Boy Scout jamboree planned for Palmerton
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 20 and Towamensing Boy Scout Troop 209 display a monkey bridge and pioneering project in preparation for the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary, which will be observed with a weekend Scouting Jamboree Saturday in the Palmerton Borough Park.
Come see how far they've grown one century since their inception.
That's the motto behind the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary, which will be observed with a weekend Scouting Jamboree.
To commemorate the landmark milestone, Palmerton Boy Scout Troops 20 and 41, along with Towamensing Boy Scout Troop 209, will take part in the celebration Saturday in the Palmerton Borough Park.
The celebration will kick off with a flag ceremony at 9 a.m. There will be a backpacking demonstration at 10 a.m., followed by a Dutch oven presentation with food samples from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will be open to the public for activities and demonstrations of cooking, rope making, ax throwing, pioneering projects, and homemade ladder climbing.
In addition, the troops will brand hats or leather items, and there will be a two man saw competition.
But, perhaps the most heartfelt activity will be a flag retirement ceremony from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
At that time, the United Veteran's Organization of Palmerton, which is comprised of American Legion Post 269 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7134, along with the boy scout troops, will host a Flag Retirement Ceremony in the park.
The Patriotic flag retirement ceremony will properly dispose of unusable United States Flags. The public may bring old flags, or call to retire flags.
Participants will have the opportunity to be involved as the members of the VFW ceremoniously retire unserviceable flags. The ceremony will conclude as the unusable flags are destroyed in the most respectful of manners.
The moving display of respect and patriotism will be conducted in conjunction with a weekend Scouting Jamboree celebrating the 100th anniversary of Scouting. Hands on displays such as cooking, camping, and woodworking and more are open to the public.
The ceremony gives participants the opportunity to properly dispose of their unusable flags and reflect on the rich tradition of America's strongest symbol.
Unusable flags are being collected in advance by appointment by calling (610) 297-2931, or 484-515-2366, or may be brought on the day of the event.