman Peter Tesei read a proclamation commemorating the celebration. The history of the Scouts in town played a major part in the festivities as old newspaper clippings about the council’s efforts in the community and photographs and documents from its history were all put on display, marking the evolution of the Scouts from a simple hand-held compass to today’s generation which is able to track in their iPhones.

 

“But no matter how much the times change, 100 years later Scouts are still learning the same scouting values, following the 12 points of the Scout Law, enjoying the outdoors, building a passion for volunteerism and becoming leaders of integrity and character,” the Council said in a press release marking the centennial.

The Greenwich Council has always had a strong tie to Boy Scout history. Ernest Thompson Seton, a co-founder of the national Boy Scouts of America, lived in Cos Cob and was the first president of the Greenwich Council. He also donated the land that became the council’s headquarters today.

This birthday party was only one part of the year-long celebration that will culminate with an event Oct. 13 at the Hyatt Regency called a “scouting party 100 years in the making.”

More information is available online at greenwichscouting.org.

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