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Scouting celebrates 100 years

August 22, 2009

"If you are going to celebrate a 100th anniversary, do it in a big way."

That's the philosophy of six adult volunteers from Michigan who paid a visit to the Mason-Dixon Boy Scouts of America Council during a unique 45,000-mile, yearlong road trip, helping Boy Scout councils in the United States kickoff their local celebration of 100 years of Scouting.

Dubbed "A Century of Values," the road journey teams launched their official kickoff in Laingsburg, Mich., Feb. 8.

The caravan is winding its way across the country, scheduled to end in Irving, Texas, at the National Boy Scout Museum on Feb. 8, 2010, the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouting in America.

Fourteen teams will rotate driving the 45,000 miles in a 32-foot colorfully decorated motor home donated by Coachmen Industries.

At each of the 300 plus council stops, team members will present local Boy Scout representatives with a framed 24-by-30-inch anniversary mural and help kick off local centennial events.

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The mural depicts famous individuals, places and events in Scouting history. It was created by professional illustrator and Eagle Scout Bill Morrison, who has done design work for Disney and Hollywood animation studios.

The team presented Scout Executive Mark Barbernitz and Council President Jerry Harness with a print for the Mason-Dixon Council.

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