A new scout being welcomed to Troop 50. Photo by Peggy Blackburn
A new scout being welcomed to Troop 50. Photo by Peggy Blackburn

Scouts celebrate 75th anniversary

Published 8:44am Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wetumpka Boy Scout Troop 50 celebrated its 75th anniversary Saturday evening. The event, held at the scout lodge adjacent to Fain Park, featured food, fellowship and displays of various scouting memorabilia – along with games and examples of scout campsites.
“I’m pleased with the turnout,” said Gardner Perdue, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 50. “We’re glad to have some folks here who were either scouts or scout leaders for Troop 50 in the past.”
Matt Payne was one of those representing the troop’s past. He said he earned his Eagle Scout in 1999.
“It really doesn’t seem like it’s been that long ago,” he said. “I’m glad to see they have a large group of boys involved in the troop. I don’t think we had this many.”
Adrian Cahill II was another with ties to Troop 50’s past. He was involved for a number of years as one of the group’s leaders.
“I always enjoyed it,” he said. “But, I guess we’re looking at being active with Girl Scouts now. We have enough granddaughters to form our own troop.”
Perdue encouraged attendees to browse through the displays that included issues of Boys’ Life, dating back 50 years and more. Other exhibits featured badges, newspaper clippings and photographs.
“I think all of this is very interesting,” said Councilmember Rebecca Thornton (D3). “It’s just really neat to think about how long the troop has been in existence and how many years they’ve been meeting right here.”
Wetumpka’s Boy Scout Troop 50 was founded March 31, 1938. It was first sponsored by the Wetumpka Lions Club and the first Scoutmaster was O.M. Bratton.

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