Scouting jamboree in Palmerton
Henry Desrosiers, front, director of Carbon County Veterans Affairs, speaks prior to the flag retirement as part of the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary Scouting jamboree Saturday in the Palmerton Borough Park. Also pictured are Al Kohler, left, Larry Arner, second from left, and Ed Moyer, right.
It was a time to reflect, a time to observe, and certainly a pivotal day in the history of Boy Scouting.
Indeed, the Scouting jamboree held Saturday in the Palmerton Borough Park in observance of the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary lived up to its billing and then some.
Members of Palmerton Boy Scout Troops 20 and 41, along with Towamensing Boy Scout Troop 209, participated in the celebration, which began with a flag ceremony.
In addition, there was a backpacking demonstration, a Dutch oven presentation with food samples, cooking, rope making, ax throwing, pioneering projects, homemade ladder climbing, the branding of hats and/or leather items, and a two man saw competition.
David Savage, of Troop 41, said he was glad that visitors attended to get a greater appreciation for what Scouting is all about.
"It's a good time, and is to promote Scouting," Savage said. "I enjoyed the tomahawk throwing and the good food."
A flag retirement ceremony hosted by 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, was then conducted in the park.
The Patriotic flag retirement ceremony properly disposed of unusable United States Flags, as the members of the VFW ceremoniously retired unserviceable flags in the most respectful of manners.
Greg Gruber, assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 20, gave opening remarks and praised the Scouts for "doing what is good and right."
Henry Desrosiers, director of Carbon County Veterans Affairs, thanked all the Scouts and their families for their service.