Boy Scouts of America celebrate centennial

By ALLY ANDERSON
Multimedia by ALLY ANDERSON, ALEX GIDDINGS and JONATHAN STEFFENS
neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

Click on the photo to see an audio slideshow.

The Great Rivers Council celebrates with the rest of the Boy Scouts of America their 100th anniversary this year.

Parents of Pack 5, which meets at Missouri United Methodist Church, have chosen the Scouts as an investment in their sons’ futures. These parents realize that Scouting will provide a foundation in citizenship, leadership skills and practical skills all under the guise of fun.

The Pack as well as the rest of the Scouting community provide opportunities for boys that they cannot obtain in school. The entire family is invited to share activities and growth with their sons.

Packs from the Great Rivers Council participate every year in a Pinewood Derby and a family campout, which this year was held May 1 and 2 at Camp Thunderbird, located just north of Columbia in Jacksonville.

The Boy Scouts of America gets involved with the community. For example, the Mizzou Race I Formula SAE team is asked by the Boonslick District every year to judge the Pinewood Derby cars.

Another connection to the community is with the Broadway Christian Life Center, where the Boonslick District Derby was held. It allows the use of its recreation and social halls to hold the event and permits the District to meet there each month.

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