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Boy Scouts Celebrate 100 Years

July 25, 2010 - 4:57 PM | by: Heidi Noonan

Thousands of Boy Scouts from all over the country descended on the nation’s capitol on Sunday to commemorate a hundred years of scouting with a parade complete with floats, bands, horses, volunteers, and of course, a giant inflatable cake.  

Despite near record breaking temperatures, the Grand Centennial Parade made its way down Constitution Avenue in what is the largest parade for the Boy Scouts since President Franklin D. Roosevelt invited the scouts to Washington D.C. in 1937.

Scouts told Fox News they are excited and honored to be in Washington for this historic event.  Eagle Scout Tanner Hatcher from Ohio says, “it’s just great to be here and see all the people that have come out for this.” 

Asheville, North Carolina Troop 1937 said that being in Boy Scouts is a big responsibility.  “In earlier stages of scouting, we do a lot of camping and learning, how to do outdoor things, knot tying, first aid, and survival.  As we progress through the ranks, it’s a lot more leadership based.  It’s very much teamwork, leadership, ethics, and working with each other.”

Les Baron, Scout Executive, says the organization is about building the future of America, “having a good time, hanging out with their friends, doing something that’s wholesome and good is part of their lives.  What they learn in scouting, they’ll take into their adulthood.” 

Scouts from Troop 380 based in Washington D.C. said it was hot, but that, “this won’t happen for another hundred years or so.  This is really fun, it’s a once and a lifetime thing.”

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