A century of being prepared

This vintage Boy Scout handbook and plaque are among the many scouting memorabilia exhibits on display at the Port Huron Museum through April 25. Photos by: Twana Pinskey

This vintage Boy Scout handbook and plaque are among the many scouting memorabilia exhibits on display at the Port Huron Museum through April 25. Photos by: Twana Pinskey

Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor    

   Boy Scouts of America website states that boy scouts was founded to help young people attain skills necessary to become responsible, well rounded citizens.

Founded in 1910, the scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary this year.

  Port Huron Museum, in collaboration with Blue Water council of Boy Scouts of America, opened the “Celebrating 100 years of Scouting” exhibit at the Main Museum in Port Huron Feb 6th and will continue the exhibit through April 25.

   According to the “Scout-o-rama” web site, there are many celebrities who are former scouts: Walter Cronkite, journalist, television anchor; movie mogul, Steven Spielberg; Henry Hank Aaron, baseball player; Bruce Jenner, Olympic Gold Medalist; Mark Spitz, Olympic swimming gold medalist.

   SC4’s President, Dr. Kevin Pollock, is an Eagle Scout having attained this status on March 25, 1973 with troop 368 in Grand Blanc, Michigan. “It gave me a lot of opportunity to see things from different perspectives,” said Dr. Pollock. According to Pollock, the Eagle Scout ceremony and going to Camp Tapico in Grayling, Michigan were among his favorite memories of scouting.

   According to the museum’s Web site, the exhibit was designed by their curator of exhibits and collections, Suzette Brombley. “Most of the material used to build this exhibit was donated,” explained Brombley.

   The history of scouting in America is shown through exhibits such as photographs, old uniforms, patches, personal recollections of former scouts, hands on activities such as knot tying and practicing firearms skills with a laser simulator.

   According to Holly Madock, museum manager of volunteers, in addition to this variety of activities, groups can schedule an overnight stay as part of the scouting experience.

   “It went really well when we did our last overnight stay,” said Madock. She explained another overnight is being planned for April 16. Adults are required to stay with the overnighters.

   Other scouting activities offered at the museum include identification of animal tracks, and “secrets of the pinewood derby.”

   Museum hours are 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Further information on this exhibit can be obtained by calling the museum at:  810-982-0891.

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