100 Years Of Scouting Celebrated In Pawhuska

Friday, July 3rd 2009, 5:15 pm
By: News On 6

By Jeffrey Smith, The News On 6

PAWHUSKA, OK -- An Oklahoma town is gearing up for a historic weekend celebration.  Hundreds of Boy Scouts are setting up tents in Pawhuska to celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary.

Tyler Davis is the first to admit he's not the best hatchet thrower, but he says it's just not about hitting a bull's-eye.

"It just helped me with leadership.  It's helped me with everything that I've done so far. Just working, having a good strength of character now," said Boy Scout Tyler Davis.

The 10 year veteran of the Boy Scouts is one of an estimated 300 kids who'll be camping out in Pawhuska, learning skills and building character.

The troops are driving in all day Friday from around the state.  The weekend is about earning all kinds of merit badges and having some fun.

"I'm just really happy that scouting has spread so much this far," said Boy Scout Tyler Davis.

It's all to celebrate an organization that started 100 years ago in Pawhuska and has impacted thousands of lives.  For the next few days, Pawhuska will be turned into the Boy Scout Capital of America.

"This is supposed to be one of the biggest events that we've ever had. I'm just really thrilled to be able to be in this," said Tyler Davis.

Troop Master Bruce Hendron says he's thrilled to meet scouts from every corner of the state.

"It's a good program for the kids, and also good for the adults that are in it. It helps to grow good individuals, who grow up to do a lot for their communities," said Troop Master Bruce Hendron.

In addition to all of the fun, classic Boy Scout activities, the town will host Shooter Jennings for a major concert on Saturday evening.

Plus, the scouts will be doing activities and earning merit badges through Sunday afternoon.