100 years and counting

A local museum is showcasing items gathered in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts in Webster City.

Volunteers at the Wilson Brewer Park Depot Museum have set up a display containing many items collected from the scouts over the years, including jackets, badges, news articles and much more. Collected news pieces about the local Boy Scouts range back to 1911. Scouting did not officially begin until the Troop 517 charter was officially accepted in February of 1913. Volunteers said that two years of research have not yet created a complete collection of news items, but several binders full of news about the local troops are testament to their work.

In addition to news pieces collected by volunteers, the displays also feature historic Boy Scout uniforms donated or on loan to the Depot Museum. MacKinlay Kantor’s original jacket from 1916 is on display courtesy of Kendall Young Library. The display also identifies several merit badges on the jacket from art and scholarship to first aid and pathfinding.

Other local groups have loaned items to the display. The local American Legion Post 191 has loaned a bugle that was first presented by the Legion to the Boy Scouts during the Murray McMurray scouting era. The Post later presented them with a new bugle in 1989, and it has been on display at the Post until now.

Several media presentations are also on hand at the Depot Museum. Topics include the Troop 17 South Building posters which date back to 1913 and Scout activity movies which date back to 1938.

These displays and more will be available for viewing at the Depot Museum until it closes for the season at the end of October.

A celebration of the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouting will be held this weekend from Friday to Sunday at Wilson Brewer Park. A dinner featuring pork chops will kick off activities on Friday evening, with opening ceremonies set for 7:15 p.m. on Friday. Charles McMurray will tell a ghost story and host a sing-a-long and the film “Follow Me, Boys!,” a 1965 adaptation of Kantor’s “God and My Country” novel about the McMurray scouting era will be shown outdoors after dark.

Saturday kicks off with a lunch served by the Scouts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a Court of Honor and Eagle Scout Ceremony after beginning at 1:15 p.m. Former Scouts and guests will have the chance to tour Dolliver Park at 2:30 p.m., with a bottle rocket display by Troop 517 beginning at that time as well.

For more information, the Boy Scout Troop can be reached on their Facebook page, WC TroopSeventeen.


What: Webster City Boy Scouts 100th anniversary celebration

When: Friday, beginning at 7:15 p.m., through Sunday

Where: Wilson Brewer Park