Area Boy Scouts to celebrate centennial

ALBANY -- While the official 100th anniversary date for the Boy Scouts of America has passed, the Chehaw Council is continuing the celebration of the centennial of scouting by hosting a reunion for all persons who have participated in the program throughout its 100 years.

Ray Allen, Council Executive of Chehaw Council, said the alumni reunion is a great opportunity for the Boy Scouts to see the progress they have made since its creation in February 1910 and to prepare for the future of the organization.

The Council Executive said the reunion will take place at Camp Osborn near Sylvester at 4 p.m. Friday.

Activities for the afternoon's event include a walking tour of Camp Osborn and a dedication of the camp's new trap and skeet shooting range.

"The range is great and it is finished for the kids to use this summer," said Allen.

A catered dinner of grilled and BBQ chicken will be served in the camp dining hall at 6 p.m.

Allen said all persons who have ever been a Cub Scout, Webelo Scout, Boy Scout or Explorer Scout in the Chehaw Council, Southwest Georgia Council or any other council in scouting is welcome to attend Friday's event.

"All we ask is a $15 donation for the food," said the council executive, who has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for more than 30 years.

Reservations can be made by calling the Chehaw Council's office at (229) 436 - 7226 or by visiting chehawcouncil.com and printing the online reservation form.

More than 110 million Americans are estimated to have been members of Boy Scouts of America throughout its 100 years.

In 2010, more than four million are currently active in the program.

The Chehaw Council of the Boys Scouts of America was formed in 1939 and is based in Albany at 1100 North Madison St. The council serves 17 Southwest Georgia counties.