In commemoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' 100-year affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scout Troop 43 held an event called "A Century of Honor" on Oct. 30. Special guests included Kevin Bonner, Executive for the Chief Cornplanter Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and Ernie Crawford, Executive for the Handsome Lake District of the Council.
The event included a broadcast originating at the Church Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, which featured historical vignettes, Scout choirs, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and videos highlighting important events, service, and achievements of Scouts from the past century. A recording of the broadcast may be viewed at scouts100.lds.org.
The Boy Scout movement began in England in 1907, and in 1910 the Boy Scouts of America was founded. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints became the first sponsor of Scouting in the United States in 1913. Since then, m illions of Latter-day Saints have worn the iconic Scout uniform at some point in their lives. LDS Church is now the largest sponsoring organization of BSA with more than 430,000 boys and young men enrolled.
Scouts and Leaders of Troop 43, from left, Thomas Gaskin, Tristan Taylor, Jacob Mortenson, Dustin Jesson, Grant Duffee and Mikey Miranda in front and Bishop David Cross, Scoutmaster Doug Foster, Tom Gaskin, Ralph Miller, John Mortenson, District Executive Ernie Crawford,
and Council Executive Kevin Bonner in back.
Warren's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meets at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. The chapel is located just outside of Warren on Rt. 6 East. Phone 779-8429 for more information.
Boy Scout Troop 43 meets on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and welcomes Scouts and leaders of all faiths. Phone Scoutmaster Doug Foster at 489-7742 for more information.